| ALTRIA GROUP: Trial to Commence in Q1 2016 in Vassallo Case
Class Action Reporter, July 17, 2015
Altria Group, Inc., said in its Form 10-Q Report filed with theSecurities and Exchange Commission on April 23, 2015, for thequarterly period ended March 31, 2015, that UST LLC ("UST") and/orits tobacco subsidiaries has been named in a number of otherindividual tobacco and health suits over time. Plaintiffs'allegations of liability in these cases are based on varioustheories of recovery, such as negligence, strict liability, fraud,misrepresentation, design defect, failure to warn, breach ofimplied warranty, addiction and breach of consumer protectionstatutes. Plaintiffs seek various forms of relief, includingcompensatory and punitive damages, and certain equitable relief,including but not limited to disgorgement. Defenses raised inthese cases include lack of causation, assumption of the risk,comparative fault and/or contributory negligence, and statutes oflimitations. USSTC is currently named in one such action inFlorida (Vassallo). In December 2014, the court entered ascheduling order setting trial to commence in the first quarter of2016.