Welcome to the Information Website for the Arkansas Marlboro Lights Settlement

If you purchased Marlboro Lights or Marlboro Ultra Lights in the state of Arkansas, you could get money from a class action settlement.

A $45 million Settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit against Philip Morris USA Inc. (“Philip Morris” or “Defendant”) about, among other things, whether Marlboro Lights and Marlboro Ultra Lights cigarettes were deceptively advertised, marketed and sold as healthier to smoke than regular cigarettes. Philip Morris denies the allegations in the lawsuit, and the Court has not decided who is right.

The Settlement offers payments to anyone who bought Marlboro Lights and Marlboro Ultra Lights cigarettes in the state of Arkansas between November 1, 1971 and June 22, 2010. Each payment will be based on the number of packs purchased and when they were purchased during that time period. If you are a Class member, you must file a claim in order to receive a payment.

Your legal rights are affected whether you act or do not act.

SUBMIT A CLAIM FORM Submit a Claim Form seeking cash payment.
EXCLUDE YOURSELF Request to be excluded and get no benefits from the Settlement. This is the only option that allows you to start or continue your own lawsuit against Philip Morris for the claims at issue in the Settlement.
OBJECT Write to the Court about why you do not like the Settlement.
GO TO A HEARING Ask to speak in Court about the fairness of the Settlement.
DO NOTHING Get no benefits. Give up any rights you might have to sue Philip Morris about the claims resolved by the Settlement.

The Court in charge of this lawsuit still has to decide whether to approve the Settlement. If it does, and after any appeals are resolved, benefits will be distributed to those who submit a valid claim form. Please be patient.

Important Dates

  • November 1, 1971 through June 22, 2010
    Class Period
  • November 1, 2016
    Deadline to Exclude yourself from the Settlement
  • November 1, 2016
    Deadline to Object to the Settlement
  • December 1, 2016 12:00 a.m. CST
    Online Claim Filing Deadline
  • December 1, 2016
    Postmarked Deadline for Claim Filing Deadline
  • November 21, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. CST
    Fairness Hearing
    Pulaski County Circuit Court
    Division 6
    401 West Markham Street
    Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
  • January 7, 2017
    Objections to the Attorney's Fees and Class Representative Fees
  • January 17, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. CST
    Hearing for Attorney's Fees and Class Representative Fees