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PHILIP MORRIS ANNOUNCES COURT RULING

 PHILIP MORRIS ANNOUNCES COURT RULING
 NEW YORK, May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Philip Morris Companies, Inc.


(NYSE: MO) today issued the following:
 In the Circuit Court of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for
 Dade County, Fla.
 General Jurisdiction Division
 Norma R. Broin, et al., plaintiffs, vs. Philip Morris Companies,
 Inc., et al., defendants.
 ORDER GRANTING DEFENDANT'S MOTION
 TO DISMISS THE CLASS ACTION ALLEGATIONS
 This matter came on to be heard by the court on defendant's motion to dismiss class action allegations, and the issue was heard by the court on April 20, 1992, at which time arguments were heard on both sides of this issue from the parties present.
 Because of the novelty of the issue and the fact that this is a case of first impression, the court ordered attorneys representing both sides to submit case law and other material for review by the court. These submissions were voluminous and covered both federal and state law.
 The court having reviewed the material presented and heard arguments of counsel, makes the following findings:
 Pursuant to the requirements of Rule 1.220, Florida Rules of Civil Procedure, the court finds that:
 1. The members of the class are extremely numerous, being on the range of some 60,000 claimants.
 2. The claim or defense of the representative party raises questions of law or fact which may not be common to the questions of law or fact raised by the claim or defense of each member of the class. Specifically: too many variables as to whether any or all of the plaintiffs worked the same hours, or for the same period of time, or under conditions comparable each to the other, or were susceptible to the same exposure, or whether outside influences such as exposure in restaurants, lounges, or other ares apart from the work place would be common to all -- and the defenses to such claims could be equally variable.
 3. In light of No. 2 above, the claims or defense of the representative party may not be typical of the claim or defense of each member of the class. In addition to the above, there are some 28 various claims of medical conditions for individuals which may or may not have any relationship to the claims in question.
 4. It may be doubtful that the representative party can fairly and adequately protect and represent the interests of each member of the class because of wide spread distribution of said members throughout this and other countries, and the diversity of the laws of such states and nations.
 Based on the consideration of the court of Section A of Florida Rules of Civil Procedure 1.220 and upon the above, the court need not proceed any further as to Section B of Florida Rules of Civil Procedure 1.220.
 Therefore, the court finds no basis for certification of the cause as a class action suit and hereby grants defendant's motion to dismiss the class action allegations.
 (Robert Paul Kaye, Circuit Court Judge)
 -0- 5/20/92
 /CONTACT: John Boltz of Philip Morris, 212-880-4119/
 (MO) CO: Philip Morris Companies, Inc. ST: Florida, New York IN: TOB SU:


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