[JURIST] US tobacco companies including Philip Morris and RJ Reynolds [corporate websites], along with an industry trade group, filed an appeal [cert. petition, PDF] with the US Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday to overturn a $271.5 million class action settlement. The settlement was awarded [ruling] by the Louisiana Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] in order to establish a fund meant to help Louisianans quit smoking. The ruling came after the court found the tobacco [JURIST…

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