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Philip Morris Philippines Manufacturing, Inc. v. Hon. Winlove Dumayas, et al.

A smoker sued a tobacco company alleging that the company tempted him through television advertisements to begin smoking at the age of fourteen, which resulted in addiction to cigarettes and subsequent contraction of lung cancer. The defendant moved to dismiss the complaint on procedural grounds, which the trial court denied.  This Court held that the trial court had not gravely abused its discretion so as to call into question the jurisdiction of the court over the issue.  The Court further noted that prescription had not expired prior to commencement of the suit.