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Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurance companies (the Blues) provide 68 million Americans with health-care  financing. The Blues have paid billions of dollars for care attributable to illnesses related to tobacco use. In an attempt  to recover some of this amount, the Blues filed a suit in a federal district court against tobacco companies and others,  alleging fraud, among other things. The Blues claimed that beginning in 1953, the defendants conspired to addict  millions of Americans, including members of Blue Cross plans, to cigarettes and other tobacco products. The  conspiracy involved misrepresentation about the safety of nicotine and its addictive properties, marketing efforts  targeting children, and agreements not to produce or market safer cigarettes. The defendants’ success caused lung,  throat, and other cancers, as well as heart disease, stroke, emphysema, and other illnesses. The defendants asked  the court to dismiss the case on the ground that the plaintiffs did not have standing to sue. [
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