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Plaintiffs-appellants Philip Morris, Inc., RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co., Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation, USA, and Lorillard Tobacco Co. (the "Tobacco Companies"), appeal from a judgment entered in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut (Dorsey, C.J.) on an order granting the renewed motion of defendant-appellee Richard Blumenthal, the Attorney General of the State of Connecticut (the "Attorney General" or the "state"), to dismiss the Tobacco Companies' federal action pursuant to the Younger abstention doctrine. The district court found that abstention was appropriate because, inter alia, important state interests were implicated in the state's lawsuit seeking injunctive relief and monetary damages for violations of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act ("CUTPA"), Conn. Gen.Stat. Ann. § 42-110a et seq. (West 1992), the Connecticut Antitrust Act, Conn. Gen.Stat. Ann. § 35-24 et seq. (West 1987 & Supp. 1997), and state common law.

For the reasons that follow, we reverse and remand.


123 F.3d 103 (1997)

PHILIP MORRIS, INC.; RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co.; Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation, USA; Lorillard Tobacco Co., Plaintiffs-Appellants,


Richard BLUMENTHAL, Attorney General, Defendant-Appellee.

No. 1904, Docket 97-7122

. United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit.

Argued June 26, 1997.

Decided September 12, 1997.

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