WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court yesterday announced it will rehear arguments in a cigarette liability case that is seen by some as a barometer of the court's commitment to federalism.

The unusual move suggests the justices are deadlocked in the case, Cipollone v. Liggett Group Inc., and want to rehear the matter after Justice-designate Clarence Thomas as takes his judicial oath of office Nov. 1, court observers said.

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