Litigation is an important tool to defend and advance public health policy. This tracker provides information and official court documents from select lawsuits within the focus areas of the Public Health Law Center, including commercial tobacco control and healthy eating. Some cases are relevant to cross-cutting issues that affect public health, such as preemption and First Amendment considerations. The Public Health Law Center has supported public health goals as an amicus curiae, or friend-of-the-court, by filing briefs (included here) with relevant information that the court may choose to consider. You can read more about the Function and Role of Amicus Briefs in Public Health Litigation.
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AATCLC v. DHHS (2024)

Public health groups sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration over their failure to prohibit the sale of menthol cigarettes.

State

California

Most Recent Activity

Status

Open

R.J. Reynolds v. FDA (2020)

The tobacco industry challenges the FDA’s graphic warning label rule on First Amendment grounds.

State

Texas

Most Recent Activity

Status

Open

R.J. Reynolds v. Bonta (2022)

On November 8, 2022, California voters approved a measure to prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco products, including e-liquids, in the state, with exceptions for flavored shisha used in hookah, premium cigars, and loose leaf tobacco. R.J. Reynolds and other tobacco industry entities filed suit on November 10, 2022 seeking an injunction and declaratory relief against the measure. On December 12, 2022, the Supreme Court denied the suit.

State

California

Most Recent Activity

Status

Closed

Wages and White Lion Investments v. FDA (2021)

Wages and White Lion and Vapetasia, manufacturers of flavored e-liquids containing nicotine for use in open-system e-cigarette devices, sought but were denied market authorization from the FDA to continue to make and sell their products.

State

Washington D.C.

Most Recent Activity

Status

Open

California Restaurant Association v. City of Berkeley (2019)

The California Restaurant Association (CRA) challenged the City of Berkeley's January 2020 amendment to the Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC), which prohibits natural gas infrastructure in most newly constructed buildings within Berkeley.

State

California

Most Recent Activity

Status

Open

Held v. Montana

A group of Montana youth sued the State, arguing that its fossil fuel-based energy system contributes to climate change, violating their constitutional rights guaranteed under the Montana Constitution and the Public Trust Doctrine.

State

Montana

Most Recent Activity

Status

Open

Cigar Association of America v. FDA (2016)

Cigar and pipe tobacco trade associations filed suit against the FDA, challenging its decision to deem premium cigars and pipe tobacco subject to the agency’s regulatory authority under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

State

Washington D.C.

Most Recent Activity

Status

Open

State of Minnesota v. Juul Labs, Inc. (2019)

December 4, 2019, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison filed a lawsuit suing e-cigarette manufacturer JUUL Labs, Inc. The lawsuit, filed in Hennepin County District Court, allege that JUUL violated multiple state consumer-protection laws, breached its duty of reasonable care, and created a public nuisance.

State

Minnesota

Most Recent Activity

Status

Closed

In Re: Juul Labs, Inc., Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation

Beginning in 2017 youth consumption for electronic cigarettes significantly increased – driven in part by Juul’s marketing of flavored e-liquid pods, delivered through Juul devices which were much more portable and concealable than other ESD, and Juul’s use of social media platforms popular with youth and young people to market its products.

State

California

Most Recent Activity

Status

Open

R.J. Reynolds v. Bonta (2023)

R.J. Reynolds challenges Attorney General Rob Bonta’s determination that four of its new products violate California’s flavor ban, S.B. 793.

Most Recent Activity

Status

Open