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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Engle v. Liggett Group, 945 So.2d 1246 (Fla. 2006)

The legal issue in this case is whether a jury’s punitive damages award in a tobacco class action lawsuit was valid, when a ruling vacating the award relied on tobacco settlement agreements that barred their use in private lawsuits.

State

Florida

Most Recent Activity

Status

Pending

Price v. Philip Morris USA, 848 N.E.2d 1 (Ill. 2005)

The legal issue in this case is whether Philip Morris was federally authorized and thus immune from liability for deceptively advertising and selling its “light” cigarettes.

State

Illinois

Most Recent Activity

Status

Pending

Dayna Craft v. Philip Morris, 190 S.W.3d 368 (Mo. Ct. App. 2005)

The legal issue in this case is whether the members of a class of plaintiffs in a tobacco class action can be certified under the Merchandising Practice Act for making false advertising claims about the company’s “light” cigarettes.

State

Missouri

Most Recent Activity

Status

Pending