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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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

R.J. Reynolds v. City of Edina (2020)

The tobacco industry challenged a local flavored tobacco product ordinance adopted by the City of Edina, Minnesota, arguing that the ordinance is preempted by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. 

State

Minnesota

Most Recent Activity

Status

Closed

R.J. Reynolds v. County of San Diego (2020)

The tobacco industry challenged San Diego’s flavored tobacco product ordinance, arguing that the ordinance is expressly and impliedly preempted by the Tobacco Control Act.

State

California

Most Recent Activity

Status

Closed

R.J. Reynolds v. County of Los Angeles (2020)

Tobacco Industry challenges the County of Los Angeles’ flavored tobacco product sales restriction, arguing the ordinance is expressly and impliedly preempted by federal law.

State

California

Most Recent Activity

Status

Closed

Baltimore v. Philip Morris (2022)

The City of Baltimore filed suit against Philip Morris International and other major tobacco manufacturers to hold them accountable for cigarette litter, with charges including public nuisance, trespass, and violations of state and municipal laws.

State

Maryland

Most Recent Activity

Status

Open

Gripum v. FDA (2022)

Gripum manufactured flavored e-liquids for use in open-system electronic nicotine delivery systems. They sought market authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to continue to make and sell their products. FDA denied the request.

State

Washington D.C.

Most Recent Activity

Status

Open

Bidi Vapor v. FDA (2022)

Bidi Vapor, Diamond Vapor, Johnny Copper, Vapor Unlimited, Union Street Brands, and Pop Vapor manufactured flavored nicotine-containing e-liquids for use in e-cigarette devices. They sought market authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to continue to make and sell their products.

State

Washington D.C.

Most Recent Activity

Status

Closed

Prohibition Juice v. FDA (2022)

Prohibition Juice and other petitioners whose cases were consolidated with this one manufactured flavored e-liquids containing nicotine for use in open-system e-cigarette devices. They sought market authorization from the FDA to continue to make and sell their products.

State

Washington D.C.

Most Recent Activity

Status

Closed