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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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

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

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

Swisher International v. FDA (2021)

Swisher International is a manufacturer of flavored cigars and little cigars. In 2016, the FDA issued the Deeming Rule, which deemed cigars and little cigars among other products to be under the FDA’s regulatory oversight. The FDA stated that the newly deemed products could remain on shelves while manufacturers submitted their premarket tobacco product applications. Swisher filed a complaint seeking a preliminary injunction against enforcement of the FDA’s Deeming Rule.

State

Florida

Most Recent Activity

Status

Open

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

Prior Lake Tobacco and Vape v. City of Prior Lake (2021)

On April 5, 2021, Prior Lake enacted an ordinance that prohibits the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. Prior Lake Tobacco and Vape is a vape and tobacco shop that received a license to sell tobacco products in Prior Lake in December of 2020. The business sued the city after it enacted the ordinance, alleging among other things that the ordinance would destroy its business and that it is unconstitutionally vague.

State

Minnesota

Most Recent Activity

Status

Open