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.
Public Health Topics
Displaying 61 - 70 of 99

National Association of Manufacturers v. Securities and Exchange Commission (2015)

The legal issue in this case is whether the court should grant en banc review of National Association of Manufacturers, et al. v. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, given the panel’s novel holdings that, if broadly adopted, would have a significant impact on the robust mandatory disclosure regimes required in public health and safety.

State

Washington D.C.

Most Recent Activity

Status

Open

United States v. Philip Morris (2009)

The legal issue in this case is whether several major tobacco companies violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act by engaging in a conspiracy to defraud the public about the health risks of smoking and to market tobacco products to children.

State

Washington D.C.

Most Recent Activity

Status

Closed

American Meat Institute v. Department of Agriculture (2014)

The legal issue in this case is what standard of First Amendment review applies to compelled disclosures of factual information that the government requires for reasons other than consumer deception.

State

Washington D.C.

Most Recent Activity

Status

Open

Bullitt County Fiscal Court v. Bullitt County Board of Health (2011)

The legal issue in this case is whether Bullitt County Board of Health has the authority to promulgate a countywide smoke-free policy that regulates indoor smoking in public buildings, workplaces and other specified public areas.

State

Kentucky

Most Recent Activity

Status

Open

Beeman v. Anthem Prescription Management (2013)

The legal issue in this case is whether the Free Speech Clause of the California Constitution extends so far into the ordinary business of government as to forbid regulation of basic economic activity whenever that activity happens to involve language or information, including the enactment of a statute that requires the gathering and mailing of unadorned statistical data.

State

California

Most Recent Activity

Status

Open

Evans v. Lorillard (2011)

The legal issue in this case is whether Defendant Lorillard was denied a fair trial;  the trial court erred in denying Lorillard’s post-trial motions; and the award of compensatory and punitive damage was fair.

State

Massachusetts

Most Recent Activity

Status

Open