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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Schuman v. Greenbelt Homes (2012)

The case involves a dispute about secondhand smoke between two neighbors living in adjoining townhouses.

State

Maryland

Most Recent Activity

Status

Open

Cleveland v. State (2013)

The legal issue in this case is whether an amendment to state law that is not a general law for purposes of home-rule analysis, and that purports to preempt the home rule authority of Ohio cities to address serious public health problems such as food-based health disparities, violates the Ohio constitution’s home rule amendment and one-subject rule.

State

Ohio

Most Recent Activity

Status

Open

R.J. Reynolds v. FDA (2011)

The FDA’s Graphic Warning Rule is struck down as unconstitutional under the First Amendment.

State

Washington D.C.

Most Recent Activity

Status

Open

United States v. Philip Morris (1999)

After the landmark decision holding major tobacco companies liable for violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”), the tobacco industry attempted to vacate the remedies imposed by the court.

State

Washington D.C.

Most Recent Activity

Status

Closed

Bartec v. Wymsylo (2012)

The legal issue in this case is whether the Ohio Department of Health’s enforcement of Ohio’s Smoke Free Workplace Act violates separation of power principles, impedes property rights, and is a proper use of police powers, and whether the Court of Appeals was correct in ruling that it was improper for the appellants to use a declaratory judgment action in their counter-claims to collaterally attack the ten final orders finding violations.

State

Ohio

Most Recent Activity

Status

Open

Curtis v. Altria Group (2012)

The legal issue in this case is whether a private lawsuit alleging a consumer protection law violation by a tobacco manufacturer should be dismissed for lack of public benefit.  

State

Minnesota

Most Recent Activity

Status

Open