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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Altria Group v. Good (2008)

The legal issue in this case is whether tobacco companies can be sued under state law for deceptive advertising of “light” cigarettes or whether federal law prohibits such lawsuits.

State

Maine

Most Recent Activity

Status

Open

Mclaughlin v. Philip Morris (2008)

The legal issue in this case is whether civil racketeering claims of consumers of “light” cigarettes can serve as a basis for a nationwide class action lawsuit of “light” cigarette smokers.

State

New York

Most Recent Activity

Status

Open

Roark & Hardee v. City of Austin (2008)

The legal issue in this case is whether implementation language in a local smoke-free ordinance was unconstitutionally vague.

State

Texas

Most Recent Activity

Status

Open

Engle v. Liggett Group (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

Open

Price v. Philip Morris (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

Open

Lorillard v. American Legacy Foundation (2006)

The legal issue in this case is whether an anti-tobacco advertising campaign vilified a tobacco company in violation of the terms of the tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.

State

Delaware

Most Recent Activity

Status

Open

Lockyer v. R.J. Reynolds (2005)

The legal issue in this case is whether distributing free cigarette samples in a private booth on public grounds violated a California statute, whether federal law preempted the statute, and whether a fine against the tobacco company of almost $15 million was reasonable.

State

California

Most Recent Activity

Status

Open