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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Sottera v. FDA/Smoking Everywhere v. FDA (2009)

The FDA can only regulate e-cigarettes as a tobacco product, unless a product is specifically being marketed as a cessation device.

State

Washington D.C.

Most Recent Activity

Status

Closed

Philip Morris v. Williams (2009)

The legal issue in this case is whether a state court has inherent authority over its own procedural rules.

State

Oregon

Most Recent Activity

Status

Open

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