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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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

Craft v. Philip Morris (2005)

The legal issue in this case is whether the members of a class of plaintiffs in a tobacco class action can be certified under the Merchandising Practice Act for making false advertising claims about the company’s “light” cigarettes.

State

Missouri

Most Recent Activity

Status

Open

In Re Simon II Litigation v. Philip Morris (2005)

The legal issue in this case is whether a consolidated class action lawsuit comprised of injured smokers would violate the due process rights of persons excluded from the class, since it would deny them the right to seek future punitive damages.

State

New York

Most Recent Activity

Status

Open

American Cancer Society v. State of Montana (2004)

The legal issue in this case is whether a Montana law barring smoke-free prohibitions in business establishments with permits for video gambling machines is valid under the Montana Constitution.

State

Montana

Most Recent Activity

Status

Open