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U.S. Supreme Court finds for consumers in tobacco light fraud case

Monday, December 15th, 2008

In a 5-4 opinion today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act did not preempt state law fraud claims.  By finding no preemption, the Supreme Court agreed that state law fraud requirements apply to Philip Morris and other cigarette manufacturers. Thus, when Philip Morris sells Marlboro Lights with this legend, “Lowered Tar and Nicotine” it may be required to answer to a jury if its statement is fraudulent.

Good outcome for consumers.

David Sugerman