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|California Supreme Court Issues Watershed Decision Relaxing Standing and Liability Requirements under California's Unfair Competition Law|
Arnold & Porter LLP;
June 17, 2009, previously published on May 2009In a highly-anticipated ruling that may have significant negative consequences for companies doing business in California, the California Supreme Court issued its decision on May 18, 2009 in In re Tobacco II Cases. www.arnoldporter.com
|Actual Injury (and Standing) Necessary Only for Class Representatives, Not Absent Class Members, under California's Section 17200|
Donald M. Falk, John Nadolenco, Tai Lui Tan; Mayer Brown LLP;
June 16, 2009, previously published on May 2009Until California voters passed Proposition 64, anyone could sue on behalf of the "general public" using the unique representative action of California's Unfair Competition Law (UCL), the notorious Section 17200 of California's Business and Professions Code.
|House Passes Bill Giving FDA Oversight of Tobacco Industry|
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP;
April 29, 2009, previously published on April 20, 2009The House of Representatives has voted in favor of a bill that would give the Food and Drug Administration the power to regulate the tobacco industry.
|Proposed Bill Would Give FDA Jurisdiction over Tobacco|
Keller and Heckman LLP;
April 28, 2009, previously published on April 9, 2009The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (FSPTCA) on April 2, 2009.
|Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Affirms Summary Judgment against Tobacco Company for False Advertising of "Light" Cigarettes|
Beth I. Z. Boland, Brandon L. Bigelow, Carolyn French; Bingham McCutchen LLP;
April 21, 2009, previously published on April 3, 2009The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ("SJC") recently affirmed the grant of summary judgment in favor of plaintiffs in Aspinall v. Phillip Morris, Inc., No. SJC-09981, slip op. (Mar. 16, 2009), holding that a tobacco company had engaged in unfair and deceptive trade practices in...
|U.S. Supreme Court Dismisses Appeal of Oregon Tobacco Punitive Damages Award|
Lori Irish Bauman; Ater Wynne LLP;
April 7, 2009, previously published on March 31, 2009Mayola Williams' products liability case has completed its third journey to the U.S. Supreme Court, as the Court today dismissed Philip Morris' appeal of a $79.5 million punitive damages award.
|California Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument on In re Tobacco II Cases|
Michael I. Begert, Janice W. Howe; Bingham McCutchen LLP;
April 1, 2009, previously published on March 18, 2009On March 3, the California Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case which may determine the future viability of class action claims under California's Unfair Competition Law ("UCL").
|State Unfair Trade Practices Claims May Get Boost from Pre-Emption Ruling|
Erick M. Sandler; Day Pitney LLP;
February 25, 2009, previously published on February 6, 2009A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision may weaken one line of defense against state unfair trade practices claims: federal pre-emption.
|Navigating the 1925(b) Minefield of Waiver - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court's Attempt to 'Clarify the Confusion and Quell the Consternation'|
Kimberly Boyer-Cohen; Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin;
February 13, 2009, previously published on June 2008The myriad decisions of the intermediate appellate courts and trial courts regarding waiver under Rule 1925(b) have been characterized as causing "much consternation in the courts of this commonwealth."
|High Court Green-Lights "Light" Cigarette Cases|
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP;
February 5, 2009, previously published on January 8, 2009The Supreme Court has opened the door to a new wave of tobacco litigation, finding that smokers could sue cigarette makers for allegedly deceiving them about the dangers of "light" cigarettes.