R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. v. Brown
- Case Date: 5/5/2014
- Project Name: Civil Justice Reform
On June 9, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review two Florida decisions that prevent the nationís major cigarette manufacturers from defending themselves against charges that they acted wrongfully in marketing their products. The decision was a setback for WLF, which filed a brief urging that review be granted. WLF charged that the lower courts are conducting product liability lawsuits in a manner that violates the federal constitutional rights of defendants to due process of law. The courts held that, as a result of a trial more than a decade ago in a separate class-action lawsuit, the tobacco companies are precluded from denying that they acted wrongfully in marketing the cigarettes smoked by individual plaintiffs in pending product liability suits. WLF argued that the preclusion rulings violate the constitutional right of a defendant facing civil claims to present all available defenses. WLF noted that the rulings apply to thousands of pending Florida suits.
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