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Cipollone v. Liggett Group
In Cipollone v. Liggett Group, Inc., the Supreme Court in a split opinion decided that federally mandated cigarette warnings do not preclude common law claims against cigarette manufacturers. In a complicated 7-to-2 decision, the Court held that federally mandated warnings do not bar smokers from suing manufacturers under state personal-injury laws. The justices ruled that such suits cannot be based on claims that cigarette advertising failed to warn smokers of smoking dangers. The warning at issue said: the surgeon general has determined that cigarette smoking is dangerous to your health.
The justices also ruled that individuals may press claims alleging that the tobacco companies made fraudulent or inaccurate statements in their advertising or that the companies conspired to mislead people about the health hazards of smoking. Additionallly, conspiracy was also added as a basis for civil liability.
This case of was decided in 1992.
- ↑ Cipollone v. Liggett Group, Inc., 505 U.S. 504 (1992)