Philip Morris Drops Fight Over SF Tobacco Sales Ban

Law360, New York (October 16, 2009, 3:42 PM EDT) -- Cigarette giant Philip Morris USA has abandoned its legal challenge to San Francisco’s law prohibiting tobacco sales at pharmacies, prompting praise from city officials who have strongly backed the regulation’s constitutionality.

Richmond, Va.-based Philip Morris filed a stipulation of dismissal Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, a month after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a decision giving San Francisco the green light to enforce the year-old ordinance, rejecting the company’s argument that the ban violates...
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