High Court Passes On Tobacco Advertising Suit

Law360, New York (March 17, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- With one case against the tobacco giants set for hearing mid-year, the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take another that challenges the industry's reliance on federal preemption in defense of its marketing tactics.

The high court on Monday denied a petition by lawyers for underage smokers to hear an appeal of a California court's ruling that federal cigarette advertising laws trump a state law claim of unfair competition against cigarette manufacturers.

Philip Morris spokesman John Sorrells said the company was pleased with the Court's decision...
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