High Court Scolds FTC In Tobacco Preemption Case

Law360, New York (October 6, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- U.S. Supreme Court justices chided the Federal Trade Commission during oral arguments Monday in a case alleging deceptive practices by a tobacco company in its marketing of light, or low-tar, cigarettes.

At the first arguments session for the 2008-2009 term, the high court appeared split on whether a group of consumers from Maine could sue Altria Group Inc.'s Philip Morris USA for misleading advertising under state law.

The conservative justices appeared to side with the tobacco giant, and some even blamed the FTC.

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