Philip Morris USA v. Vilsack

Philip Morris challenged the Department of Agriculture's decision to use tax rates from 2003 instead of current tax rates. In this decision, the court concluded that the decision was a permissible interpretation of the statute. Nothing from the text of the statute or in Congress's actions indicated that the Department intended otherwise, or that the Department's interpretation was unreasonable. The court affirmed the district court's grant of the Department's motion for summary judgment. 


Philip Morris USA, Inc. v. Vilsack, No. 12-2498 (4th Cir. 2013)

  • United States
  • Nov 20, 2013
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit


Plaintiff Philip Morris USA Inc.


  • Thomas J. Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture
  • United States Department of Agriculture

Third Party

  • Cigar Association of America, Inc.

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