Republic of the Marshall Islands v. American Tobacco Company

The Republic of the Marshall Islands filed a complaint seeking damages and injunctive relief against eighteen different tobacco holding companies and manufacturers. The plaintiff specifically alleged that the defendants had a constitutional obligation to pay for the past and future medical expenses of its citizens who suffered harm as a result of using the defendants' tobacco products. The defendant companies sought dismissal of the case on technical jurisdictional grounds. The High Court granted the dismissals for those defendants considered "holding companies" and "unaffiliated" defendants, but it denied the motion of the "manufacturers" to dismiss the case.  


Republic of the Marshall Islands v. American Tobacco Company, et al., Civil Case No. 1997-261, High Court of the Marshall Islands (1998).

  • Marshall Islands
  • Dec 7, 1998
  • High Court of the Republic of the Marshall Islands


Plaintiff Republic of the Marshall Islands


  • American Tobacco Company
  • B.A.T. Industries, p.l.c.
  • BATUS Holdings, Inc.
  • British American Tobacco Company, Limited
  • Brooke Group Ltd.
  • Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation
  • Council for Tobacco Research - USA, Inc.
  • Hill & Knowlton, Inc.
  • Liggett Group, Inc.
  • Loews Corporation
  • Lorillard Tobacco Company
  • Lorillard, Inc.
  • Philip Morris Asia Incorporated
  • Philip Morris Companies, Inc.
  • Philip Morris Duty Free Inc.
  • Philip Morris Incorporated
  • Philip Morris International Inc.
  • Philip Morris Management Corporation
  • Philip Morris Products, Inc.
  • R.J. Reynolds International, Inc.
  • R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
  • RJR Nabisco Holdings Corp.
  • RJR Nabisco, Inc.
  • Tobacco Institute, Inc.
  • United States Tobacco Company
  • UST, Inc.

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