Schwab v. Philip Morris

Amidst allegations of fraudulent marketing and deceptive practices by cigarette manufacturers, a lawsuit under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) was brought forth by current and former smokers. The class alleged the tobacco companies duped smokers into believing that “light” cigarettes were less harmful to them. Despite lingering questions about when consumers became aware of the deception, class certification was approved, and the court sanctioned the use of statistical evidence to establish liability and damages,. This case highlights the ongoing battle between public health concerns and corporate accountability in the tobacco industry.


Schwab et al. v. Philip Morris, Inc., et al., 449 F. Supp. 2d 992 (E.D.N.Y. 2006).

  • United States
  • Sep 25, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York


Plaintiff Barbara Schwab (class action)


  • Philip Morris, Inc.
  • R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.
  • Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp.
  • Lorrilard Tobacco Co.
  • Liggett Group, Inc.
  • America Tobacco Co.
  • Altria Group, Inc.
  • British American Tobacco (Investments) Ltd.

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