United States of America v. Philip Morris, Inc., et al. (In re Tobacco/Governmental Health Care Costs Litigation)

The United States brought an action against Philip Morris Incorporated and Philip Morris Companies Inc., alleging that the companies repeatedly made misrepresentations about the health impacts of its products on consumers, as well as engaged in anticompetitive behavior. The tobacco companies requested that the United States District for the District of Columbia consolidate the case with similar pending litigation commenced by foreign governments, including those of Guatemala, Nicaragua and Venezuela. The District Court declined to consolidate the cases, finding that although the cases involved common issues of fact, the United States’ action was based on provisions in domestic United States law that would have presented separate legal issues from those presented in the foreign government cases, thereby defeating the efficiency requirement of case consolidation.


In re Tobacco/Governmental Health Care Costs Litigation, 76 F.Supp.2d 5, United States District Court, District of Columbia (1999).

  • United States
  • Nov 17, 1999
  • United States District Court, District of Columbia


Plaintiff United States of America


  • Philip Morris Companies, Inc.
  • Philip Morris Incorporated

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