United States v. Philip Morris USA, et al.

In 1999, the United States filed a lawsuit against the major cigarette manufacturers and related trade organizations alleging that defendants fraudulently misled American consumers for decades about the risks and dangers of cigarette smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke in violation of the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). In 2006, the court found that defendants violated civil provisions of RICO and that there was a reasonable likelihood that defendants would continue to violate RICO in the future. On appeal, the district court’s findings were upheld, in part, vacated, in part, and remanded, in part, to the district court. After the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear appeals from both sides in the case in June 2010, the district court began to implement the 2006 final order.

Defendants filed an interlocutory appeal in response to the court’s denial of defendants’ motion for partial summary judgment dismissing the government’s disgorgement claim. The appellate court reversed the district court’s decision and granted partial summary judgment to the defendants.


United States v. Philip Morris USA Inc., et al., 396 F.3d 1190, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (2005).

  • United States
  • Feb 4, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit


Plaintiff United States of America


  • Others
  • Pfizer Inc.
  • Pharmacia Corporation
  • Philip Morris USA Inc., f/k/a Philip Morris Incorporated

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