No Federal Preemption For “Light Cigarette” Companies

The Supreme Court on Monday handed a defeat to tobacco companies counting on it to put an end to lawsuits alleging deceptive marketing of “light” cigarettes. In a 5-4 split, the court ruled that smokers may use state consumer protection laws to sue cigarette makers for the way they promote “light” and “low tar” brands.  Read more about the decision here.