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Dismissal of plaintiffs' claims against defendant-tobacco company, alleging violations of California's unfair competition law, is affirmed based on federal preemption under the Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 10/27/2004
  • Published 10/27/2004


  • McDONALD, J.


  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellant:
  • Blumenthal & Markham, Norman B. Blumenthal, San Diego, David R. Markham, Kyle R. Nordrehaug; Thorsnes, Bartolotta & McGuire, Vincent J. Bartolotta, Jr., John F. McGuire, Karen Frostrom; Chavez & Gertler, Mark A. Chavez, Mill Valley; and Thomas E. Sharkey, San Diego, for Plaintiff and Appellant., Bill Lockyer, Attorney General, William N. Brieger, Acting Chief Assistant Attorney General, Dennis Eckhart and Herschel T. Elkins, Assistant Attorneys General, Ronald Reiter, Seth E. Mermin and Alan Lieberman, Deputy Attorneys General, as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Plaintiffs and Appellants.

  • For Appellees:
  • Munger, Tolles & Olson, Gregory P. Stone, Daniel P. Collins, Steven B. Weisburd, Los Angeles; Seltzer CaplanMcMahon Vitek, Gerald L. McMahon and Daniel E. Eaton, San Diego, for Defendant and Respondent Philip Morris USA Inc., Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich, William S. Boggs and Brian A. Foster, San Diego, for Defendant and Respondent Lorillard Tobacco Company., Howard, Rice, Nemerovsky, Canady, Falk & Rabkin, H. Joseph Escher III, San Francisco, Todd E. Thompson; Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue and William T. Plesec for Defendant and Respondent R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company., Sedgwick Detert Moran & Arnold and Steven D. DiSaia for Defendant and Respondent Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp.
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