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Lorillard Tobacco Co. v. Am. Legacy Found., 579, 2005

A declaratory judgment favor of plaintiff, a non-profit, arising from a contract dispute under a Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) between the nation's largest tobacco companies and forty-six states' attorneys general is affirmed where: 1) none of plaintiff's advertisements in their "truth-" campaign violated the language of the MSA prohibiting "vilification" or "personal attacks;" 2) there was no abuse of discretion in declining to award a tobacco company relief on its claim that plaintiff managed an email server to facilitate personal attacks on its employees; and 3) the vice chancellor properly held that tobacco companies may sue plaintiff for alleged breaches of the MSA.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 07/17/2006
  • Published 07/21/2006

Judges

  • RIDGELY, Justice., Before HOLLAND, BERGER, JACOBS, RIDGELY, Justices and GRAVES, Judge, constituting the Court en Banc.

Court

  • Supreme Court of Delaware

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  • Don A. Beskrone, Esquire, of Ashby & Geddes, P.A., Wilmington, Delaware and Michael C. Hefter, Matthew L. DiRisio, Kristien M. Kahn, Esquires, of Dewey Ballantine, LLP, New York, NY, for Citizens' Commission to Protect the Truth, for amici curiae., John Friedlander, Esquire of Bouchard Margules & Friedlander, P.A., Wilmington, Delaware, and Olha N.M. Rybakoff, Esquire, Nashville, TN, for Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming and Wisconsin, for amici curiae., Thomas G. Maculey and Elizabeth D. Power, Esquires, of Zuckerman Spaeder, LLP, Wilmington, Delaware and William B. Schultz and Alexandra W. Miller, Esquires, of Zuckerman Spaeder, LLP, Washington, DC, for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Cancer Society, American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, American Dental Hygienists' Association, American Heart Association, American Public Health Association, American School Health Association, American Society of Addiction Medicine, Association of Schools of Public Health, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, Lung Cancer Alliance, Medical Society of Delaware, National African American Tobacco Prevention Network, National Association of County and City Health Officials, National Association of Local Boards of Health, National Latino Council on Alcohol and Tobacco Prevention, Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, and Tobacco Control Legal Consortium, for amici curiae.

  • For Appellees:
  • Stephen E. Herrmann, John A. Parkins, Jr. (argued), and Steven J. Fineman, Esquires, of Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A., Wilmington, Delaware;  Of Counsel:  Jim W. Phillips, Jr., Robert J. King, III, and Charles E. Coble, Esquires of Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, L.L.P., Greensboro, NC;  for Appellant/Cross-Appellee., David C. McBride, Martin S. Lessner, and Christian Douglas Wright, Esquires, of Young, Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, Wilmington, Delaware;  Of Counsel:  John Payton, David W. Ogden, (argued) Stuart F. Delery, Paul R.Q. Wolfson, Pavnett Singh, and Carey Bollinger, Esquires, of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, LLP, Washington, DC;  and Ellen Vargyas, Esquire, General Counsel, Washington, DC, for Appellee/Cross-Appellant.
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