Attorney Fee Award Overturned in Tobacco Litigation


In a significant case captioned In re Tobacco Cases I, 2011 DJDAR 4896 (2011), the California Fourth District Court of Appeal overturned an award of attorney fees.

The case arose from a consent decree which was entered into between most states, including California and several tobacco manufacturers. The consent decree was finalized in 1998.

A key section of the consent decree permanently enjoined R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (“Reynolds”) from using cartoons in tobacco advertising. The plaintiffs alleged that the use of the cartoons was inappropriate as it made the product appealing to children.

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