December 14th, 2017
September 2016: The settlement was granted final approval. May 2016: A state court judge preliminarily approved a settlement agreement in which Philip Morris agreed to pay a total of $15,273,815 ($4,942,500 in statutory damages plus $10,331,315 in prejudgment interest). For more information, go to http://malightssettlement.com/. February 2016: A state court judge found that Philip Morris
July 6th, 2017
In 2016, multiple false advertising class-action lawsuits against Santa Fe Tobacco Company and Reynolds American Inc. were transferred to one court to be heard together. The lawsuits claim the companies falsely market Natural American Spirit cigarettes in several ways, including, for example, representing that they are natural, additive-free, organic, and less harmful than regular cigarettes
June 29th, 2017
January 2017: The appeal was stayed pending the company’s bankruptcy proceedings. April 2016: Plaintiffs filed a Notice of Appeal after their amended motion for class certification was denied and a federal judge dismissed all of the claims . August 2015: A federal judge denied class certification in a false advertising class-action lawsuit filed against NJOY,
February 8th, 2017
November 2016: A federal judge dismissed some of the claims – including false advertising ones – in the complaint. To learn more about the dismissed and continuing claims, click here. January 2016: A Consolidated Amended Complaint was filed against sellers of Blu electronic cigarettes for allegedly deceptively marketing e-cigarettes as safe without adequately disclosing health
August 8th, 2016
Surgeon General calls e-cigarettes a health risk for youngsters; advocates call for tougher marketing restrictions.
September 15th, 2015
In September 2015, a class-action lawsuit was filed against R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company for allegedly deceptively marketing Vuse electronic cigarettes. According to the complaint, the company does not disclose the presence of harmful carcinogens and fails to warn consumers of the risks associated with the e-cigarettes. (Harris et al v. R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company, Case
September 29th, 2014
In September 2014, a class-action complaint was filed against Fumizer for, among other things, allegedly marketing e-cigarettes as providing “healthy smoking” when, in reality, medical studies show that the e-cigarettes contain carcinogens, toxins, and other harmful chemicals. The complaint also alleges that the company misleadingly claims the e-cigarette can “help you quit smoking” when other
July 22nd, 2014
Impact on Health Not the Only Issue in Unregulated Industry MADISON, Conn., July 22, 2014 — Consumers curious about trying e-cigarettes are being swindled in droves by unscrupulous companies advertising free trials and special deals, according to an analysis of nearly 600 consumer complaints to the FTC by advocacy group truthinadvertising.org (TINA.org). The advertising watchdog launched
July 22nd, 2014
Have you been swindled by an ad for e-cigarettes? Let us know.
May 16th, 2014
In February 2014, a federal judge refused to certify the class in a lawsuit against Philip Morris. The complaint, which was originally filed in 2010, alleges that the company falsely advertises Marlboro Lights cigarettes will deliver less tar and nicotine than regular cigarettes when, in reality, they do not. The judge did not certify the
April 24th, 2014
Agency seeks to regulate the sale and advertising of e-cigarettes.
March 24th, 2014
As more teens vape, lawmakers worry about e-cig ads.
January 28th, 2014
In January 2014, a federal judge denied class certification of a class-action lawsuit filed against Philip Morris USA Inc. for allegedly deceptively marketing Marlboro Lights cigarettes. The complaint, which was originally filed in 2010, alleges that the company markets Marlboro Lights as containing less nicotine and tar, and therefore being healthier than regular cigarettes when,
December 14th, 2017
In April 2016, a jury returned a verdict for Philip Morris in a false advertising class-action lawsuit filed against the company in 2000. The complaint alleged that the company’s marketing for Marlboro Lights cigarettes violated Missouri state laws. (Larsen et al v. Philip Morris USA Inc., Case No. 22002-00406-02, 22nd Circuit Court, St. Louis, Missouri)
September 19th, 2017
April 2017: This action was voluntarily dismissed because the named plaintiffs reached a settlement agreement resolving their individual claims. The terms of the settlement have not been disclosed. The named plaintiffs’ claims were dismissed and the class members’ claims were dismissed . November 2015: A class-action lawsuit was filed against Five Pawns, Inc. (a manufacturer
May 4th, 2017
Obama-era tobacco “Deeming Rule” takes on heat as new administration reviews requirements.
March 6th, 2017
National Consumer Protection Week is a good time to bring attention to this bill.
January 23rd, 2017
Consumers complained that “free” starter kits left them with unexpected charges.
January 5th, 2017
2017 • 2016 • 2015 • 2014 • 2013 • 2012 “Black Friday 2017: 5 sneaky signs a deal isn’t actually worth it“ Gina Ragusa, 20 November, 2017 “The best way around misleading advertising and wasted time is to first check a retailer’s website for fine print — and review their return policy, lest you get
September 26th, 2016
Utah seeks hearing that executive Scott Barth violated previous agreement prohibiting misleading marketing.