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Lorillard Tobacco Co. v. Reilly

United States Supreme Court
533 U.S. 525 (2001)



A Massachusetts regulation of tobacco advertising prohibited the advertising of tobacco products within 1,000 feet of a school or playground and required that places selling tobacco products place ads for these items at least five feet off the ground to avoid being at eye level for children. Lorillard Tobacco Co. (plaintiff) filed suit in federal district court against Reilly (defendant), the Massachusetts Attorney General, on the grounds that (1) cigarette advertising regulations are preempted by the Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act (FCLAA), which prescribes mandatory health warnings for cigarette packaging and advertising, and (2) the ban on advertising for cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, and cigars violated the First Amendment. The district court held that the state's restrictions on the location of advertising were not preempted by the FCLAA and that the outdoor advertising restrictions did not violate the First Amendment, but the court concluded that the point-of-sale advertising restrictions were invalid. The court of appeals affirmed the preemption holding and the First Amendment holding regarding the outdoor-advertising restrictions, but it reversed the First Amendment holding regarding the point-of-sale restrictions. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

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Holding and Reasoning (O’Connor, J.)

Concurrence (Thomas, J.)

Concurrence (Kennedy, J.)

Concurrence/Dissent (Stevens, J.)

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