172 cases were filed between 1970 and 1985, but no cases were tried.
In the mid-1980s, however, new lawsuits were filed and things began to change.
The California “Napkin Deal” took effect in 1988 giving law suit immunity to the tobacco industry. It wasn’t until 1998 that the California legislature, in response to revelations on cigarette design and nicotine manipulation, rescinded the Napkin Deal and opened the door to personal injury litigation against the cigarette industry, The first trial in California, Henley v Philip Morris, took place in 1999.
- Cipollone v Liggett & Myers, Philip Morris, Lorillard 1983-1991
- Galbraith v RJ Reynolds, American Tobacco 1983-1985
- Roysdon v RJ Reynolds 1984-1985
- Marsee v U.S. Tobacco
- Horton v American Tobacco 1984-1995
- Haines for Rossi v Liggett & Myers, Lorillard, RJ Reynolds, Philip Morris, The Tobacco Institute 1984-2004
- Kotler v American Tobacco 1986-1990
- Girton for Gunsalus v American Tobacco, Owens Corning Fiberglass, Eagle-Picher, Keene Corp. 1988
- Hayes v General Cigar
- Kueper v RJ Reynolds, Tobacco Institute 1991-1993
- Wilks for Smith v American Tobacco 1991-1993
- Covert v Lorillard et al 1992-1994
- Mangini v RJ Reynolds, Joe Camel 1992-1997
- Horowitz 1993-1995
- Yvonne Rogers for Richard v RJ Reynolds 1994-1996
- Mississippi v American Tobacco et al 1994
- Raulerson for Connor v RJ Reynolds 1995-1997