Litigation against the tobacco industry came in three “waves”. The first wave of consisted of just eight cases over the period of 1954-1970. Defendants — i.e., the tobacco companies — eventually prevailed in all eight cases. The second wave spanned the years 1983-1994 and featured ten landmark cases. And the third wave spans the years from 1995 to the present and has seen a remarkable expansion in the number of cases.

The Chronology

Following is a chronological listing of events in the litigation timeline, with links to cases, decisions, and people documented on this site.