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Watson v. Philip Morris

Docket No.: 05-1284
Certiorari Granted: Jan 12 2007
Argued: April 25, 2007
Decided: June 11, 2007

Topics:

Judicial Power, murder

PartyNames: Lisa Watson, et al. v. Philip Morris Companies, Inc., et al.
Petitioner: Lisa Watson, et al.
Respondent: Philip Morris Companies, Inc., et al.

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Lisa Watson, et al.
v.
Philip Morris Companies, Inc., et al.
551 U.S. 142 (2007)
Question Presented:

Whether a private actor doing no more than complying with federal regulation is a "person acting under a federal officer" for the purpose of 28 U.S.C. ยง 1442(a)(1), entitling the actor to remove to federal court a civil action brought in state court under state law.

Question:

Is the need to comply with Federal Trade Commission advertising regulations sufficient to establish that a tobacco company is a "person acting under a federal officer" for purposes of 28 U.S.C. 1442(a)(1)?

Holding: judgment reversed and remanded
Vote: 9-0
Opinion By:
Read WATSON V. PHILIP MORRIS opinion (PDF)

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