State Attorney General Actions, the Tobacco Litigation, and the Doctrine of Parens Patriae

38 Pages Posted: 14 Oct 2000  

Theodore Eisenberg

Cornell University, Law School (Deceased)

Richard P. Ieyoub

Office of the Attorney General, Louisiana

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Abstract

The national settlement terminated the attorney generals' tobacco litigation before legal theories were fully tested. The theory of parens patriae, which allows the state to sue on behalf of its citizens, was developed in detail by Louisiana's legal team and has implications beyond the tobacco litigation. Understanding this theory is useful to understanding the reach and limits of state power in possible future actions such as those involving guns or other products that states may jointly challenge.

JEL Classification: H1, I0, K4

Suggested Citation

Eisenberg, Theodore and Ieyoub, Richard P., State Attorney General Actions, the Tobacco Litigation, and the Doctrine of Parens Patriae. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=238828 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.238828

Theodore Eisenberg (Contact Author)

Cornell University, Law School (Deceased) ( email )

Myron Taylor Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901
United States

Richard P. Ieyoub

Office of the Attorney General, Louisiana

State of Louisiana
State Capitol
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9005
United States

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