The Master Settlement Agreement for Tobacco Manufacturers

Galiher DeRobertis & Waxman is nationally known for aggressive advocacy in complex litigation. The State of Hawai‘i selected the Galiher law firm to represent Hawai‘i taxpayers in the lawsuit against the tobacco industry. Our efforts resulted in a $1.38 billion settlement for Hawai‘i’s residents against the tobacco industry.

The Best Personal Injury Law Firms in the United States Were Selected

Our firm joined forces with the nation’s other preeminent personal injury law firms to hold the tobacco companies accountable in the United States legal system. The Galiher law firm’s close contacts with some of the best personal injury litigation firms in the nation greatly benefited Hawai‘i. We proudly represented the state of Hawai‘i in the lengthy and involved litigation with the tobacco industry.

The Master Settlement Agreement for Tobacco Manufacturers

In 1998, after extensive legal maneuvering, our firm helped Hawai‘i, 46 states, five territories, and the District of Columbia enter into a Master Settlement Agreement, a legal contract, with participating tobacco manufacturers. Presently, over 40 tobacco product manufacturers have signed the contract.

We Held the Tobacco Industry Accountable

Galiher DeRobertis & Waxman is not only proud at helping secure $1.38 billion to Hawai‘i residents, but is also pleased at ensuring that the tobacco industry adopted new restrictions and prohibitions in its practices. For example, the Master Settlement Agreement included restrictions on advertising, such as the use of cartoon and all advertising targeting youth, brand-name sponsorship of sporting and other events, and outdoor advertising.

Through the tobacco litigation on behalf of the State of Hawai‘i, the once accepted culture of smoking has been forever changed. We at the Galiher law firm are immensely proud to have been at the forefront of this lawsuit that will have long lasting effects on the health and welfare of the citizens of our state.