Gregory P. Stone was named “Litigator of the Week” by Am Law Litigation Daily for his successful defense of Philip Morris USA in a trial involving “light” cigarettes.
Mr. Stone led the team defending against claims that the company violated California’s Unfair Competition Law and False Advertising Law in its marketing of Marlboro Lights. The plaintiffs sought between $544 million and $1.04 billion in damages, as well as injunctive relief.
In his September 24, 2013 decision, California Superior Court Judge Ronald S. Prager (San Diego) found that the plaintiffs failed to establish entitlement to either restitution or injunctive relief and, on that basis, decided that judgment should be entered in favor of Philip Morris USA.
Mr. Stone has led the matter since the case was first filed 16 years ago. Widely recognized for his trial skills, Mr. Stone’s practice is focused largely on patent, antitrust and unfair competition cases. He also specializes in defending, and trying, class actions, including product liability, toxic tort, and antitrust class actions.