The Supreme Court has denied review in Philip Morris USA, Inc. v. Jackson, 131 S. Ct. 3057 (2011), after Justice Scalia first issued an order blocking the verdict for plaintiffs from going into effect. With the denial of review, the stay order has lifted. No dissents issued from the denial.

SCOTUSblog has coverage of the denial here, which begins: “An effort by four major tobacco companies to nullify a $270 million program to encourage Louisiana smokers to quit ended quietly in the Supreme Court Monday, as the Justices simply denied review and passed up a chance to clarify the constitutional status of controversial class-action lawsuits. That denial was perhaps the highest-visibility order on a lengthy closing-day list that included 11 new grants[.]”

Petitioners’ counsel included Mr. Alan E. Untereiner of Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck,

Untereiner & Sauber LLP; Mr. Paul Clement of Bancroft LLP; and Mr. Miguel Estrada of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. CCL’s Robert S. Peck and Andre M. Mura represented the respondents.