Products liability attorney
Christine Craig secured important rights for New Hampshire consumers at the New Hampshire
Supreme Court. Attorney Craig represented plaintiff consumers in a
consumer protection claim against the United States Tobacco Company (UST) alleging that UST engaged
in unfair and deceptive acts and unfair methods of competition in the
sale of moist snuff tobacco products that allowed the company to make
excessive profits while New Hampshire citizens paid inflated prices.
The Superior Court ruled that New Hampshire consumers were not entitled
to protection under the Consumer Protection Act in this circumstance.
Attorney Craig appealed to the New Hampshire Supreme Court and argued
that New Hampshire consumers are entitled to the broad protections of
the New Hampshire Consumer Protection Act whether they purchased products
directly from a manufacturer or indirectly through a retailer. On August
24, 2007, the Supreme Court overturned the Superior Court decision and
ruled that New Hampshire consumers were in fact entitled to protection
under the Consumer Protection Act. This victory serves to protect the
rights of New Hampshire citizens and deter the wrongful behavior of businesses
which harms consumers.
Since this ground-breaking decision, the parties have entered into a settlement
agreement which provides compensation to New Hampshire consumers who claim
they were harmed by UST’s wrongful conduct. The settlement agreement
has been preliminarily approved by the court and is scheduled for a final
approval hearing in June 2008. Attorneys in other states have pursued
similar consumer protection claims against UST.
Significantly, this New Hampshire settlement provides the highest recovery
per consumer of any settlement that has been approved to date.