Defended the State of Louisiana against constitutional and statutory challenges to the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.
Dismissed on summary judgment suits brought by tobacco companies against the State of Louisiana alleging that the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA), which provides the State with billions of dollars, is unconstitutional and violates the Sherman Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1. The trial court granted summary judgment in favor of the State on all issues finding the MSA constitutional. This decision was affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court denied certiorari. S&M Brands, Inc. v. Caldwell, 09-30985 (5 Cir. 8/10/10), 614 F.3d 172, cert denied, 131 S. Ct. 1601 (3/7/11); Xcaliber Intern, Ltd. LLC v. Atty. Gen. State of Louisiana, 09-30492 (5 Cir. 7/15/10), 612 F.3d 368.