Washington, D.C. — A Washington, District of Columbia company that makes smokeless tobacco products has filed a federal lawsuit against a manufacturer of a brand of smokeless cigarette, alleging the brand violated federal tobacco product regulations.
In its complaint filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in the District of New Jersey, the company, Philip Morris USA, alleges that a competitor named E-Cigarette Company of New York “intentionally misbranded and misbranded products.”
E-Cigs are disposable electronic cigarettes that use cartridges of liquid nicotine to deliver a vapor of nicotine to the user.
Philip Morris, which makes the product in partnership with Reynolds American, sells the E-cigs in more than 50 countries.
The company also says the company is not a “smokeless cigarette” under the Tobacco Control Act and is not allowed to manufacture, distribute or sell any products that would qualify as smokeless cigarettes under federal law.
According to the complaint, Philip Moris spokesman Chris Nisbett says the tobacco company’s products do not “smell like cigarettes” and do not contain nicotine.
The company says the claims are false.
“As a matter of policy, we do not comment on pending litigation,” Nisbert said in a statement.
Philip Morris has filed multiple lawsuits against tobacco companies in the past, most recently in January against the tobacco giant RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co. over a lawsuit alleging that the tobacco brand has misled consumers about the dangers of smoking.
Philips Morris has also sued several tobacco companies, including the American Tobacco Company, which it accuses of deceiving consumers about tobacco harm.