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Notable Decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court,
2008-2009 Term

The following list includes the major decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court during the 2008-2009 term, and the number of votes on rulings that include execution, finance, rape, retirement, injury, discrimination, Guantanamo Bay detainees, and more.

  • Tobacco Companies Suffer a Defeat in the Supreme Court (December 15, 2008) The Supreme Court ruled that the cigarette companies can be sued by smokers who claim they were deceived by advertisements promoting "light" cigarettes. The 5 to 4 vote was a victory for a group of plaintiffs in Maine who accused a tobacco company of fraudulently advertising that "light" cigarettes deliver less tar and nicotine than regular brands.