First, the justices will hear arguments over limits on lawsuits against tobacco companies.
The court will consider whether federal regulation of cigarettes prevents smokers from suing tobacco companies under state law for allegedly deceptive advertising of ":light": cigarettes.
The case grew out of a lawsuit by three Maine residents against Altria Group Inc. and its Philip Morris USA Inc. subsidiary under the state’s law against unfair marketing practices.
The court will also hear arguments on whether public sector unions may use nonmember agency fees for litigation expenses outside the bargaining unit.
The case stems from a dispute over service fees paid by state workers who choose not to join the Maine State Employees Union but receive union protection.