Washington Law Review


In Cipollone v. Liggett Group, Inc., the Supreme Court reaffirmed a narrow application of the federal preemption doctrine where preemption would prevent a state from exercising its police powers through the common law. Cipollone marks the latest in a line of Supreme Court decisions requiring courts to employ a presumption against preemption if congressional intent to preempt is not clear. Nevertheless, recent circuit court decisions have held that FIFRA preempts state common law claims against pesticide manufacturers. This Comment concludes that courts continuing to hold FIFRA preemptive of state common law both misinterpret congressional intent and misapply Cipollone.

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