Today, the Supreme Court granted review in In re Tobacco II Cases, no. S147345, and issued a "grant and hold" order in Pfizer v. Superior Court, no. S145775. The "grant and hold" order in Pfizer reads:
Further action in this matter is deferred pending consideration and disposition of a related issue in In re Tobacco II cases, S147345 (see Cal. Rules of Court, rule 282(d)(2)), or pending further order of the court. Submission of additional briefing, pursuant to California Rules of Court, rule 29.1, is deferred pending further order of the court. Chin and Corrigan, JJ., are recused and did not participate. Votes: George, CJ., Kennard, Baxter, Werdegar and Moreno, JJ.Because a statement of the issues to be reviewed in Tobacco is not yet available online, and because I haven't seen the briefs in Tobacco, I cannot say precisely how the issues overlap with Pfizer. If/when I get more information, I will, of course, post it. Meanwhile, the Court of Appeal opinions in Pfizer and Tobacco are both no longer citable as precedent.