Tobacco Cos. Say 1st Amendment Bars New FDA Labels

Law360, Washington (September 21, 2011, 3:14 PM EDT) -- R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Lorillard Inc. and other tobacco manufacturers on Wednesday asked a Washington federal judge to put a halt to the rollout of U.S. Food and Drug Administration's new cigarette warnings, which they claim will violate the First Amendment.

R.J. Reynolds, Lorillard, Commonwealth Brands Inc., Liggett Group LLC and Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co. Inc. sued the FDA over the warning labels in August, seeking a preliminary injunction staying the implementation of the nine new graphic health warnings and a declaration that the FDA's...
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