FDA's Graphic-Image Tobacco Labels Found Unconstitutional

Law360, New York (February 29, 2012, 7:53 PM EST) -- A Washington federal judge ruled Wednesday that a requirement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for tobacco companies to include new graphic warning images on cigarette packages would violate the First Amendment by compelling speech.

U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon said the rules published by the FDA in June — which would have cigarette companies print written warnings and graphic images, like cancerous lungs, on the top half of cigarette packages — unconstitutionally compelled speech because the images did not convey factual and uncontroversial...
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