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Law360 Cites O'Melveny's Representation of Tobacco Companies in Coverage of Label Warnings Matter

November 10, 2011

O'Melveny & Myers Appellate Practice Group partner Jonathan Hacker's representation of Liggett Group LLC in litigation over new cigarette warnings is included in recent coverage of the case by Law360.

In a November 9, 2011 article reporting on a request from six US Senators that the federal government immediately appeal a Washington federal court's injunction against the rollout of new FDA cigarette label health warnings, Law360 reported that Hacker represents Liggett Group in the litigation. The article is titled, "Six Sens. Call For Quick FDA Cigarette label Appeal."

In a September 21, 2011 article, titled "Tobacco Cos. Say 1st Amendment Bars New FDA Labels," the online legal newswire reported that tobacco industry leading companies, including Liggett Group, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., and Lorillard Inc. have asked a Washington federal judge to stop the rollout of the US Food and Drug Administration's new cigarette warnings, which they claim will violate the First Amendment.

Law360 reported that Liggett Group, Reynolds, Lorillard, Commonwealth Brands Inc., 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 regulations are unconstitutional.

Hacker practices in the Firm's Washington, DC office. The case is R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. et al. v. US Food and Drug Administration, case number 1:11-cv-01482, in the US District Court for the District of Columbia.