O’Melveny Represents Liggett Group in Successful Challenge to FDA Cigarette Labeling Rule2月 29, 2012
Sonja Steptoe Julie Fei
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On February 29, 2012, US District Judge Richard Leon ruled that a US Food and Drug Administration regulation requiring tobacco companies to put graphic health warnings on cigarette packaging is an unconstitutional violation of the companies' First Amendment protections against government-compelled speech.
Several tobacco companies, including Liggett Group, filed suit against the FDA last August, challenging the rule. O'Melveny & Myers partner Jonathan Hacker represented Liggett Group in the litigation.
The case is R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. v. U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 11-cv-01482, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington). Here is a link to Judge Leon's decision: http://www.scribd.com/doc/83237049/Leon#fullscreen.
If you would like to interview Jon Hacker about this matter, please contact Julie Fei or Sonja Steptoe at the email addresses and phone numbers listed above.
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