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Court backs GlaxoSmithKline on Calif. labeling 

Jump to full article: Reuters, 2004-04-15

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California's Supreme Court backed SmithKline Beecham Consumer Healthcare, now part of GlaxoSmithKline GSK.L>, in a ruling on Thursday that found California's nicotine product warning requirements were too stringent.

The court was considering California's Proposition 65, which places additional requirements for health warnings related to nicotine products such as patches and gum aimed at helping people stop smoking. . . .

"This is a direct case of conflict," the court ruled. "When the warning mandated by California law directly conflicts with the one that the federal Food and Drug Administration requires, the federal law prevails."

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