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U.S. Challenges Judge Ruling on Cigarette Graphic Warnings  

Jump to full article: Bloomberg News, 2012-03-05
Author: Tom Schoenberg

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The U.S. government appealed a federal judge’s ruling throwing out requirements for graphic warning labels regarding the health risks of cigarettes.

The Food and Drug Administration filed a notice of appeal today in U.S. District Court in Washington seeking to overturn Judge Richard Leon’s Feb. 29 decision that the government’s rule violates the tobacco companies’ rights to free speech.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington is scheduled to hear arguments next month on the government’s challenge to a ruling Leon issued in November that canceled a Sept. 22 deadline for tobacco companies to begin displaying images such as diseased lungs and a cadaver with chest staples on an autopsy table on the top half of the front and back of all cigarette packages.

It is unclear whether the three-judge panel will consider today’s appeal on April 10.

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