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Lawsuits Being Filed Against the FDA Regarding Deeming Regulations

August 16, 2016  

Tobacco Companies Appeal $125M Award to U.S. Supreme Court

On April 21, 2016, Philip Morris, R.J. Reynolds and other tobacco companies filed a petition for writ of certiorari asking the Supreme Court to review a decision allowing Pennsylvania to receive a $125 million payment as part of a nationwide settlement over smoking-related health costs, saying a lower court exceeded its authority by altering an arbitration award. [Read more →]

July 1, 2016  

Expanded Washington Laws Regulating Vapor Products Take Effect

Washington is the latest state to impose enhanced regulatory requirements upon retailers and distributors of vapor cigarettes, as well as upon the consumer use of these products.  New legislation concerning “vapor products” in Washington took effect on June 28, 2016. [Read more →]

June 29, 2016  

Tobacco Practice Partner Quoted in Vapor Voice Magazine

Troutman Sanders tobacco team partner Bryan Haynes was interviewed for a June 21 Vapor Voice Magazine article titled “Dark Vapor.” The article deals with the huge propensity for black-market growth in the vapor industry as the FDA’s deeming regulations force many companies to cease their innovative efforts – or even shut their doors. [Read more →]

June 23, 2016  

Deeming Regulations: Effects of Different Definitions of Tobacco Products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) draws its authority from the Food Drug & Cosmetic Act (“FD&C Act”), whereas the Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (“TTB”) is authorized under the Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”).  Each of these laws has different definitions of “tobacco products” for different purposes.  FDA’s Deeming Rule has no effect on TTB’s jurisdiction over tobacco products, and vice versa.  While the FDA has deemed certain products to be “tobacco products” under the FD&C Act, some deemed products do not meet the definition of “tobacco products” under the IRC.  [Read more →]

June 17, 2016  

Lawsuit Against DOT Ban on Vapor Products in Airplanes

The U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”) promulgated a regulation in May 2016 prohibiting passengers from packing e-cigarettes in stowed luggage or using them on airline flights.  As a result, two non-profit organizations, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (“CEI”) and the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (“CASAA”) filed a lawsuit against DOT alleging that DOT exceeded its authority when it promulgated the regulation.  [Read more →]

June 17, 2016  

Troutman Sanders Tobacco Practice Partner to Speak at Vapor Expo 2016

Bryan Haynes, Troutman Sanders tobacco practice partner, will be attending the Vapor Expo International June 15-16 in Rosemont, Illinois. Bryan will be speaking the morning of June 15, giving an overview of the current e-cigarette regulatory environment in light of the recently-released deeming regulations. This session will also deal with state regulatory initiatives in addition to the new federal requirements. [Read more →]

June 13, 2016  

Deeming Regulations: Important Deadlines in 2016

The FDA’s proposed deeming regulations extend the FDA’s regulatory authority to additional tobacco products including e-cigarettes, e-liquids, cigars, hookah tobacco, pipe tobacco and dissolvables, referred to as “covered tobacco products.”  The FDA currently regulates cigarette tobacco, roll-your own, cigarettes, and smokeless tobacco. [Read more →]

June 13, 2016  

Tobacco Practice Partner Quoted at Tobacco Merchants Association’s Annual Conference and Meeting

Troutman Sanders tobacco team partner Bryan Haynes was quoted in a May 13 Convenience Store News article that recapped “tidbits” gleaned from this year’s TMA’s Annual Conference and Meeting, which was held in Williamsburg, Virginia. [Read more →]

June 10, 2016  

Altria Files Suit Against FDA regarding “Black & Mild” Brand Name

On May 26, 2016, Altria Group, Inc. filed suit against the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in a bid to keep using the Black & Mild brand name for its popular cigars. [Read more →]

May 31, 2016