Decisions remain pending on the adequacy of the FDA’s defense in two cases challenging the Deeming Regulations. Those cases are Cigar Association of America v. FDA, No. 1:16-cv-01460 (D.D.C.), and Cyclops Vapor 2, LLC v. FDA, No. 2:16-cv-00556 (M.D. Ala.). The issue arose in Motions to Intervene filed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, and the Truth Initiative on July 24, 2018. Continue Reading Deeming Regulations Litigation Update — Decisions Remain Pending on Health and Advocacy Groups’ Intervention to Defend Deeming Regulations

On August 29, 2017, Plaintiffs Nicopure Labs and the Right to Be Smoke-Free Coalition appealed the adverse judgment of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in Nicopure Labs, LLC, et al. v. Food & Drug Administration, et al., No. 1:16-cv-0878 (D.D.C. July 21, 2017). The District Court held for the FDA on competing Cross Motions for Summary Judgment, denying all of the plaintiffs’ statutory and constitutional challenges to the Deeming Regulation. Continue Reading Vapor Plaintiffs File Notice of Appeal in Deeming Regulation Challenge

Several delays have come in a cigar industry challenge to the FDA’s Deeming Regulations. The case is Cigar Association of America, et al. v. U.S. Food & Drug Administration, et al., No. 1:16-cv-01460 (D.D.C.).

During the spring of 2017, there were several extensions of pending deadlines to “allow new leadership personnel at the Department of Health and Human Services to more fully consider the issues raised in this case and determine how best to proceed.” Another delay has come after the FDA’s most recent announcement of July 28, 2017, declaring a new comprehensive plan for focusing the FDA’s regulatory efforts regarding nicotine. Continue Reading Delays in Cigar Industry Challenge to Deeming Regulations After the FDA’s July 28 Announcement

The FDA’s July 28, 2017, announcement has spurred the parties and would-be intervenors to address the issue to the Court in Cyclops Vapor 2, LLC, et al. v. FDA, et al., No. 2:16-cv-556 (M.D. Ala.). A hearing will be held in the morning of August 10, 2017, in this case challenging the FDA’s Deeming Regulations.

On July 28, the FDA specially announced a new comprehensive plan for focusing its regulatory efforts regarding nicotine, including extending the deadline for premarket review of electronic nicotine delivery systems. Continue Reading FDA’s July 28 Announcement Among Subjects of August 10 Hearing in Deeming Regulations Challenge

Pending a Pennsylvania state court’s determination of claims under state law, a federal court has put on hold a federal challenge to the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue’s expansive reading of Pennsylvania’s new tax on vapor products. The suit began in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania and challenges the Department’s reading as a matter of statutory interpretation, the Pennsylvania Constitution and the U.S. Constitution. Continue Reading Pennsylvania State Court to Get First Say in Vapor Products Tax Case

For agreeing not to challenge Natural American Spirit’s use of the word “Natural” in its product packaging and labeling, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“the FDA”) has been sued in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The case is Sproule v. U.S. Food & Drug Administration, et al., No. 9:17‑cv‑80709 (S.D. Fla.). Continue Reading Plaintiff Doubles Down, Sues FDA Over “Natural” Descriptor…

Troutman Sanders attorneys Bryan Haynes and Robert Claiborne, Jr. were featured in the April 2017 issue of SMOKESHOP magazine. The article, titled “UPS Untaxed Cigarette Trafficking Liability: Increased Scrutiny on Tobacco Companies”, discusses a recent court decision finding United Parcel Service liable to New York City and New York State for claims related to alleged cigarette trafficking.

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How much must a common carrier do to police its shipments? The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit will have the opportunity to weigh in on a $246,975,614 judgment against the United Parcel Service, Inc., (“UPS”) now that the firm has filed a Notice of Appeal. The Notice was filed on June 23, 2017, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Continue Reading UPS Appeals Multimillion Dollar Judgment on Cigarette Deliveries

Are blunt wraps taxable “tobacco products”? Are they “suitable . . . for smoking in a pipe or otherwise”? On May 15, 2017, the Supreme Court of Colorado answered both questions in the affirmative, handing down its decision in Colorado Department of Revenue, et al. v. Creager Mercantile Co., No. 15SC226. Continue Reading Blunt Wraps Taxable “Tobacco Products,” Divided Colorado Supreme Court Concludes

On March 24, 2017, the Third Court of Appeals of Texas decided Hegar, et al. v. Texas Small Tobacco Coalition, et al., No. 03-13-00753-CV. The court held that a tax on nonparticipating or non-settling manufacturers (“NPMs”) did not violate either the Equal Protection or the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The law at issue, Subchapter V to Chapter 161 of the Texas Health & Safety Code (“Subchapter V”), taxed NPMs remaining outside of the Master Settlement Agreement (“MSA”) at approximately $0.55 per cigarette pack and companies subsequently joining the MSA at approximately $0.15 per pack. The case was of particular interest because Texas is not a party to the MSA, yet the MSA’s distinctions were the bases for Subchapter V’s. Continue Reading NPM Tax Valid Under U.S. Constitution, Says Texas Appellate Court