Little has transpired on two bills that would expand and increase the excise tax on tobacco products. Pending in Congress are S. 1837, introduced by Senator Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), and H.R. 729, introduced by Congresswoman Brenda L. Lawrence (D.-Mich.). Continue Reading Bills that Would Expand and Increase the Tobacco Excise Tax Pending in Congress

On November 8, 2017, Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) introduced H.R. 4273. The next day, Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) introduced S. 2100. If passed, either bill would enact the “Tobacco to 21 Act.” The bills have been referred, respectively, to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Continue Reading Renewed Effort to Push “Tobacco to 21” Bills Through Congress

Troutman Sanders Partner Bryan Haynes will attend the Food and Drug Law Institute Conference on Enforcement, Litigation, and Compliance held December 6-7, 2017 in Washington, DC. Bryan will moderate a session on the FDA’s enforcement of age verification and other requirements for tobacco products.

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For questions and/or comments, please contact Bryan Haynes, at 804.697.1420 or by email.

 

In the cross-appeals of a $246,975,614 judgment won by New York State and New York City, amici curiae have filed briefs in support of the United Parcel Service, Inc., (“UPS”). The case is New York v. UPS, Nos. 17-1993, -2107, -2111 (2d Cir.). Continue Reading Amici Curiae Come to UPS’s Aid in Appeals over Cigarette Deliveries

Further briefing and deliberation are expected on a Motion to Intervene filed by several anti-tobacco advocacy and health groups in Nicopure Labs, LLC, v. FDA, No. 17-5196 (D.C. Cir.). The would-be intervenors include 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. Continue Reading Deeming Regulations Litigation Update — Merits Panel to Take Up Intervention Question in D.C. Circuit Appeal, Further Briefing Expected

In the cigar industry’s challenge to the FDA’s Deeming Regulations, there has been a flurry of activity in anticipation of oral argument on the parties’ cross- motions. The case is Cigar Association of America, et al. v. FDA, et al., No. 1:16-cv-01460 (D.D.C.). Continue Reading Deeming Regulations Litigation Update — Recent Filings in Run-Up to December 14 Oral Argument on Cigar Industry’s Challenge

On October 16, 2017, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law three measures targeting non-tobacco shisha. According to one of the co-sponsors, these laws were passed in “an effort to bust the misperception that non-tobacco shisha is healthier than cigarettes when, in fact, they are not.” Continue Reading On Heels of Anti-Tobacco Overhaul, New York City Targets Non-Tobacco Shisha

Recent filings in the cigar industry’s challenge to the FDA’s Deeming Regulations involve outside support and opposition. The case is Cigar Association of America v. FDA, No. 1:16-cv-01460 (D.D.C.).

After Plaintiffs in the cigar-industry challenge to the Deeming Regulations filed a Motion for Preliminary Injunction and a Motion for Partial Summary Judgment on October 3, 2017, filings of amici curiae have come on their side. Meanwhile, the Court has denied a Motion to Intervene filed by several anti-tobacco advocacy and public-health groups. Continue Reading Deeming Regulations Litigation Update — State and Nonprofit Amici Support Cigar Challenge, Anti-Tobacco Intervention Disallowed

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently finalized is industry guidance on the prohibition of distributing free tobacco product samples. This guidance is intended to assist tobacco product retailers, manufacturers, and distributors in interpreting the requirements related to the distribution of tobacco products through non-monetary exchanges, membership and rewards programs, contests and games of chance, and business-to-business exchanges, among others. Continue Reading FDA Finalizes Guidance on the Prohibition of Free Tobacco Product Samples

Activity on Motions for Summary Judgment seems to suggest different paths ahead for remaining trial litigation in Deeming Regulations challenges. This activity comes after delays owing to the need for new leadership in the Department of Health and Human Services to review the cases and, more recently, for the existing plaintiffs and defendants to reconsider the claims in light of the FDA’s July 28, 2017, announcement of a new comprehensive plan for focusing its regulatory efforts regarding nicotine. The 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.). Continue Reading Deeming Regulations Litigation Update — Activity on Motions for Summary Judgment