On January 21, 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued an order disposing of several motions before it in American Academy of Pediatrics, et al. v. U.S. Food & Drug Administration, et al., Nos. 19-2130, -2132, -2198, -2242. This is an appeal from the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, which:
- held that the FDA’s August 2017 guidance did not lawfully extend tobacco product compliance deadlines; and
- ordered new deadlines of May 12, 2020, for filing applications, and one year after application for approval.
The district court’s rulings amounted to a roughly two-year acceleration of the FDA’s deadlines.