Remember when we told you how the poor beleaguered souls at Big Tobacco were complaining about graphic new potential warning labels on their products? Well, a US judge just sided with them, granting a temporary injunction and calling the FDA warnings “unconstitutional.”
Reynolds American Inc’s R.J. Reynolds unit, Lorillard Inc , Liggett Group LLC and Commonwealth Brands Inc, owned by Britain’s Imperial Tobacco Group Plc originally sued the FDA arguing that their ads engaged in anti-smoking advocacy on the government’s behalf and infringed on their (meaning the giant soulless corporate conglomeration’s) right to free speech.
The Obama administration’s options include appealing U.S. District Judge Richard Leon ‘s ruling or the FDA could try to rewrite the rules regarding their warnings to make them less “narrowly tailored.”
The ads were supposed to go into effect September 2012.