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|Lorillard Files Suit Challenging FDA Graphic Labels on First Amendment Grounds|
GREENSBORO, N.C., Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --
Lorillard, Inc. (NYSE: LO), the third largest manufacturer of cigarettes in the United States, today filed suit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), challenging nine new cigarette warnings as an unconstitutional way of forcing tobacco manufacturers to disseminate the government's anti-smoking message.
Lorillard filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia along with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Commonwealth Brands, Inc., and Liggett Group LLC. Under the FDA's recently announced regulation, cigarette packs and cartons and all cigarette advertising must display new graphic warnings by September 22, 2012. The suit seeks a preliminary injunction to stay the effective date of the regulation and a declaration that the regulation is unconstitutional.
"The regulations violate the First Amendment," said Floyd Abrams, a partner in the New York law firm of Cahill Gordon & Reindel, who is representing Lorillard. "The notion that the government can require those who manufacture a lawful product to emblazon half of its package with pictures and words admittedly drafted to persuade the public not to purchase that product cannot withstand constitutional scrutiny. The government can engage in as much anti-smoking advocacy as it chooses in whatever language and with whatever pictures it chooses; it cannot force those who lawfully sell tobacco to the public to carry that message, those words, and those pictures."
About Lorillard, Inc.
Lorillard, Inc. (NYSE: LO), through its Lorillard Tobacco Company subsidiary, is the third largest manufacturer of cigarettes in the United States. Founded in 1760, Lorillard is the oldest continuously operating tobacco company in the U.S. Newport, Lorillard's flagship menthol-flavored premium cigarette brand, is the top selling menthol and second largest selling cigarette in the U.S. In addition to Newport, the Lorillard product line has four additional brand families marketed under the Kent, True, Maverick, and Old Gold brand names. These five brands include 43 different product offerings which vary in price, taste, flavor, length and packaging. Lorillard maintains its headquarters and manufactures all of its products in Greensboro, North Carolina.
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