Supreme Court Decides To Hear FDA Appeal
The US Supreme Court agreed today to hear arguments on whether
the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has the authority to
regulate tobacco products.
A lower court had ruled last August
that the FDA lacked the authority to regulate tobacco products.
Arguments will likely be heard in the fall.
U.S. Solicitor General Seth Waxman argued that the Supreme Court
should take the case, "The question presented in this case is of
urgent public importance. The court of appeals was simply
wrong... Unless reversed by this court, the panel's ruling
will deprive the public of an unparalleled opportunity to
prevent millions of children from beginning a highly addictive
habit that often leads to premature death."
Richard Cooper, a Williams and Connolly lawyer who represents RJ Reynolds, said,
"There is no reason to grant the writ. The decision of the
court of appeals is correct."
USA TODAY, (4/26/99) "Tobacco Industry Takes On FDA", Wendy Koch, p. A13.
WASHINGTON TIMES (on-line), (4/25/99) "High Court Puffing Over Laststand Plea
On Tobacco Rules", Frank Murray.
WALL STREET JOURNAL, (4/26/99) "Options Traders Bet High Court Will Decide Against
Reviewing Tobacco Ruling On FDA", Steven Sears, p. C24.
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