01 Mar State Attorneys General, Public Interest Law Firm File Amicus Briefs on FDA Deeming Rule
Last week, two separate amicus briefs were filed on in support of the ongoing legal challenge by IPCPR, CRA and CAA to the recently implemented FDA deeming regulation. The Amicus Curiae, or “Friend of the Court” briefs are a process for non-involved parties to submit testimony, facts and opinions that the court may not have access too during its normal proceedings. The first brief, filed by the State Attorneys General of Arizona, Louisiana, Michigan and Texas agreed with the crux of the lawsuit that FDA’s final rule regulating premium cigar products is ultimately illegal. Concurrently, an additional brief was filed by Cause of Action (COA) Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to pursuing and defending personal liberty. Both briefs rightly point out the many shortcomings, fallacies and damaging elements included in and precipitated by the FDA’s final rule, including:
- The clear lack of understanding of the economic fall out for small businesses,
- A mitigation of the tax base used to fund state anti-smoking activities,
- An artificial definition of the marketplace by government regulation.
IPCPR applauds these efforts by the Attorneys General and the COA – and thanks them for their support of premium cigar retailers, consumers and manufacturers everywhere. We look forward to continuing our fight on behalf of small businesses and the premium cigar industry.