A Washington DC court ruled this afternoon that cigar companies will not need to have warning labels in place on August 10, 2018. According to the ruling, the label placements have been delayed until 60 days after the appeal has been ruled on by the DC Circuit US Court of Appeals, if needed.
According to the Judge, “Because Plaintiffs’ appeal presents “serious legal questions” on the merits, and because the likelihood of irreparable harm, the balance of equities, and the public interest all strongly favor interim relief, the court exercises its discretion to grant Plaintiffs’ Motion for an Injunction Pending Appeal. Defendants are hereby enjoined from enforcing the health warnings requirements for cigars and pipe tobacco set forth in 21 C.F.R. §§ 1143.3 and 1143.5 until 60 days after final disposition of Plaintiffs’ appeal.“