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FDA Lawsuit Delayed

FDA Lawsuit Delayed 30 Days

March 21st, 2017

The FDA and cigar trade group delays the FDA lawsuit by 30 days.

FDA lawsuit: On March 21, 2017, FDA and the cigar trade groups suing the agency jointly agreed to a 30-day delay of the trial start.

The Food & Drug Administration had originally requested a 60-day pushback, due to staff turnover within FDA due to the new administration; while that offer was rejected by the plaintiffs, the Cigar Association of America (CAA), Cigar Rights of America (CRA) and the International Premium Cigar & Pipes Retailers Association (IPCPR) agreed to 30 days with one stipulation: if FDA requests another delay, the groups will not agree unless FDA extends the compliance dates for their deeming regulations.

Other dates pertaining to motions and filings have been moved to accommodate the extension. Originally scheduled for July 28, the trial start date has now been set for Aug. 30, 2017.