Court: Graphic Images on Cigarette Warnings Violate Speech Rights

Federal rules that require graphic warning images on cigarette packages were struck down today in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, on the basis that the mandates violate corporate speech rights, ABAJournal.com reports. Writing for the majority, Judge Janice Rogers Brown found in favor of R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, saying that the case raises “novel questions” about what the government can require in commercial disclosures.