Amit P. Mehta

Ten Questions for 2023

Two days late and a dollar short, it’s time to think about some big storylines for the cigar industry in 2023.

Cigar Industry, FDA Brief Court Over Potential Deregulation of Premium Cigars

Yesterday, the cigar industry and the Department of Justice submitted briefs regarding the outcome of a July 2022 ruling by a federal court in Washington, D.C. If the cigar industry is successful, “premium cigars” might be deregulated.

Nine Things: FDA’s Regulation of Premium Cigars Deemed Illegal

So you want to know what happens next. Here are “nine” “thoughts” on the matter.

Court Rules FDA Acted Improperly in Regulation of Premium Cigars

The premium cigar industry’s nearly six-year lawsuit against the U.S. Food & Drug Administration received its biggest win to date. The stage is set for premium cigars to be exempt from FDA regulation.

Cigar Groups Ask Federal Court to Throw Out FDA Regulations

Three cigar trade groups and the FDA walk into a Washington D.C. federal court room and the judge says… Seriously, there was a surprising number of jokes made during one of the most important hearings about the future of cigar regulation to date.

Cigar Industry, FDA Lawsuit Hearing Delayed Until May 23

At the last minute, today’s scheduled oral arguments were delayed.

Cigar Trade Groups, FDA Due Back in Court on May 4, 2022

Attorneys for the cigar industry and FDA will be back in court in early May to argue about whether or not the agency properly followed rules when choosing to regulate all cigars the same way. If the cigar industry is victorious, the ramifications could be as large as throwing out the FDA regulations for “premium cigars.”

Cigar Industry Asks Court to Throw Out FDA Regulations for Premium Cigars

Once again, the cigar industry has asked a federal court to vacate the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) deeming regulations against “premium” cigars. Last…

Court Declines to Throw Out Substantial Equivalence Requirements for Premium Cigars

Yesterday, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia rejected a long shot legal argument that sought to have FDA’s substantial equivalence requirements for…

Cigar Groups Ask Court to Invalidate FDA Cigar Regulations

The cigar industry is once again asking a federal court to throw out FDA’s regulations of cigars. In fact, the plaintiffs in the lawsuit are…

Court Vacates FDA’s Cigar Warning Label Requirement

The U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia has vacated FDA’s warning label requirements for cigars and pipe tobacco. If that sounds familiar, it’s…