UPDATE 3-Tobacco companies sue U.S. FDA over label approvals

April 14, 2015 9:31 PM

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NEW YORK, April 14 (Reuters) - A group of tobacco companies sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday over recent guidance they say violates their free-speech rights by mandating pre-approval of labeling changes.

Plaintiffs including R.J. Reynolds Co, Lorillard Tobacco Co and Altria Group Inc's Philip Morris USA Inc filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to try to block the directive, which was issued in March.

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