• April 16, 2024

Solicitor General Asks SCOTUS for Review of Ruling

 Solicitor General Asks SCOTUS for Review of Ruling
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The Office of the Solicitor General filed a petition for certiorari in the case of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration v. Wages & White Lion Investments LLC, asking the Supreme Court to review the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit’s en banc decision concluding that the FDA’s denial of some premarket tobacco product applications (PMTAs) was arbitrary and capricious.

According to the SG, a Supreme Court review of the Fifth Circuit’s decision is warranted because the court relied upon “legal theories that have been rejected by other courts of appeals that have reviewed materially similar FDA denial orders.”

At one level, the federal government’s decision to seek Supreme Court review is what one might expect, according to Reason. However, there is a circuit split on whether the FDA acted in an arbitrary and capricious fashion when it refused to consider certain materials submitted with PMTAs and departed from previous guidance it had given the industry. Most circuits to hear such claims turned them away.

The Fifth Circuit (along with the Eleventh Circuit) did not. Certiorari would thus be warranted to resolve the circuit split and remove any cloud over the FDA’s continuing ability to review (and deny) PMTAs for vaping products. Without Supreme Court review, vaping product manufacturers would be incentivized to seek review of any PMTA denials in the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, which could undermine the FDA’s regulatory authority.