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Tobacco Industry Spurned by Top Court on Package Warnings

The U.S. Supreme Court turned away a tobacco industry challenge to a federal law that requires bigger, graphic health warnings on cigarette packages and imposes new marketing restrictions.

The justices today left intact a lower court ruling that said the 2009 measure didn’t violate the free-speech rights of tobacco companies. The cigarette makers challenging the law included Reynolds American Inc.’s R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and a Lorillard Inc. subsidiary.