A court challenge to the constitutionality of federal rules that bar health benefit claims from alcoholic beverage ads can proceed, a U.S. District Court judge in Washington ruled. Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's ruling, in a case brought by the Competitive Enterprise Institute against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms, was disclosed today. CEI had earlier petitioned the Treasury Department agency, which controls alcoholic beverage advertising and labeling, to establish rules for health claims. It charged in its suit that BATF had illegally failed to act on its petition. Judge Penfield rejected that charge.
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