The village of Haverstraw Board of Trustees has approved the settlement with the plaintiffs who filed a federal lawsuit against the village, challenging the village’s local law restricting tobacco-product displays in stores.
Under the settlement, the plaintiffs would drop the lawsuit if the village rescinds the law.
The board set a public hearing for Aug. 13 to discuss a new local law to repeal the existing law.
The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in White Plains by seven tobacco manufacturers — Lorillard Tobacco Co., R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Philip Morris USA Inc., Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co., American Snuff Co. LLC, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Brands Inc. and John Middleton Co. — and the New York Association of Convenience Stores.
The plaintiffs argued that the village’s law violated their freedom of speech.