Tobacco plain packaging clears final hurdle in Australia
In a keenly anticipated decision, Australia’s highest court has rejected an appeal by British American Tobacco, Philip Morris, Japan Tobacco and Imperial Tobacco against the Tobacco Plain Packaging Act, which was approved by the Australian senate in November last year. The cigarette companies had argued that removing all trademarks and branding from the packaging amounted to acquisition of their property by the government without due compensation. However, a majority of the court found that the Act was not contrary to the relevant part of the Australian constitution – adding that the reasons behind its decision would be published at a later date.
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