Australian High Court Upholds Plain-Pack Tobacco Law

Law360, New York (August 14, 2012, 10:49 PM EDT) -- Australia's high court on Tuesday upheld a law requiring tobacco companies to sell products in plain, unbranded packaging, rejecting an argument by British American Tobacco PLC, Philip Morris International Inc. and Imperial Tobacco Group PLC that the regulations violate their intellectual property rights.

The High Court of Australia issued a short order saying a majority of the justices had ruled that the Tobacco Plain Packaging Act of 2011, passed in November, was not contrary to the Australian Constitution. The court said it would publish its reasons...
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