Norway Stubs Out Philip Morris Challenge To Cig Display Ban

Law360, New York (September 14, 2012, 3:36 PM EDT) -- Tobacco giant Philip Morris International Inc. was handed a defeat Friday in Oslo District Court in its challenge to Norway’s ban on displays of tobacco products in retail stores.

In siding with Norway’s government, which in 2010 expanded an existing ban on cigarette and alcohol advertising in place since 1975 to include point-of-sale displays of tobacco, the Oslo court rejected Philip Morris’ argument that the ban unjustifiably restricted the free movement of goods in violation of the European Economic Area Agreement.

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