Australia Blocks Honduran Bid For WTO Panel In Tobacco Row

Law360, New York (November 20, 2012, 2:38 PM EST) -- Australia blocked a request Monday for the creation of a World Trade Organization panel to examine Honduras' claims that Australia's plain packaging requirements for tobacco products give trademark holders short shrift and conflict with Australia's obligations under international agreements.

Honduras had wanted the WTO's dispute settlement body to establish a panel to look into its claims after May consultations aimed at resolving the dispute failed to bear fruit, but Australia shot down that request at a DSB meeting. Countries can block the creation of a panel...
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