Tobacco Cos. Say Australian Plain-Pack Law Violates Rights

Law360, New York (March 29, 2012, 7:38 PM EDT) -- Tobacco giants British American Tobacco PLC, Philip Morris International Inc. and Imperial Tobacco Group PLC challenged Australia’s recently enacted plain packaging law Monday in the country’s high court, saying the regulations extinguish the companies’ property rights.

In briefs filed in the High Court of Australia, BAT and interveners Philip Morris and Imperial contended that the Tobacco Plain Packaging Act of 2011, passed in November, violated the companies’ constitutional rights.

The tobacco companies argue that the plain packaging regulations allow the government to control their intellectual property...
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