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Australia to Philip Morris: Butt Out on Dull-Looking Smokes

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By    |   Monday, 10 Jul 2017 12:38 PM

Philip Morris will have to pay Australia millions of dollars in legal costs after the tobacco giant lost a court case that tried to get the country's cigarette plain-packaging regulations overturned.

The court judgment could cost the tobacco manufacturer's Asian entity as much as $37.7 million, according to The Guardian on Sunday.

Australia's legislation bans logos and distinctive-colored cigarette packages, and tobacco companies have been fighting it since 2011.

The court made the decision in March but only published it over the weekend, bringing to a close a five-year legal battle between Philip Morris Asia and the Australian federal government.

In 2012, Philip Morris was joined by Imperial Tobacco and Japan Tobacco in challenging the Australian constitution in the country's high court, but they lost. Philip Morris tried again in the permanent court of arbitration, pinning its case on a 1993 trade agreement between Australia and Hong King, but that case failed, too.

The tobacco giant has argued since then that Australia government's legal costs claims were "excessive," reported the Sydney Morning Herald. Philip Morris complained that Australia's legal claims far exceeded those of Canada ($4.5 million) and the United States ($3 million).

The government argued the claims included not only its own attorneys, but outside counsel, expert reports and witnesses, and travel and accommodation.

"The Tribunal does not consider that any of these costs claimed by the respondent were unreasonable and should not have been incurred," the court said, per the Morning Herald.

"In making this assessment, the tribunal also takes into consideration the significant stakes involved in this dispute in respect of Australia's economic, legal and political framework, and in particular the relevance of the outcome in respect of Australia's policies in matters of public health," the court added.

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