Cuba appoints Allen & Overy to challenge Australia’s Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011
Allen & Overy, on behalf of the Republic of Cuba, is challenging the Australian legislation at the World Trade Organisation on the grounds that the act is in breach of various international treaties regarding trade and international property rights.
The act introduced stringent new measures requiring all tobacco products in Australia to be sold in standard dark green boxes and prohibited the use of logos, brand imagery and promotional text.
It is the first time that Cuba has challenged another country’s commercial legislation at the World Trade Organisation. Of the matters currently pending before the WTO, the case has attracted the largest number of claimants.
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