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Tobacco firms launch a legal challenge against plain packaging

Ruth Tarrant

10th December 2015

Four of the world's largest tobacco companies have today mounted a legal challenge against the UK government regarding the plain packaging law. The companies Philip Morris International, British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco and Japan Tobacco International say that the plain packaging requirement will unlawfully take away their trademark intellectual property and prevent them from distinguishing their brand from the competition. Japan Tobacco's barrister said that sales from these four companies contributed £10bn in excise duty to the Treasury every year.

Ruth Tarrant

Ruth has been Subject Lead in Economics at tutor2u for many years after a career of teaching Economics, Business, Politics and Maths in a range of secondary schools. She is a highly experienced A level Economics Examiner, and also teaches undergraduate Economics on a very part-time basis at the University of Oxford. Ruth is passionate about making economics fun, engaging and accessible.

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