Philip Morris sues UK Government – sue them right back!

Primate's Progress

Not my area, but I take this personally. My children’s favourite aunt had lung cancer.

TOBACCO giant Philip Morris is to launch the biggest corporate compensation case in history against the UK and Scottish Governments over the decision to impose plain packaging on cigarettes.

Legal papers are expected to be presented today or early next week seeking between £9 billion and £11bn. Other tobacco companies are expected to follow suit.

stage-4-lung-cancer-photo Stage 4 lung cancer; image via

Their argument is that the planned imposition of plain packaging, by preventing them from using their very valuable brand image, is a “deprivation of property”,  and what is human life, after all, compared with property?

A similar case has already failed in Australia, but not before holding up plain packaging for a year, during which more young people became addicted to cigarettes. And that judgment can’t be used to shortcircuit the case…

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