irishtimes.com – 18 de Febrero de 2015 – Japón
The threat by Japan Tobacco Group to promptly sue the Government over draft laws to ban branded tobacco packaging stands as a blatant intrusion into Ireland’s political process in the interests of its own profit.
The business, which owns the Benson & Hedges and Silk Cut brands, could have waited for the Oireachtas to enact the law before proceeding to the Four Courts with an action to vindicate its intellectual and other property rights.
Instead, the firm’s Irish unit sent unambiguous missives to Ministers James Reilly and Leo Varadkar in which it purported to instruct them to stop the legislation in its tracks within 10 days or face a High Court claim for damages. As if to maintain some kind of decorum as hostilities intensify, the threat was copied to Taoiseach Enda Kenny.