jueves, 19 de febrero de 2015

Tobacco giant issues legal threat over plain packaging – 18 de Febrero de 2015 – Irlanda

One of the world’s largest tobacco firms has told the Government to immediately halt plain packaging legislation in the Dáil or face a High Court claim for damages.

JTI Ireland, owner of the Benson & Hedges and Silk Cut brands, has told Ministers James Reilly and Leo Varadkar that it will take legal action if they fail to promise by Friday that no further steps will be taken to enact the draft law.

The intervention by the company, whose Geneva- based parent the Japan Tobacco Group has a market capitalisation in excess of €55 billion, comes as the Dáil health subcommittee prepares for a debate today on measures to ban branded designs on tobacco packaging.

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