Friday, August 10, 2012
The True Cost of Plain Fag Packets
In April I wrote about Nanny's consultation on plain packaging for fag packets.
Well folks that consultation ran for longer than originally planned, because Nanny was deluged with people's opinions (doubtless many of which were "managed" by the various factions in the smoking debate).
Anyhoo, today the consultation closes.
In the event that Nanny goes ahead with her plans, she has been given a very blunt warning about the financial consequences for the hapless taxpayer. For you see ladies and gentlemen, were Nanny to ban companies from printing their logos/brands etc it would be an infringement of their rights to use logos etc that they have spent billions on developing over the years.
Philip Morris said that the plans violated national and international law, and could leave the taxpayer facing a massive bill for compensation.
In its submission to the consultation the firm cited a legal opinion by Lord Hoffmann QC that removal of the distinctive brand marks would amount to the "expropriation" of the industry's intellectual property rights.
It pointed out that the big four tobacco companies had already mounted a legal challenge to similar proposals in Australia - the only country so far to announce that it intends to go ahead with plain packaging - and suggested the compensation payout in such a case in the UK would run to "billions of pounds".
Good luck with that then Nanny!
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