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NAQC Newsroom: Tobacco Control

Uruguay Wins Landmark Victory Over Philip Morris!

Monday, August 15, 2016  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
In a public health victory of global import, an international arbitral tribunal this month rejected Philip Morris International’s legal challenge to Uruguay’s strong tobacco control measures. The World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes ruled in favor of Uruguay after Philip Morris challenged the country’s graphic warning labeling and brand marketing requirements. The tribunal dismissed the tobacco company’s claims for compensation, ordered the company to reimburse Uruguay more than $7 million in legal fees and related costs, and affirmed the measures as Uruguay’s reasonable exercise of its sovereign right (and duty) to protect public health.
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