| 24.01,12. 02:10 AM |
Top silks in tobacco fight
January 24, 2012
A WHO'S who of the legal fraternity will appear in the High Court today when big tobacco challenges the federal government over plain packaging laws.
Eleven senior counsel - including Allan Myers QC, Alan Archibald QC and Bret Walker SC, three of Australia's highest paid barristers representing the four tobacco companies and the government will appear before Justice William Gummow in Sydney as they prepare for the three-day hearing starting on April 17 in Canberra.
Philip Morris, British American Tobacco Australasia, Imperial Tobacco Australia and Japan Tobacco International are suing the government, claiming plain packaging violates the Australian Constitution because the government is trying to take their brands without paying compensation.
The plain packaging laws were passed by Parliament in November, but the introduction of the green packaging with health warnings will not come into effect until December this year.