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British American Tobacco Seeks Australia Govt Advice Through Courts –
SYDNEY (Dow Jones)–British American Tobacco PLC (BTI) said Monday it will
again pursue the Australian government through the courts in an effort to
obtain the legal advice given to the government in its decision to push
ahead with measures to implement plain packaging on cigarette packets.

From January next year, the Australian government wants to remove all
branding and advertising from cigarette packets.

BAT, along with other tobacco companies, is fiercely opposed to the planned
packaging measures and has threatened to challenge the proposed legislation
in court.

Having already failed in earlier attempts to force the government to release
its legal advice, BAT said it plans to appeal to the High Court to secure
the information.

The tobacco manufacturer also said it will challenge the plain packaging
laws in court, if the new laws are approved.

-By Enda Curran, Dow Jones Newswires; 61-2-8272-4687;

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