Uruguay Scores a Win

Uruguay won a major lawsuit against tobacco giant Philip Morris International (PMI) last Friday.

PMI sued the country over anti-tobacco laws, including the mandate that graphic warnings cover 80% of cigarette packaging.

The World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) upheld Uruguay's laws in its ruling, dismissed the case, and ordered PMI to pay Uruguay $7 million to cover legal costs. Michael R. Bloomberg, whose foundation provided support on the case, said, "No country should ever be intimidated by the threat of a tobacco company lawsuit, and this case will help embolden more nations to take actions that will save lives."

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