Late last year tobacco company Philip Morris International’s (PMI) attempted to sue the Australian government for billions over the introduction of plain packing of cigarettes. This court case happened in a secretive court system, just like the one that they are trying to introduce in the EU-USA trade deal, TTIP. PMI failed in their attempt and the case report has just been published.
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"The Australian Government says it has spent Aus$50 million defending this case"
I think you will find that the Australian Government has never commented on the cost. The figure of $50m came from an unsubstantiated newspaper report.