GENEVA Tough tobacco packaging laws implemented by Australia are a legitimate public health measure, according to a World Trade Organization dispute panel ruling reported by Bloomberg news.
It cited two people close to the situation as saying the panel had rejected a case made by Cuba, Honduras, Dominican Republic and Indonesia, which argued the laws constituted illegal barriers to trade.
The ruling is not expected to be published until July, but a confidential draft has been circulated to parties in the case, Bloomberg reported.
The four countries will have the chance to appeal.
(Reporting by Tom Miles; editing by John Stonestreet)