High Court of Australia

JT International SA v Commonwealth of Australia [2012] HCA 43

British American Tobacco Australasia Limited v The Commonwealth

250 CLR 1; 86 ALJR 1297; 291 ALR 669

5 Oct 2012

Case Number: S409/2011 S389/2011

Before

French CJ, Gummow, Hayne, Heydon, Crennan, Kiefel, Bell JJ

Catchwords

Constitutional law (Cth) – Legislative power – Section 51(xxxi) – Acquisition of property on just terms – Plaintiffs hold registered and unregistered trade marks and other intellectual property rights in relation to tobacco product packaging – Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011 (Cth) regulates appearance of tobacco product packaging and use of trade marks on such packaging – Whether plaintiffs' intellectual property rights, goodwill and rights to determine appearance of tobacco products constitute "property" for purposes of s 51(xxxi) – Whether Act effects an acquisition of plaintiffs' property otherwise than on just terms.

Words and phrases – "acquisition of property", "intellectual property", "just terms", "trade marks".

Constitution – s 51(xxxi).

Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011 (Cth) – ss 15, 18-27, 30-48.

Competition and Consumer (Tobacco) Information Standard 2011 (Cth) – ss 1. 5, 3. 1, 4. 1, 9. 13, 9. 19-19. 20.

Tobacco Plain Packaging Regulations 2011 (Cth) – Divs 2. 1-2. 4, 3. 1.
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