“The TTIP grants corporations the same legal rights as nation states, enabling them to sue governments in secret courts to block policies that dent their future profits” Owen Jones

A-packet-of-cigarettes-007“This privileging of corporate interests over democracy is only going to get worse. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership – a treaty being hammered out between the EU and the US with woefully little scrutiny – could grant companies the same legal rights as nation states, enabling them to sue elected governments in secret courts to block policies that dent future profits. And sure enough – using a similar treaty – Philip Morris sued the Australian government for the same policy…

It used the same tactic against Uruguay’s government for enlarging health warnings on cigarette packages.”

If the law favors Big Tobacco over taxpayers, then the law is a disgrace | Owen Jones

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