Philip Morris Norway v. The Ministry of Health and Care Services

Philip Morris Norway challenged Norway's ban on the display of tobacco products at retail establishments.  A European court, ruling on European law, determined that the domestic Norwegian court must decide whether "the measure is necessary to achieve the stated goal, and that goal cannot be reached using less extensive prohibitions or restrictions or prohibitions or restrictions that affect trade within [Europe] less."  The Norway court determined that the display ban is necessary and that no alternative, less intrusive measure could produce a similar result.  The court upheld the ban and ordered Philip Morris to pay legal fees.  


Philip Morris Norway v. The Ministry of Health and Care Services, Civil Action No. 10-041388TVI-OTIR/02, Oslo District Court (2012).

  • Norway
  • Sep 14, 2012
  • Oslo District Court


Plaintiff Philip Morris Norway AS

Defendant Staten v/Helse Og omsorgsdepartementet (Ministry of Health and Care Services)

Third Party

  • The Norwegian Cancer Society

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International/Regional Instruments Cited

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Type of Litigation

Tobacco Control Topics

Substantive Issues

Type of Tobacco Product