In what is being described as a first-of-its-kind conflict between a nation’s tobacco control regulations and the treaty rights of a multinational corporation, Uruguay has hired a pair of Washington, D.C.-based partners from Foley Hoag in an international battle against Philip Morris Products SA.

The South American nation has tapped Paul Reichler and Ronald Goodman to defend its anti-smoking laws in an arbitration before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.

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