Australian wins right to fight tobacco company

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 11 November 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1250
  1. SIMON CHAPMAN, department of health
  1. University of Sydney

    A judge in Sydney's supreme court has rejected an application by an Australian tobacco company, W D and H O Wills, that a former smoker cannot seek damages in the consumer claims tribunal. Justice Ireland ruled last month that Dr Sarah Hodson could proceed with her claim to the tribunal for compensation of $A1000 (£500), which she estimates represents the costs she has borne in seeking help to stop smoking.

    Dr Hodson had approached the tribunal--typically …

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