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Australia to consider a class action against tobacco industry

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7239.894/a (Published 01 April 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:894
  1. Christopher Zinn
  1. Sydney

    The chief law officers of Australia and New Zealand are to examine the legal options for a massive multibillion pound action against tobacco companies to recover the costs of treating smoking related diseases.

    The attorneys general have decided to establish a working party to assess the viability of a class action in a similar case to one in the United Sates, in which the tobacco companies were ordered to pay $200bn (£125bn) in compensation over 25 years.

    Queensland's attorney general, …

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