Tobacco giant wins appeal over document shreddingBMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7377.1381/a (Published 14 December 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1381
- Bob Burton
In a decision that has stunned tobacco control advocates, the Victorian Court of Appeal in Australia has overturned an earlier ruling against British American Tobacco (BAT) that had awarded over $A700 000 (£250 000; $US394 000; €390 000) in damages to a dying smoker. It had dismissed the company's defence because it had destroyed thousands of potentially relevant documents (BMJ2002;324:934).
On 6 December 2002 the Victorian Court of Appeal unanimously ruled in favour …