Loss of tobacco suit means 120 other cases will be droppedBMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7504.1349-b (Published 09 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1349
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
The widow of a man who died from lung cancer lost a battle against Imperial Tobacco that had lasted more than a decade in the Scottish courts last week. The case is almost certain to be the last attempt for some time to sue over injuries related to tobacco in the UK courts.
At the Court of Session, in Edinburgh, the judge, Nimmo Smith, comprehensively rejected a claim by Margaret McTear that the company should be liable to pay compensation for the death of her husband, Alfred, in 1993 at the age of 48. Mr McTear, a 60 …