Tobacco firms face no-win, no-fee action

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 05 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:835

Cigarette manufacturers are to face a multimillion pound claim in the British courts after lawyers made a surprise offer to fund the action on a “no-win, no-fee” basis.

Hopes for a group action were dashed in July when the Legal Aid Board pulled out of the case after funding a 12 month £150 000 ($225 000) investigation into the claim's viability. Now the environmental and medical negligence firm Leigh, Day and Co, which did the initial work, has agreed …

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