Australia to consider a class action against tobacco industryBMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7239.894/a (Published 01 April 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:894
- Christopher Zinn
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, …