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Tobacco giant wins appeal over document shredding

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 14 December 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1381
  1. Bob Burton
  1. Canberra

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 …

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