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Judge slams BAT's shredding policy as part of “a fraud”

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 08 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1354
  1. Bob Burton
  1. Canberra

    The “document retention policy” of British American Tobacco Australia Services (BATAS), under which sensitive documents were shredded, had been developed “for the purpose of a fraud,” Justice Jim Curtis of the Dust Diseases Tribunal of New South Wales has found, in a damning ruling.

    In the case before the tribunal, the transport services company Brambles Australia is seeking to recover part of $A200 000 (£79 800; €116 000; $150 300) in compensation costs paid to the family of Mr Alan Mowbray, who died from lung cancer in 2002. Mr Mowbray, a motor mechanic, was exposed to asbestos …

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