Australia: Government to intervene in British American Tobacco case
Date: 24 Jul 2003
The government is to seek leave in the High Court to intervene in the case of Rolah McCabe vs British American Tobacco.
The case saw the dramatic overturning on appeal of the original ruling, which awarded Mrs McCabe compensation after ruling that BAT had deliberately shredded documents that would have supported her case.
Since the appeal, the plaintiff has died.
Now the Victorian Attorney General Rob Hulls has reviewed new information submitted by a former tobacco employee and has suggested that the case merits government intervention, as it goes "to the heart of the justice system".
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