Litigation against tobacco companies, about smoking-related diseases, is novel outside of the United States. While in the past two decades U.S. courts have handed down costly verdicts against tobacco companies, European courts have not been as willing to rule against the tobacco industry. European courts have been much more reluctant to award damages to individuals with smoking related diseases or their families. As a result, courts outside the United States have not handed down major decisions against tobacco companies.
Why Tobacco Litigation Has Not Been Successful in the United Kingdom: A Comparative Analysis of Tobacco Litigation in the United States and the United Kingdom,
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