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Qantas and Bristish Airways.(Asia/Pacific report)(Brief Article)

Qantas and British Airways scored a major victory in their defense of lawsuits involving deep vein thrombosis with an Australian appeals court squashing an action brought by a passenger against the airlines. In what was seen as a test case for hundreds of DVT-related cases, the Victorian Court of Appeal ruled that a statement of claims by computer worker Brian Povey should be struck out and actions against Qantas and BA permanently stayed. Povey developed complications and suffered a stroke, leaving him disabled, after flying economy with Qantas from Sydney to London in Feb. 2000 and returning with BA five days later.

The Court of Appeal found that the flight conditions Povey claimed had caused his DVT could not be defined legally as an "accident" for which the airlines were liable. …

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