Okumu v. B.A.T. & Mastermind Tobacco Ltd.
Thomas Okumu sued British American Tobacco (BAT) and Mastermind Tobacco Ltd, claiming that the defective nature of their cigarettes caused him to develop lung cancer.
This order discusses procedural matters related to the case as well as whether the case is a representative action or a public interest suit. (Okumu contended that the case is a public interest suit.) The Court ruled that (1) the case is a representative action because, among other reasons, it was filed as a class action, but that (2) the suit is barred by law. Accordingly, the Court did not reach other procedural issues.