THE settlement of a lawsuit
involving 50 women infected with hepatitis C at a Melbourne day surgery
clinic has been derailed, as one woman holds out for her own trial.
The women are suing Croydon Hospital Pty Ltd after being infected by drug-addicted anaesthetist James Latham Peters.
for the hospital had offered to settle both cases, but on the condition
that the individual’s case be rolled into the class action.
Ingram, representing the lone litigant, told the Victorian Supreme
Court that his client did not want to be part of the group.
David Beach said he did not believe he had the power to force the woman
to join the class action, and adjourned both cases.