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'Thalidomider' wins landmark case

A LIMBLESS victim of the notorious morning sickness drug Thalidomide has settled a multi-million-dollar case against the distributor of the drug.

Australian woman Lynette Rowe was born without arms or legs after her mother took the drug distributed to women to treat morning sickness in the 1960s.

After years of legal battles against United Kingdom company Diageo, Ms Rowe had a landmark victory, securing a settlement on Wednesday.

While it was a major personal victory for Ms Rowe, she will continue to lead an Australian and New Zealand class action against distributors and creators of Thalidomide.

"It is great that my case will bring about good things for other people too," Ms Rowe said.

"It shows you don't need arms and legs to change the world. Like I always say: see the person, not the disability."

The class action court case will continue for other claimants, with lawyer Peter Gordon seeking an adjournment in the trial until August 2013 to tend to the other claims.

"Many of these people have battled horrendous difficulties for 50 years without help or justice," Mr Gordon said.

"We want to ensure all Thalidomiders have an opportunity to get justice."

Topics:  court


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