Business: Not a Cough in a Carload

In Johannesburg last week, Judge Henry John Clayden convened the Witwatersrand division of South Africa's Supreme Court for one important minute—just long enough to hand down a copy of his lengthy (100,000 words) decision in the longest (385 days) civil suit, awarding the largest damages ($1,600,000) in South African legal history.

The expensive quarrel was between South Africa's two big tobacco companies, International Tobacco Co. Ltd. and United Tobacco Companies (South) Ltd.

It began in 1949, when International's Max cigarettes were a growing favorite among South Africa's urban Negroes. Suddenly, sales began to...

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