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Quebec Court of Appeal rules against tobacco companies

Mar 1, 2019

Quebec Court of Appeal rules against tobacco companies 

 

On March 1, 2019, five judges from the Quebec of Court of Appeal rendered a unanimous historic judgment of almost $17 billion and upheld the no less historic ruling of the Quebec Superior Court that the tobacco industry - Imperial Tobacco, Rothmans, Benson & Hedges and JTI-MacDonald - had for more than 50 years systematically lied, distorted the truth, minimized and trivialized the dangers of tobacco.

A summary can be seen here:

http://courdappelduquebec.ca/en/judgments/details/article/imperial-tobacco-canada-et-al-c-conseil-quebecois-sur-le-tabac-et-la-sante-et-al/cont/News/action/detail/

An English translation of the order of the Court of Appeal can be seen here:

http://courdappelduquebec.ca/fileadmin/Fichiers_client/Jugement/English_translation_of_the_orders.pdf

Imperial Tobacco Canada Ltd. was given bankruptcy protection on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act.  Imperial Tobacco’s strategy is to obtain a sweetheart settlement of all tobacco lawsuits in Canada, and then to carry on business as normal.  The tobacco industry has engaged in decades of wrongful behaviour that has caused disease and death on a massive scale.  Court judgments in Quebec have been highly critical of the tobacco industry and have ordered the companies to pay billions of dollars. Now the companies are trying to avoid paying what they have been ordered to pay. 

In June 2019, the Ontario Superior Court  extended the creditor protection for tobacco companies to October 4, 2019.

 

ASH, CJTF, Quebec coalition, OCAT and PSC have written to provincial Ministers of Health and Attorneys General asking for support to end to creditor protection for tobacco companies.

 

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