Trial underway in landmark $27 billion Canadian tobacco class action lawsuit

Plaintiffs claim three companies failed to warn consumers of cigarette dangers

A historically significant trial is underway this morning in Montreal.

In 1998, a group of plaintiffs filed two separate class action lawsuits against three major Canadian tobacco companies—Imperial Tobacco Group, JTI-Macdonald Corp. and Rothmans Benson & Hedges Inc.—claiming they failed to warn consumers about the dangers of smoking cigarettes. The Quebec Superior Court, which consolidated the cases in 2005, is hearing arguments today after years of motions, delays and appeals.

Ashley Post

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