Two class actions against tobacco industry get the go-aheadBMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7490.499-a (Published 03 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:499
- David Spurgeon
Canada's three main tobacco companies will be forced to defend the safety of their products in a class action lawsuit that could be worth more than $C15bn (£6.3bn; £12.1bn; €9.2bn) in claims, as a result of the peculiarity of a Quebec law.
In a landmark decision Mr Justice Pierre Jasmin has “certified” two class action lawsuits against JTI-Macdonald; Rothmans, Benson & Hedges; and Imperial Tobacco, meaning that, under Quebec law, no appeal is possible and the case must go to trial.
Bruce Johnston, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said, “It is hard to emphasise how significant this decision is.” …