Foreign Tobacco Cos. Can't Escape $50B Suit In Ontario

Law360, New York (January 6, 2012, 7:44 PM EST) -- An Ontario judge has denied a motion by foreign tobacco companies to dismiss a $50 billion case over health care costs from smoking-related illnesses, ruling that the court has jurisdiction, the province's attorney general announced Friday.

The Ontario attorney general sued 14 tobacco companies in September 2009, seeking CA$50 billion (US$48.7 billion) for past and future health care costs the province says it has incurred to treat smoking-related diseases.

The defendants include Altria Group Inc., Philip Morris USA Inc. and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., which are...
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