Ontario Sues Tobacco Giants For $46B In Health Costs

Law360, New York (September 29, 2009, 6:17 PM EDT) -- Taking advantage of recent provincial tobacco legislation, the Canadian province of Ontario on Tuesday sued a slew of multinational tobacco companies to recover CA$50 billion ($46 billion) for past and future health care costs it says it has incurred treating smoking-related diseases.

In a statement of claim filed in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the province claimed Altria Group Inc., Philip Morris USA Inc., R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Imperial Tobacco Canada Ltd., British American Tobacco plc, Rothmans Inc., their various affiliates and others should reimburse...
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