Canada Not Liable For Tobacco Claims: High Court

Law360, New York (July 29, 2011, 3:28 PM EDT) -- Canada's Supreme Court ruled Friday that the Canadian government does not share liability with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and other tobacco giants for health claims, including British Columbia's suit seeking to recoup the medical costs of treating smokers.

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of Canada rejected the tobacco companies' arguments that Canada was liable for the health claims because it had misled consumers about low-tar cigarettes and instructed the industry on its warning labels and licensed its low-tar tobacco.

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