Tobacco lawsuit gains followers

Every time there is an important development in the $30 billion against Canada’s major companies.

In the last week the Curt Appeal ruled the federal government that is released from liability if the tobacco companies lose the combined class action suits field against them.

We always we get registrations that are published in the media, a spokeswoman for the Quebec Council on Health and Tobacco.

About 8,000 of an estimated 2 millions of potential benefactors had been registered. Boivin mentioned that eligible claimants shouldn’t be registered before the procedure is concluded and the process is expected.

By early registration, claimants will keep the development in the case and lawyers can garner helpful information.

Back in 1998, Cecilia Letourneau filed a class action on behalf on Quebecers dependent of cigarettes nicotine manufactured by Imperial Tobacco, Rothmans, Benson & Hedges and JTI  Macdonald.

Lawyers are claiming $10,000 for each member of this group, potentially 1.8 million people. This includes $5,000 for non-pecuniary damages related to their dependence, and another $5,000 for each member for breach of their rights under the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms, and for ignoring certain provisions of the Consumer Protection Act.

Two months later, the Quebec Council on Tobacco and Health and Jean-Yves Blais (who has since died) filed a similar motion, this one on behalf of the estimated 90,000 Quebecers who suffer or have suffered from lung, larynx or throat cancer or emphysema.

For to be eligible for the nicotine group, the person would like to be dependent on cigarettes manufacture by one of three companies that are legal.

To be eligible for cancer group, well known as CQTS group, a person must have resided in Quebec and been victim of lung, throat cancer have suffered emphysema since 1998 after inhale of electronic cigs.

The person must have smoked at least 15 cigarettes per day, for at least five years. The heirs of deceased persons who meet the criteria are also eligible.

We are very confident for good judgment, affirmed Trudel, a partner in law company “Trudel & Johnson Trudel”.

But smokers shouldn’t count on pocketing the amounts claimed in these suits, he warned. The judge will decide how much in damages claimants will be awarded, and legal fees will be deducted from that award.

Quebec was the first Canadian province to introduce class actions. These actions allow an individual plaintiff to file a lawsuit on behalf of a class of persons who are in a similar situation.

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