Jun 01, 2015
By Michael Kramer
In a landmark case, a judge has awarded $15 billion to Quebec smokers – in a battle against three Canadian tobacco giants.
Justice Brian Riordan’s decision was made public today – after nearly three years of testimony and six months of deliberations.
Among the plaintiffs were just over one million Quebecers – who argued that the companies were liable because they knew they were putting out a harmful product – and hid the health effects of tobacco.
The class-action suit involved two separate groups of plaintiffs.
Some of them became seriously ill from smoking – and others said they couldn’t quit.
Two of those big tobacco firms : JTI-Macdonald and Imperial Tobacco – have already reacted, and say they’ll appeal the decision.
The industry argued that people knew about the risks of smoking -and that the products were sold legally and with federal government approval.