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Continuation of closing arguments

20 October 2014

Closing arguments – which began on September 22 – continued at the Palais de justice de Montréal. From September 22 and 30, the court heard closing arguments from lawyers for members of the two groups of plaintiffs. On October 8 and 9, closing arguments were presented by lawyers for Rothmans, Benson & Hedges.
JTI-Macdonald is expected to present its closing arguments on October 20, 21, 23, and possibly October 24. Imperial Tobacco is expected to follow with its closing arguments on November  12, 13, 14 and 17. Lawyers for plaintiffs in the “CQTS / Jean-Yves Blais” and “Cécilia Létourneau” class actions will then deliver their final response from December 1 to 4, 2014.
The proceedings, which are open to the public, take place from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Superior Court of Québec, located at 1 rue Notre-Dame Est, Montréal, room 17.09.

The final chapter in an historic trial

17 September 2014

On March 12, 2012, a class action lawsuit was launched by some 162,000 victims of tobacco suffering from lung or throat cancer or emphysema. Some 76 witnesses have since taken the stand, and more than 30,000 documents have been tabled as evidence. After 16 long years of legal procedures and obstacles, the final arguments in this class action suit will be heard on September 22, 2014, starting with the prosecution arguments and followed by the defence arguments in October and November. The proceedings, which are open to the public, will take place Monday to Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Superior Court of Québec, located at 1 rue Notre-Dame Est, Montréal, room 17.09.  

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