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 78 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.
Presentations in the court case came to an end on June 5. All parties will spend the summer months examining the depositions and testimonies, and preparing notes and supporting arguments for their final arguments. Those should begin on September 22 and carry on until late October. The judge will then undertake his deliberations and render judgment.
On May 13th, the Court of Appeal realeased its decision regarding Imperial Tobacco’s access to medical records of class representatives they intended to call as witnesses. The court ruled that Imperial Tobacco may have access to the records of the two representatives class members (i.e: Jean-Yves Blais and Cécilia Létourneau), but not those of any [...]
The class action suit started on March 12th 2012, and celebrated its two year mark last week. Tobacco companies are now busy completing their defense and calling their last witnesses. In order to know who is called to testify, and what else is going on in the proceedings, please refer to the “to attend the [...]