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September 29, 2009
Ontario filed a $50 billion lawsuit today against a group of tobacco companies seeking damages for past and ongoing health care costs linked to tobacco-related illness.
The Tobacco Damages and Health Care Costs Recovery Act, 2009, passed unanimously by the Legislature earlier this year, clarified the rights of the parties involved, and also set the framework for a lawsuit like this.
While the legislation clarifies the process, the government still has to prove its allegations in a court of law.
The province’s claim was issued today. Under Ontario law, companies must now file their intent to defend:
"Ontario is taking the next step towards recovering taxpayer dollars spent fighting tobacco-related illnesses. We are joining British Columbia and New Brunswick in initiating a lawsuit to recover health care costs from tobacco companies."
- Chris Bentley, Attorney General
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