Osler Defends Largest Canadian Tobacco Company

March 2012

Deborah Glendinning, Partner in Osler’s Toronto office and National Litigation Department Chair and Suzanne Côté, Partner and Head of Osler’s Montreal office litigation practice lead a multi-jurisdictional and multi-disciplinary class actions defence team representing the largest of Canada’s three tobacco companies in a landmark $27-billion class-action lawsuit. At issue is whether tobacco companies should be held responsible for the personal smoking decisions made by smokers, who were well-informed of those risks.

Please see below for media coverage of this historic trial:

05.2012 - Canada's Tobacco War

03.16.2012 – Dozens of lawyers busy in tobacco suit

03.14.2012 – Imperial Tobacco had no credibility with public

03.14.2012 – Un témoin soutient que les fumeurs connaissaient les risques du tabac

03.12.2012 – Big tobacco heads to court; up to $27B at stake

03.12.2012 – Les fumeurs doivent assumer leur choix, plaide la défense

03.12.2012 – Recours collectif de 27 milliards de dollars contre les cigarettiers

03.12.2012 – Tabac: un procès historique de 27G$ s’ouvre à Montréal

03.12.2012 – Tobacco companies tell historic trial: Smokers have only themselves to blame

03.12.2012 – Tobacco firms play along with government rules, court hears in landmark class-action

03.12.2012 – Quebec smokes, tobacco firms face off in $27B lawsuit

12.2011 - Ready for Battle