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    You will find attached a registration form that we would kindly ask you to fill out and return to us.

    Please note that even though the information you have provided us may be useful to the class action, we will not necessarily perform a detailed analysis of each individual case. The return of this registration form does not guarantee you any type of indemnity.

    In fact, it is ultimately up to the Court to decide the cogency of the class action and the modalities of compensation. Furthermore, the definition of the group may be modified during the proceedings, which may result in your exclusion from the group.

    We will try to inform by email the members of the group (for whom we have a contact information) regarding any favorable and final result on the class action. However, we invite you to inform yourselves through our web site and through the newspapers since any favorable decision will be the object of a published notice.

    We thank you for your interest in the class action and invite you to inform us of any changes made to your contact information.

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    Ongoing class actions

    CQTS v. Imperial Tobacco, Rothmans Benson & Hedges and JTI MacDonald

    Tobacco Related Diseases

    This class action seeks to compensate smokers and ex-smokers who have developed a tobacco-related disease due to the wrongdoing of three tobacco companies:

    -Imperial Tobacco

    -Rothmans Benson & Hedges

    -JTI MacDonald

    This action also seeks to compensate the heirs of those smokers and ex-smokers.

    If you have any questions about the tobacco class action, please contact us at tabac@tjl.quebec.

    Latest news

    This class action is ongoing. We are waiting for a decision from the Court of Appeal in 2017 or 2018.

    We do not know yet:

    -If smokers, ex-smokers and their heirs will be compensated.

    -If they are compensated, how much money they will receive and when they will receive it.

    If you are part of this class action but you have not registered yet, it is not too late to register.

    Conditions to be part of this class action

    This class action does not concern every smoker or ex-smoker. It also does not concern every smoker’s heir.

    A. Have you developed a tobacco-related disease?

    You are part of this class action if you meet the following 4 conditions:

    1.You have smoked at least 87,600 cigarettes before November 20th, 1998 – the day this class action was filed with the court.

    2.You have developed one of the following diseases:

    -lung cancer;

    -throat cancer (larynx, oropharynx or hypopharynx), and;


    3.You received the diagnosis for this disease before  March 12th, 2012.

    4.You lived in Quebec at the time of the diagnosis.

    B. Have you lost someone who had a tobacco-related disease?

    You are part of this class action if you respect the following 3 conditions:

    1.The person you have lost respected the 4 conditions listed at paragraph A above.

    2.This person died after November 20th, 1998 – the day this class action was filed with the court.

    3.You are this person’s heir.

    Registration form

    We will keep you informed when there are new developments with the case.

    If you have registered already, you do not need to register again.

    If you have not registered yet, fill in the registration form.

    Summary of the trial

    The tobacco companies have been sentenced by the Superior Court 

    On May 27th, 2015, the court ordered the 3 tobacco companies to pay the tobacco victims over $15 billion.

    The judge found that the 3 tobacco companies did not respect the following legal obligations:

    -Their general obligation not to harm other persons.

    -Their obligation to inform their clients of the risks and dangers of smoking the cigarettes they made.

    -Their obligation not to give false or misleading information about the cigarettes they made.

    The judge also found that the tobacco companies did not respect several of their clients’ fundamental rights:

    -The right to life

    -The right to personal security

    -The right to dignity and inviolability of the person.

    After losing in Superior Court, the tobacco companies decided to take the case to the Court of Appeal.

    We are waiting for the Cour of Appeal’s decision

    The hearing at the Court of Appeal took place in November 2016.

    We are now waiting for the judges to make their decision. This case is important and complicated, so the judges need some time. We might have to wait until 2018.

    If you are registered for the class action, we will send you an email when the judges have made their decision.

    Even if smokers, ex-smokers, and their heirs win at the Court of Appeal, the tobacco companies could go up to the Supreme Court. We too could decide to go to the Supreme Court if we lose. In that case, it may take another few years before this class action is over.

    To learn more

    To learn more about the trial’s major events, you can read the blog Eye on the Trials.

    You can also read what we pleaded at the Court of Appeal (in French only).