Philip Morris International Inc.'s Canadian Subsidiary, Rothmans, Benson & Hedges Inc., to Appeal Decision in Québec Class Action Tobacco Suits
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 1, 2015--
Rothmans, Benson & Hedges Inc., the Canadian subsidiary of Philip Morris
International Inc. (NYSE/Euronext Paris:PM), will appeal the judgment of
a trial court in Québec that found in favor of plaintiffs in two class
Philip Morris International Inc. is not a party to the cases and is not
liable for any portion of this judgment.
“These two class actions in Canada are outliers and unique to Canada.They were outliers when filed in 1998 and, since then, courts have
consistently rejected these types of class actions.Class actions
are not designed for personal injury cases like these, where each class
member’s experience is unique.Individuals begin smoking for
different reasons, at different points in time, and have different
experiences with smoking,” said Marc Firestone, Senior Vice
President and General Counsel.
“Philip Morris International Inc. and its affiliates have been
involved in tobacco litigation since 1995 and have been overwhelmingly
successful in defending themselves,” said Firestone. “Courts
around the world have concluded that smokers are well aware of the
dangers of smoking and are not entitled to money damages in light of
these well-known dangers.”
The cases are Létourneau v. Imperial Tobacco Canada Limitée, et al. (the
addiction class), and Conseil Québécois sur le Tabac et la
Santé (CQTS) et Blais v. JTI-Macdonald Corp., et al. (the disease
class) before the Superior Court of the District of Montréal, Province
Philip Morris International Inc.
Philip Morris International Inc. (PMI) is the leading international
tobacco company, with six of the world's top 15 international brands,
including Marlboro, the number one cigarette brand worldwide.
PMI's products are sold in more than 180 markets. In 2014, the company
held an estimated 15.6% share of the total international cigarette
market outside of the U.S., or 28.6% excluding the People's Republic of
China and the U.S. For more information, see www.pmi.com.
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