Imperial Tobacco Canada resumes defence in the Blais and Létourneau class actions hearings

Imperial Tobacco Canada resumes defence in the Blais and Létourneau class 
actions hearings 
MONTREAL, Aug. 19, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - After a two-month summer hiatus, the 
Blais and Létourneau class actions trial against Imperial Tobacco Canada 
Limited and other Canadian tobacco companies resumes today in the Quebec 
Superior Court before Mr. Justice Brian Riordan. This case is the first of 
its kind in Canada and gives Imperial Tobacco Canada and the industry an 
opportunity to present their perspectives on issues which have been reported 
on in the media for many decades. 
"Imperial Tobacco Canada will continue its defence by presenting 
evidence to the court which, to date, has been largely over looked or 
ignored when reporting on the industry in this country," said Tamara 
Gitto, Vice-President, Law and General Counsel for Imperial Tobacco 
Imperial Tobacco Canada looks forward to responding to the allegations and to 
shedding light on the parts of the story that have thus far been left out 
including the important role of the federal government in the Canadian tobacco 
industry, which for decades essentially partnered with the industry on many 
issues central to the case. 
The defence will also focus on the extent and magnitude of the decades-long 
public and government awareness of the health risks associated with smoking. 
"We believe that once we have the opportunity to present our defence a more 
fair and balanced view of the industry will emerge," concluded Ms. Gitto.

Media contact: Imperial Tobacco Canada Sébastien Dolan 514-932-6161 ext: 2222 
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