Imperial Tobacco Canada resumes defence in the Blais and Létourneau class
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.
SOURCE IMPERIAL TOBACCO CANADA
Media contact: Imperial Tobacco Canada Sébastien Dolan 514-932-6161 ext: 2222
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