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July 06, 2015 4:31 AM ET


Company Overview of Rothmans, Benson & Hedges Inc.

Company Overview

Rothmans, Benson & Hedges, Inc., a tobacco company, manufactures and sells cigarettes and fine cut tobacco in Canada. The company also distributes pipe tobacco and mini cigar products. Rothmans, Benson & Hedges, Inc. was formerly known as Rock City Tobacco Company. The company was founded in 1899 and is based in Toronto, Canada. Rothmans, Benson & Hedges, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Philip Morris International, Inc.

1500 Don Mills Road

Toronto, ON M3B 3L1


Founded in 1899





Key Executives for Rothmans, Benson & Hedges Inc.

Chief Executive Officer, President, and Director
Age: 70
Director of Finance and Board of Director
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

Rothmans, Benson & Hedges Inc. Key Developments

Imperial Tobacco, Rothmans Benson & Hedges and JTI-Macdonald to Pay $15 Billion in Damages

Three tobacco companies have been ordered to pay $15 billion in damages after losing a class-action lawsuit. Judge Brian Riorda on June 1, 2015 ruled in favour of two groups representing Quebec smokers, ordering Imperial Tobacco, Rothmans Benson & Hedges and JTI-MacDonald to pay for punitive and moral damages. The legal proceedings began in March 2012, 13 years after the lawsuit was initiated by the two groups comprising about one million people. The lawsuit was seeking $27 billion in damages. One group involves individuals who have become seriously ill from smoking, and members of the other group say they are unable to quit smoking. The groups alleged the companies: ailed to properly warn their customers about the dangers of smoking; Underestimated evidence relating to the harmful effects of tobacco; Engaged in unscrupulous marketing; Destroyed documents. The plaintiffs with cancer who began smoking before January 1976 will get $100,000 each. Those who first lit up after that date are entitled to $90,000. The Court orders the provisional execution of the judgment notwithstanding appeal with respect to the initial deposit of $1 billion of moral damages, plus all punitive damages awarded.

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