Ontario v. Rothmans Inc.
The government of Ontario brought an action against various tobacco manufacturers seeking recovery of 50 billion dollars in health care costs that had been or would be paid by the government for treatment of its insureds' diseases or risks of diseases related to tobacco use. The claim was brought under the Tobacco Damages and Health Care Costs Recovery Act. The government alleged that the manufacturers had engaged in an intentional scheme of deception, arguing, among other things, that the manufacturers had been aware of the harmful health effects of cigarette smoke and second-hand smoke for several decades but had suppressed evidence revealing these effects and had purposely misled the public about the health risks of cigarette smoke.
This order reviews certain companies challenge to jurisdiction. The court rejects the challenge to jurisdiction and orders costs to be calculated for all the proceedings leading up to this ruling.