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Attorney General of Canada v. Imperial Tobacco Ltd. et al.

This class action suit was brought by 1.8 million people in Quebec against three major tobacco manufacturers.  The tobacco companies claimed that if they were found liable for personal injury, then the government should share financial responsibility as well, because tobacco products are government regulated products.  The Supreme Court of Canada rejected this argument in July 2011 in a separate, but similar, case.   In this decision, the Quebec Court of Appeal also rejected the tobacco manufacturers’ arguments and reversed the lower court ruling.  The Court of Appeal granted a motion to dismiss by the government, and prohibited the amendment of the complaint to include the Canadian government as a potential defendant.