Guatemala v. The Tobacco Institute

Guatemala sued the tobacco industry for damages related to the cost of providing medical care for its citizens due to smoking-related illnesses. Guatemala claimed that it failed to adequately regulate the use of tobacco by its citizens because of the tobacco industry’s misrepresentations and anticompetitive behavior regarding the health impacts of tobacco. The court dismissed Guatemala’s case because any injury to Guatemala was too remote to have been directly caused by the tobacco industry. Instead, individual Guatemalan citizens could sue the tobacco industry because of their direct injuries caused by smoking. 


In re Tobacco/Governmental Health Care Costs Litigation (Republic of Guatemala v. The Tobacco Institute, Inc. et al), 83 F.Supp.2d 125 (D.C. Cir., 1999).

  • United States
  • Dec 30, 1999
  • US District Court, District of Columbia


Plaintiff The Republic of Guatemala


  • BAT Industries, PLC
  • British American Tobacco Co. Ltd./Batus Holdings, Inc.
  • Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp.
  • Council for Tobacco Research-USA, Inc.
  • Liggett Group, Inc.
  • Philip Morris Inc.
  • The Tobacco Institute, Inc.

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