In re Tobacco/Government Health Care Costs Litigation (Guatemala v. The Tobacco Institute)

Guatemala sued nine individual tobacco companies and the tobacco industry's public relations and research organizations.  Guatemala claims that it failed to adequately regulate the use of tobacco products by its citizens because of misrepresentations regarding the health impacts of tobacco, as well as anticompetitive behavior.  Guatemala seeks to recover the health care costs it incurred in treating its citizens' smoking-related illnesses. The Court dismisses Guatemala's claims because the alleged injury is too remote and completely derivative of the injuries suffered by individual Guatemalan smokers.


Guatemala v. The Tobacco Institute, Inc., et al., 83 F.Supp.2d 125, United States District Court, District of Columbia (1999)

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


Plaintiff Guatemala


  • BAT Industries, PLC
  • British-American Tobacco Co., Ltd./Batus Holdings, Inc.
  • Brown and Williamson Tobacco Corporation
  • Liggett Group, Inc.
  • Phillip Morris Companies, Inc.
  • The Tobacco Institute, Inc.
  • Tobacco Research USA

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