Molina, et al. v. Dimon do Brasil Tabacos Ltda, et al.

Plaintiffs, small farmers growing tobacco, brought action against tobacco companies, claiming that the companies had acted in bad faith by providing the plaintiffs misleading information on the plantation systems and failing to provide technical support promised to the plaintiffs. The plaintiffs sought the annulment of the contract with the companies and compensation for economic loss allegedly resulting from the use of toxic products in the plantations. The companies alleged that they had not acted in bad faith, claiming that all the technical support had been provided and that the loss of the plantations was due to climate conditions that were beyond their control. The Court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, finding that the companies had known that the region was not adequate for tobacco plantations, but decided to nevertheless pursue the idea to benefit from the labor of semi-illiterate small farmers who could be paid less than those in other regions. The Court ordered the companies to pay damages and annulled the contract.

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Adão Duarte Molina, et al. v. Dimon do Brasil Tabacos Ltda, et al., CNJ: 0038211-30.2006.8.21.0004, Comarca de Bagé 2ª Vara Civel [2nd Civil Court of the County of Bagé] (2008).

  • Brazil
  • Jul 20, 2008
  • 2nd Civil Court of the County of Bagé (Comarca de Bagé 2ª Vara Civel)

Parties

Plaintiff

  • Adão Duarte Molina
  • Adão Santos da Silva
  • Ademar Duarte Molina
  • Alvacir Tavares
  • António Hindersmann
  • António Perera
  • Aristeu de Oliveira Proença
  • Ataides da Silva
  • Carlinhos de Souza Pereira
  • Carlito Rigol dos Santos
  • Carlos Souza de Souza
  • Celeste Borges
  • Celito dos Santos
  • Claudiomiro Schneider de Aguiar
  • Derli de Oliveira
  • Donaldo Borges da Silva
  • Eder Vanderlei Fernandes
  • Enio Tavares
  • Eugênio Antunes Pens
  • Evaldo Rezena Azevedo
  • Flavio Soares da Rocha
  • Gilberto Mai
  • Gilmar Sebastião Raupp
  • Jandir de Oliveira
  • Jandir Rigo
  • João Carlos Tavares
  • João Maria Batista da Silva
  • João Nadir Duarte
  • Juventino Feliciano da Costa
  • Leandro Antonio Petersen Lutz
  • Luiz Carlos Cortes Domingues
  • Luiz Tavares
  • Manoel Eurico dos Santos
  • Miguel Arcanjo Poloni Peixoto
  • Moacir Neves Antunes
  • Nelson Ferreira de Aguiar
  • Nildo Maron
  • Odair Vanin
  • Orlando Celeste Borges da Silva
  • Otávio Oterno Bischoff
  • Rafael dos Santos
  • Renato Tavares
  • Romeu Borges da Silva
  • Roque Nelci dos Santos Dias
  • Salete Eva de Oliveira Flores
  • Sebastião Valdomiro dos Santos
  • Valdir Borges Fernandes
  • Valdomiro Mai
  • Valmir do Amaral
  • Zairo de Souza Pena

Defendant

  • Afubra - Associação dos Fumicultores do Brasil
  • Dimon do Brasil Tabacos Ltda

Cited Legislation

Consumer Protection Code (Law 8.078/90)

The Federal Constitution of Brazil

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Type of Litigation

Tobacco Control Topics

Substantive Issues

Type of Tobacco Product

None