Ragoonanan v. Imperial Tobacco Limited

Family members whose relatives died in a house fire allegedly caused by a cigarette sued the tobacco company claiming that the company’s cigarettes were defective because they were not “fire safe”. The plaintiffs sought class action status on behalf of other Canadians who were injured or suffered a loss as a result of a cigarette fire that occurred after October 1, 1987. In this decision, the court ruled that a class action was not appropriate because the class could not be sufficiently identified, a class action was not the preferable procedure, and that the proposed litigation plan for determining individual claims would not provide the tobacco company with sufficient input or procedural safeguards.


Raoonan v. Imperial Tobacco Canada Ltd., 78 O.R. (3d) 98 (2005).

  • Canada
  • Oct 31, 2005
  • Ontario Superior Court of Justice



  • Jasmine Ragoonanan and Philip Ragoonanan, by their Estate Representative Davina Ragoonanan
  • Ranuka Baboolal, by her Estate Representative Vashti Baboolal

Defendant Imperial Tobacco Canada Limited

Third Party

  • Davina Ragoonanan
  • Ronald Balkarran

Legislation Cited

Class Proceedings Act, 1992

Negligence Act

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Tobacco Control Topics

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