Richard X. v. National Society of Tobacco and Matches

Richard X. died after a long history of lung and tongue cancer caused by smoking. His survivors filed an action seeking damages for failure of the National Society of Tobacco and Matches (SEITA) to warn plaintiff of the dangers of smoking. The court awarded damages for the period 1963 until 1976, when France enacted a law requiring health warnings on tobacco packaging.  The survivors’ appeal seeking additional damages from 1976 to 1999, when Richard X. died, was unsuccessful. Upon further appeal, the Court of Cassation affirmed the decision below.


Richard X, et al. v. National Society of Tobacco and Matches, Case No. 01-17977, Court of Cassation (2003).

  • France
  • Nov 20, 2003
  • Court of Cassation



  • Charlotte Z.
  • Lucette Y.
  • Richard X.
  • Richard-Pierre X.
  • Sebastien X.
  • Widow Y.

Defendant National Society of Tobacco and Matches (SEITA)

Legislation Cited

Civil Code Section 1382

Civil Code Section 1384

Law 76-616 1976-07-09

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