The Government of Saskatchewan v. Rothmans, et al

The government of Saskatchewan sued a number of tobacco companies seeking to recover the health care costs of treating citizens with tobacco-related disease.  The government alleged that the tobacco companies engaged in a decades-long conspiracy to mislead Saskatchewan about the health risks of smoking and to suppress information about the dangers of smoking. Three of the tobacco companies sought to dismiss the claim, arguing that the court did not have sufficient jurisdiction over them. The court rejected the tobacco companies’ argument and allowed the claim to proceed. The court found that there was enough evidence to show a real and substantial connection between Saskatchewan and the tobacco companies.


Saskatchewan v. Rothmans, 2013 SKQB 357 (2013).

  • Canada
  • Oct 1, 2013
  • Queen's Bench for Saskatchewan


Plaintiff Government of Saskatchewan


  • Altria Group, Inc.
  • B.A.T. Industries P.L.C.
  • British American Tobacco (Invesments) Limited
  • British American Tobacco p.l.c.
  • Candian Tobacco Manufacturers' Council
  • Carreras Rothmans Limited
  • Imperial Tobacco Canada Limited
  • JTI-Macdonald Corp.
  • Philip Morris International, Inc.
  • Philip Morris U.S.A. Inc.
  • R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
  • R.J. Reynolds Tobacco International, Inc.
  • Rothmans Inc.
  • Rothmans, Benson & Hedges Inc.

Legislation Cited

Tobacco Damages and Health Care Costs Recovery Act, 2007

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