Statement From Attorney General On Ontario's Tobacco Litigation
Ontario has achieved another milestone in its efforts to recover past and ongoing health-care costs borne by Ontario taxpayers due to tobacco-related illness.
Back in January, the Superior Court of Justice rejected an application by a group of seven foreign tobacco companies looking to have Ontario's $50-billion lawsuit against them dismissed on the basis that the Court had no jurisdiction over them.
On April 3, 2012, the Court ordered the companies to pay the costs incurred by the Province to defend the application, in the amount of more than $577,000, to be paid within 30 days.
In this time of fiscal restraint, when we as a government are forced to closely examine all our spending, I am pleased we are able to recover these funds.
We will continue to vigorously pursue this litigation on behalf of all Ontarians.