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Altria, Tobacco Companies Can Face Trial in Canada, Court Rules 

Jump to full article: Bloomberg News, 2006-09-15
Author: Joe Schneider

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Altria Group Inc.'s Philip Morris International and other tobacco companies with operations outside Canada can be sued by British Columbia as part of its effort to recover money spent treating smoking-related illnesses.

British Columbia's Court of Appeals ruled that Japan Tobacco Inc.'s R.J. Reynolds International, British American Tobacco Plc's British American Tobacco (Investments) Ltd. and B.A.T. Industries Plc cannot avoid a trial in the Canadian province by arguing they didn't have a presence there, Justice Anne Rowles wrote on behalf of a three-judge panel.

``Evidence tendered by B.A.T. Industries Plc and Philip Morris International Inc., to the effect that they have no physical presence in British Columbia and sell no product here, does not rebut the allegations of wrongful conduct,'' Rowles said in a 28-page decision released today.

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Evidence tendered by B.A.T. Industries Plc and Philip Morris International Inc., to the effect that they have no physical presence in British Columbia and sell no product here, does not rebut the allegations of wrongful conduct.
Justice Anne Rowles, writing on behalf of a three-judge panel in the British Columbia Court of Appeals.