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March 12, 2012 It has taken 13 years, but the first class-action trial against Canada’s tobacco titans will finally get under way Monday with about 2 million Quebecers claiming an unprecedented $27 billion in damages they suffered after taking up smoking. It is considered the biggest lawsuit ever to make it to trial in Canada. An army of lawyers and experts, with an arsenal of millions of pages of documents – including internal top-secret industry papers – will settle into a room in Quebec Superior Court in a case in which the plaintiffs’ evidence alone is expected to take a year to present. Defendants JTI-Macdonald Corp., Imperial Tobacco Canada Ltd. and Rothmans, Benson & Hedges Inc. – Canada’s three largest tobacco companies – are to present their evidence beginning in February.
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