The court brought down parts of the statement claim of the Ontario government on its current $50 billion suit against today’s tobacco industry since it may not utilize the statement created in the House of Commons committee in criminal or civil prosecutions.
Ontario has been finding ways to utilize presentations by the tobacco industry in the 60s, 80s, and 90s as false evidence representations on smoking health risks.
The allegations came up in several paragraphs of the comprehensive amendment statement of claim filed this spring from the province several years after its litigation started.
Justice Barbara Conway of the Superior Court sided with arguments placed by the Imperial Tobacco Canada Ltd. to shoot down the paragraphs as a result of protection under the freedom of speech found in the Parliamentary privilege.
In a court ruling on the privilege matter, Conway turned down an argument of Ontario not to bring down the sections since an evident context is needed prior to a decision.