The province launched its lawsuit about 10 years ago against 12 Canadian firms and their parent companies to recoup health-care costs related to smoking

An Ontario judge has rejected the provincial government’s request to lift a stay on legal proceedings against three major Canadian tobacco companies.

The Ontario government’s request, if granted, would have allowed its lawsuit to recover smoking-related health costs to push forward.

Ontario Superior Court Justice Thomas McEwen dismissed the government’s request in a one-page ruling released on Friday, with a promise that “reasons will soon follow.”

The province launched its lawsuit roughly a decade ago against a dozen Canadian firms and their parent companies to recoup past and present health-care costs related to smoking.

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Canadian Press – April 27, 2019.

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