December 23, 1999
Ronald McIntyre dies at the age of 63 from lung cancer.
Ronald McIntyre's widow, Maureen McIntyre, enters into a contingency
arrangement with Doug Lennox of Rochon Genova. Since contingency fees are
not provided for under Ontario law, approval of this arrangement is sought
from the courts.
Maureen McIntyre intends this case:
(a) To educate the Canadian public, and
especially children, about tobacco industry misconduct;
(b) To punish the tobacco industry for their
decades of disinformation about the risks of smoking, and about the
addictiveness of nicotine;
(c) To force the tobacco industry to reform
itself, to be honest with consumers, and to work to develop a safer
(d) To prevent the tragedy which happened to my
family from being repeated for other Canadian
March 1, 2001
The Ontario Superior Court (Judge Wilson) approves the contingency fee
arrangement made between Maureen McIntyre and her counsel.
The Ontario government appeals this decision, and
Imperial Tobacco seeks leave to be an intervenor. This request is
denied in July 2001
The Court of Appeal rules in September 2002 against
thee Wilson judgment, but does not entirely rule out contingency fees.
No action is believed to have been taken in this case after Doug Lennox left
the Rochon Genova law firm.