McIntyre v. Imperial
Tobacco Company Ltd.


December 23, 1999

Ronald McIntyre dies at the age of 63 from lung cancer.

1999-2000
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 product; and

(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.

 

 


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