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[$$] British American Tobacco’s Canadian Unit Files for Bankruptcy in U.S.

British American Tobacco PLC put one of Canada’s top cigarette distributors into bankruptcy protection in the U.S. after that subsidiary, sued by Quebec smokers in 1998 for hiding health risks, was ordered to pay 9.2 billion Canadian dollars (US$6.9 billion). Officials who put Imperial Tobacco Canada Ltd. into chapter 15 protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York said the move is meant stop creditors from taking the tobacco held at the company’s Ohio and Montana warehouses while it negotiates a payment plan. Tobacco for its cigarettes, grown in Mexico, is stored in those warehouses as part of its importing process.