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Israeli health insurer files lawsuit against tobacco companies

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7164.968 (Published 10 October 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:968
  1. Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
  1. Jerusalem

    Israel's largest health insurer has filed a £1.3bn ($2bn) lawsuit in the Jerusalem district court against tobacco companies in the United States, Britain, and Israel as compensation for the cost of treating its members for smoking related diseases.

    The brief, filed by lawyers Amos Hausner and Dr Lipa Meir, was filed against Philip Morris, R J Reynolds Tobacco, Brown and Williamson, British American Tobacco, Liggett and Myers, Lorillard Tobacco, and Israel's own Dubek company. It was not only the largest damage suit ever filed in Israel, but also the first time that a public institution in one country has sued tobacco companies in other countries for health damage caused by its products.

    The health fund, Kupat Holim Clalit, …

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