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Jerusalem court dismisses $2.2bn lawsuit against tobacco companies

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d4542 (Published 18 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4542
  1. Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
  1. 1Jerusalem

An Israeli Supreme Court panel of three judges threw out a lawsuit worth $2.2bn (£1.4bn; €1.6bn) on 13 July brought by Israel’s largest public health maintenance organisation against Israeli, British, and US tobacco conglomerates for treating its members with smoking relating illnesses.

Clalit Health Services, which has some 3.5 million members, filed the claim in 1998, at the time …

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