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Clalit v. Gehl

Israel’s largest health insurer (Clalit) filed a class action against major tobacco companies for compensation for costs of treatment provided to patients suffering from harms of smoking.  As part of this lawsuit, the court allowed Clalit to file its claims directly against the CEO of Dubek, Israel’s tobacco manufacturer, as one of the defendants.  The court therefore decided that a tobacco executive may be personally liable to smoking damages.