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Dubek v. Maccabi

This is an appeal to the Supreme Court in two suits by healthcare providers against major tobacco companies for compensation for costs of treatment harms of smoking.  In one case (Macabbi) the District Court dismissed the suit and in the other (Clalit) the Court denied a motion to dismiss.  The Supreme Court held that both cases should be dismissed due to lack of any liability or duty of care owed by the tobacco companies to healthcare providers.  According to the decision, any suit must be filed against specific tobacco company, must name an individual that was harmed by smoking, and must state a specific harm.