Philip Morris USA v. Clalit

Israel’s largest health insurer (Clalit) filed a class action against major tobacco companies for compensations for costs of treatment provided to patients suffering from harms of smoking. Tobacco companies filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit because Clalit claim is general and does not state any specific person and any specific harm.  Court held in favor of Clalit because the claim is for “mass tort” in which it is be impossible to connect each harmed individual to a specific tobacco manufacturer.


Philip Morris USA v. Clalit, 1628/03, Jerusalem District Court (2004)

  • Israel
  • Feb 16, 2004
  • Jerusalem District Court


Plaintiff Clalit Health Services


  • Ascot Ltd.
  • British American Tobacco Company
  • Brown and Williamson Tobacco Corp.
  • Dubek Ltd.
  • Philip Morris International Inc.
  • Philip Morris Products Inc.
  • Philip Morris USA Inc.

Legislation Cited

National Health Insurance Law, 1995

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