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Feb 05, 2012

Supreme Court Denies Clalit Health Services’ Petition for Additional Hearing of the Decision Dismissing the NIS 7.6 Billion Claim Filed Against British American Tobacco

Subsequent to the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision which in effect dismissed in liminie a reimbursement claim filed by Clalit Health Services against various entities of the British American Tobacco group and others for costs they incurred for providing medical treatment to members of Clalit that suffered from various illnesses as a result of smoking cigarettes, in August 2011, Clalit filed a petition for an additional hearing with the Supreme Court. British American Tobacco and the other respondents objected to this petition in written responses that were filed in November 2011.

On 26 January 2012, Judge Rivlin, the Deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, denied Clalit’s petition, thereby finally ending the claim.

The claim, filed in 1998, sought damages in excess of NIS 7.6 billion, which at the time, was the largest monetary claim ever to be filed in Israel and was based on statistical data without providing details with respect to any individual smokers.

British American Tobacco was represented in these proceedings by Adv. Tuvia Erlich, Adv. David Zailer and Adv. Odelia Offer, partners in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution department as well as associates Adv. Ruth Bergwerk and Adv. Ifat Pagis-Gelman.