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Tobacco recoupment suit loses in France

Declining to follow our bad example: "A French health authority has lost its attempt to sue four tobacco companies for the cost of treating thousands of cancer patients. In the first case of its kind in France, the national health insurance fund (CPAM) in Saint-Nazaire had demanded 18.6m euros from BAT-Rothmans, Philip Morris, JTI-Reynolds and Altadis. The CPAM said it was the amount it had spent treating more than 1,000 people with smoking-related diseases." A court threw out the action as ungrounded in law. "'It is interesting to note that no jurisdiction in Europe has so far allowed this kind of surrogate action against cigarette manufacturers,' said BAT in a statement." ("Health fund loses tobacco fight", BBC, Sept. 29)(see Oct. 7, 1999 (Israel) and Feb. 1-3, 2002 (foreign governments suing in U.S. courts).

[cross-posted from Overlawyered where it ran Oct. 11, 2003]

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Rafael Mangual
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