Amos Hausner, a lawyer and head of the National Council for the Prevention of Smoking, has applied to file the first-ever class action suit over smoking on behalf of 7,000 customers of the Foccachta restaurant in Jerusalem's Rabbi Akiva Street and owner Shmuel Shmueli for failing to observe no-smoking laws.
A year ago, the restaurant was found liable by a court when a customer went to a small claims court protesting against the restaurant's failure to prevent smoking there. The restaurant, said Hausner, has not changed its policy, thus a class-action suit is in order.
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