(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The Tel Aviv District Court ruled Sunday to reject a request by Channel 10 to
dismiss a NIS 4 million libel suit brought against the company by businessman
Boublil and his two companies brought the suit against
Channel 10 last November, claiming that a promotional trailer for the news show
The Source had defamed them.
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According to Boublil’s lawsuit, the trailer
asked: “Moshe Boublil made millions from gambling – but was that money made at
the expense of the state?” – a reference to a NIS 67 million government grant
Boublil received to build Club Hotel Eilat.
Boublil said the statements
made in the trailer were baseless. Lawyers for Boublil and the Club Hotel group
said the show’s producers had chosen to ignore facts presented to them and had
aired a biased trailer defaming Boublil and his companies.
In an attempt
to have the suit dismissed, Channel 10 claimed Boublil was suing for “strategic
reasons” and slammed the amount of damages sought as “absurd.”
also argued for the removal of the Club Hotel companies from the suit on the
grounds that their names were not explicitly mentioned in the trailer.
refusing Channel 10’s request to dismiss Boublil’s lawsuit, Judge Yehudit Shevah
ruled that Boublil’s suit was “not in any way trivial” and that she did not
accept Channel 10’s claim that the businessman had filed the suit for strategic
Shevach also dismissed Channel 10’s claim that the trailer only
referred to Boublil and not to the Club Hotel group.
Channel 10’s request, the court also ruled that Channel 10 pay Club Hotel’s
court expenses of NIS 7,500.