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When an individual or a corporation receives a document subpoena from the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), from a US regulatory authority like the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), or from any other law enforcement agency in the US, it is very important to know what to do next to ensure the first response serves the client’s legal interests and best defense. More importantly, the initial response must not compromise or harm the best possible legal strategy down the road.
The American singer Lizzo succeeded in registering a trademark in the United States on the phrase “100% That B*tch,” taken from her 2017 song. The trademark was granted subsequent to an appeal, and may create uncertainty as to the scope of the protection provided under copyright and trademark laws.
When a company in Israel is struggling with material financial difficulties and piles up debts, it has three main coping mechanisms at its disposal. It is important to understand that filing an application for a court order to open insolvency proceedings is a one-way street. Therefore, you must be thoroughly aware of its implications.
Jurisdiction and arbitration stipulations in contracts have a decisive impact on the forum that will adjudicate a lawsuit. The legal system in Israel tends to honor contract stipulations regarding foreign jurisdiction if they are unique and explicit.
When a performance contractor in a real estate project becomes insolvent, the developer must make decisions and take a series of measures. It’s important to understand the legal implications of such measures and in what instances they could expose the developer to the filing of legal actions by the insolvency trustee appointed to the contractor.
The proposed amendment to the Class Action Regulations contradicts the Courts Regulations (Review of Files). If enacted, any person, in any case and without providing justification, may review the statements of response filed by respondent-companies to the motions to certify class actions filed against them.
Sharing images on Instagram and other social network platforms is such a common practice that we do it without hardly even thinking about it. But we must be aware that sharing a piece of creative content (picture, text, etc.) has implications in terms of copyright laws.
In recent weeks, numerous news articles have reported on the arrests of Israeli citizens resulting from foreign investigations conducted abroad. In one instance, more than 20 employees of a Tel Aviv based company engaging in forex investment marketing were arrested following an FBI investigation.
Motions to certify class actions have long since become one of the most prevalent challenges facing private and public companies providing services to the public. Empirical studies show a gradual and nearly steady rise in the number of motions to certify class actions being filed since the Israeli Class Actions Law was enacted in 2006 and to date. If initially, a few dozen motions were filed annually, today, hundreds and even thousands of such motions are filed each year with the various courts, which imposes a heavy burden on the courts and on the parties being sued.
With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States government enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The volume of assistance, totalling USD 2.8 trillion, provided financial aid to individuals and organizations facing economic hardship and access to loans with convenient terms for the purpose of paying salaries and other specific expenses under a program called the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Many Israeli companies operating in the United States also submitted applications for grants and loans under the PPP. The initiative, while commendable, also opened the door for those seeking to exploit the government assistance to commit fraud and deceit.
By October, companies in the European Union employing at least 50 employees will be required to operate an internal reporting system for reporting misconduct that may indicate compliance violations. Furthermore, all companies in the EU, regardless of size, will be required to ensure the protection of whistleblowers from all types of retaliation. The EU Whistleblower Protection Directive originally came into force in October 2019. It gave EU member states two years to prepare to incorporate the directive into their national legislation. Prior to the enactment of the directive, no uniform binding legislation applied to all EU member states and only 10 member states had enacted national legislation in this regard. The upcoming inception of national whistleblower protection laws throughout the EU will naturally trigger a ripple effect.
The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked extensive economic havoc on the activities of many businesses and households in Israel. According to data from the Commissioner of Insolvency Proceedings, 2020 brought a rise of about 41% in the number of applications to commence insolvency proceedings compared to 2019.
2014 was a good year for the Israeli-Japanese economic relationship. Viber’s USD 900 million acquisition by Japanese giant Rakuten and the R&D cooperation agreement between Japan and Israel marked the beginning of growing interest and a successful relationship between the two distinct countries.
This has opened the door to an era of massive discovery of thousands different kinds of documents of between the parties (Word documents, PDFs, Excel spreadsheets, emails, photos, and audio files), which was uncommon in the days of paper and binders.
Adv. Eyal Nachshon, a partner in the Litigation Department who often represents defendant companies in class action lawsuits, presents in this short video the conditions for filing a class action lawsuit, the matters for which a suit can be filed, and how a defendant company should formulate a defense.
After the coronavirus crisis passes, numerous legal disputes are likely to arise, since many companies will fail to meet their contractual-business obligations. It is recommended for each company to prepare also for the legal disputes in which it can expect to find itself.
Recently, United States federal courts have been more frequently approving the extra-territorial collection of testimony for use in criminal trials to be held in the United States. While the collection of such testimony for civil proceedings held in US courts is already commonplace, until now it has been a very rare occurrence in criminal proceedings.
Hoskins, a British national and former executive of Alstom SA, a French company was convicted by an American federal court of violating the Anti-Corruption and Bribery Law. This is an important red flag for any person or company conducting activity in the United States.
More and more people have begun filing claims on the grounds of violations of the “Spam Law.” Israeli courts, for their part, are conveying an encouraging message to consumers in their latest rulings: they are awarding significant compensation and are certifying class actions against advertising companies and also against officers.
It is not common knowledge that officers of companies who customarily disseminate advertising messages in a manner that constitutes a violation of the Israeli Anti-Spam Law are personally exposed to lawsuits, even to class actions at millions of shekels.
The Israeli Class Action Law came into force in 2006, and formally regulates the proceedings applying to class actions in Israel. This type of action was available in Israel before 2006, but was much less developed. Since the advent of the Law, class actions have become a favored path of pursuing litigation where the damage caused to a single plaintiff is not significant and would usually not result in a claim against the party which caused the damage. The majority of class actions filed in Israel are consumer claims against corporate entities.