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September 14, 2021

District Court Ruling: Azrieli Foundation Exempt from Paying Taxes on Dividends

An Israeli district court rejected the Israel Tax Authority’s attempt to force the Azrieli Foundation to pay taxes in the amount of tens of millions of shekels for dividends it received and continues to receive due to its holding in Azrieli Group's shares. The court accepted the tax appeal, which was filed by Barnea Jaffa Lande, and ruled that the Azrieli Foundation,  a non-profit organization that works for the public good in Israel, is not the controlling owner of Azrieli Group and is therefore entitled to a tax exemption. The court ruled, among other things, that the ITA’s position could have a chilling effect in relation to business entities’ support of philanthropic associations. Our firm's  Zohar Lande, Eyal Nachshon, Harel Perlmutter, Nir Ziman, and Omer Keydar represented the Azrieli Foundation throughout the proceedings, which lasted about five years.

June 27, 2021

Representation in "Pancake House" Family Business Dispute

A family business dispute between the family members of the founder of the "Pancake House" chain has recently made headlines.  The dispute erupted when one of the founder's sons accused his nephew (the founder's grandson) of violating the chain's trademarks by launching a new Tel Aviv venture called "TLV Pancake House" as a continuation of his grandfather's legacy. Our firm’s Eyal Nachshon and Naama Moshe are representing TLV Pancake House and the founder's grandson in the legal proceedings.

May 27, 2021

Representation in a dispute with a cooperative association

In recent days, the story of an Arab citizen named Samar Graeb has made headlines. About a year ago, he bought a house in the "Hapoalim neighborhood" in Afula and applied to be accepted as a neighborhood resident. The neighborhood committee rejected his request, claiming that it was a neighborhood with a Jewish, Zionist, and secular character.Firm partner Shai Avnieli is representing Mr. Graeb in proceedings before the neighborhood committee and has appealed its decision.Next week, a meeting is expected to convene, during which members will vote on whether to accept or reject the neighborhood committee's decision.

May 18, 2021

Everything You Need to Know When Registering a Patent

Daniel Lorber offers a fascinating interview in Globes’s experts column, in which he explains to entrepreneurs everything they need know about the patent registration process.

July 1, 2020

Lawsuit Filed against Moshe Hogeg Alleges Fraud in Stox Fund Raising

Our firm is representing a Canadian citizen in a NIS 5 million lawsuit against Moshe Hogeg, a well-known Israeli entrepreneur in the crypto field. Our client claims the funds raised by Hogeg’s company Stox were used by the defendants for their own personal purposes, and that the defendants violated their obligations to investors.

April 19, 2020

Habima Theater – the Show Must Go On?

Our Litigation Department is representing  the board of directors and active management of Habima Theater in liquidation proceedings filed by the company's creditors and in legal proceedings directed by the company's temporary trustees.

June 7, 2020

Advising on an Administrative Appeal to Cancel Land Grant

Last April, the Maxima company, controlled by billionaire George Horesh, received a 34-acre plot in Ashdod from the Israel Land Authority, without there being a tender process. Three private landowners holding factories near this area petitioned via our office for the Land Authority's decision to allocate the plot without a tender be cancelled. Zohar Lande, Gal Livshits, Adi Shoham, and Dana Filber represented the clients.

May 20, 2020

Class Action Lawsuits Skyrocket Following Coronavirus Crisis

Adv. Zohar Lande was interviewed by Globes, where he revealed that the number of requests for class action approval coming to our office has increased twofold since the start of the coronavirus crisis. According to Zohar, no action is required by the legislature or the courts in this respect.

January 14, 2020

Seminar on Multi-Jurisdictional Litigation

Our firm hosted today the Israeli Directors' Union for a seminar on multi-jurisdictional litigation. The seminar examined the considerations when a corporate crisis breaks out and a company's board of directors and management are required to build a multi-jurisdictional litigation package. The seminar was held in collaboration with Dechert LLP. Adv. Hadar Israeli lectured on managing a legal crisis when a conflict of interest exists between management and the board.

January 12, 2020

Daphna Klein Interviewed on Financial Radio Program

Daphna Klein was interviewed by the "Tzeva Hakesef" radio program on Kan Reshet Bet following the recent Supreme Court ruling that posting and sharing on social media may be considered an advertisement for the purposes of the defamation law. According to Daphna, this decision has significant weight to a wide swath of the public, who are not necessarily aware of their exposure to being sued in defamation claims (starting min 21.22).

January 2, 2020

NIS 10M Lawsuit against Yaron Roziak and Rabbi David Ifergan

Our firm is representing Kobi Zaid, the founder of Zaid Orniv, in a shareholder dispute and a contract enforcement lawsuit against the businessman Yaron Roziak and Rabbi David Ifergan.

January 1, 2020

Eyal Nachshon and Amichay Tessler Op-Ed: New Supreme Court Ruling Will Allow Businesses to Repel Class Actions

Eyal Nachshon and Amichay Tessler of our Litigation Department published an op-ed in Dun's Calcalist on the new Supreme Court ruling that would-be plaintiffs must approach defendants before filing a class action suit. According to Eyal and Amichay, this ruling is significant news for private businesses seeking to repel class action lawsuits.

December 18, 2019

Coffee and Fair Use: Zohar Lande Lectures at ALAI Israel Conference

Nestlé's lawsuit against Espresso Club continues to arouse great interest in the legal scene, among both law firms and copyright professionals. Today, the Copyright Society of Israel held a workshop on meaningful judicial rulings in 2019. As part of the event, Zohar Lande was invited to speak on “coffee and fair use” and to discuss the implications of the ruling against Nestlé on commercial companies operating in Israel.

December 16, 2019

David Appel's Lawsuit against Michael Cherney and Zeev Rom Dismissed

The Tel Aviv District Court dismissed a NIS 239 million claim filed by David Appel against Michael Cherney and our client Zeev Rom on statute-of-limitation grounds and fined him attorneys' fees. Zeev Rom was represented by Advs. Zohar Lande and Moran Bickel from our Litigation Department.

November 14, 2019

Tel Aviv Court Allows Yehuda Levy to Join Legal Proceedings against Eshkolot

The Tel Aviv Economic Court allowed the actor Yehuda Levy to join Shaham, the largest actors' organization in Israel, and a group of fellow artists in their legal dispute with the management of Eshkolot. Advs. Zohar Lande, Hadar Israeli, Eyal Nachshon, and Michael Dubin are representing Shaham and the artists.

November 13, 2019

Representing License Holders of the Ishai Gas Reservoir

Advs. Zohar Lande and Anat Even-Chen are representing the license holders of the Ishai gas reservoir. This reservoir shares its gas with the Aphrodite field in Cyprus. Our firm is accompanying the license holders in their appeal to the Ministers of Energy, Foreign Affairs, Justice, and Finance to secure their rights further to the agreement signed by the Aphrodite license holders with the Cypriot government.

November 6, 2019

Lawsuit against Liquidating Company of Bank of North America

Our firm is representing private clients in a lawsuit against the liquidating company of the Bank of North America (disbanded in 1985), as well as against the administrator general and official receiver. The lawsuit concerns trust funds deposited in the bank by the deceased father of the family. The clients are represented by Advs. Zohar Lande and Shachar Rothschild of our Litigation Department.

October 28, 2019

Supreme Court Includes Nespresso Case on List of Key 2019 Rulings

The Supreme Court recently published a list of significant rulings handed down in the past year. The Supreme Court's dismissal of Nespresso's lawsuit against our client Espresso Club is included in this prestigious list.

September 10, 2019

Actor Yehuda Levy Joins Legal Proceedings against Eshkolot

Actor Yehuda Levy has joined Shaham, the largest actors' organization in Israel, and a group of fellow artists in their legal dispute with the management of Eshkolot. Advs. Zohar Lande, Hadar Israeli, and Eyal Nachshon are representing Shaham and the artists.

August 15, 2019

Maurice Haliwa Increases Claim against Jacky Ben-Zaken and Avraam Nanikashvili

Our firm continues to represent Maurice Haliwa, a shareholder in Manor A.D. Construction Investments Ltd., in a lawsuit against Jacky Ben-Zaken and Avraam Nanikashvili. Haliwa recently increased the amount of the original lawsuit from NIS 18 million to NIS 100 million. Advs. Zohar Lande and Yatir Madar represent the client.
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