News and Updates

 

CROSS-BORDER PRE-JUDGMENT RELIEF

MAY 24, 2020

We have been engaged to draft and file two cross border pre-judgment lien applications in Israel in connection with two different lawsuits pending in foreign (non-Israeli) jurisdictions. To learn more about these types of proceedings, click here

FEDERAL ADMINISTRATION AND TAX LITIGATION

MAY 15, 2020

The firm represents a U.S. taxpayer resident in Israel in a landmark administrative law case against the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Treasury challenging the legality of regulations issued under the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act concerning the so-called Transition Tax (IRC Section 965).  The lawsuit, which is pending in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on Plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment, assets that the IRS failed to comply with the Regulatory Flexibility Act, the Paperwork Reduction Act and the Administrative Procedure Act when the Service proposed the Transition Tax Regulations and adopted the final regulations.  The statutes in question were designed to protect small businesses against burdensome federal regulations.  The litigation was filed to vindicate the rights of small businesses which have been all but ignored by the Treasury Department and the powers that be in Washington, D.C.

HAGUE EVIDENCE CONVENTION

APRIL 30, 2020

We are currently litigating four Hague Evidence Applications in Israel in connection with a lawsuit pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

LITIGATION IN THE SDNY

NOVEMBER 2019

Our firm has been engaged to defend against a breach of patent license lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

VICTORY ON APPEAL

SEPTEMBER 2019

The Appellate Division for the Second Department (New York) granted an appeal filed and argued by Mr. Jeffrey Michels. In his appeal, Mr. Michels succesfully argued that the trial court made serious errors of law concerning the admissability of certain evidence. The Appellate Division granted the appeal and ordered a new trial. For a copy of the opinion, click here

CONGRATULATIONS TO NOAM SCHREIBER

SEPTEMBER 12, 2019

Congratulations to Noam Schreiber for his admission to the New York Bar.

ZELL ARON & CO. ENGAGED TO ASSIST IN CROSS-BORDER DISCOVERY

AUGUST 15, 2019

Our firm has been engaged to assist in cross-border discovery pursuant to the Hague Convention on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters in relation to a case pending in a state court in the United States.

ENFORCEMENT OF FOREIGN JUDGMENT

JULY 1, 2019

Zell Aron & Co. have been engaged to enforce in Israel a multi-million dollar money judgment from a U.S. federal court.

TRIUMPH OVER THE BDS MOVEMENT

APRIL 9, 2019

On January 25, 2019, Zell, Aron & Co. filed a lawsuit against Airbnb challenging Airbnb’s decision to remove listings of accommodations owned by Jews in Judea and Samaria (West Bank) on the grounds that it constitutes an “anti-Jewish Discriminatory Policy” that violates both the federal Fair Housing Act and California law. Harow et al v. Airbnb, Inc., 3:19-cv-00395-JCS. A copy of the complaint is available here. As a result of the lawsuit, Airbnb agreed to reverse its controversial decision to de-list accommodations in Israeli towns and settlements located in Israel administered Judea and Samaria. Under the settlement, Airbnb will allow listings from all such Israeli towns and settlements.


For Airbnb’s official press release regarding the settlement, click here.

FEDERAL SECURITIES LITIGATION

APRIL 9, 2019

The firm was successful in dismissing in its entirety a securities claim against the producer of a foreign feature film co-production in U.S. federal court. Click here for a copy of the decision.

U.S. SPORTS GAMBLING LAW

APRIL 2, 2019

Our firm has been attained to advise a European client on the current state of sports gambling law in the United States following the precedential decision of SCOTUS in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, 138 S.Ct. 1461 (2018), which struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, 28 U.S.C. § 3702, as unconstitutional.

U.S. IMMIGRATION LAW

MARCH 5, 2019

We recently assisted an Israeli corporate client and its principal in applying for an E1 treaty-trader visa to the United States.

ISRAELI NATIONAL LABOR COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF OUR CLIENTS

FEBRUARY 28, 2019

In 2012, several former employees of a start-up company filed a lawsuit in Israel alleging that the company and its founders promised the employees stock. As previously reported, after elongated discovery and a lengthy trial, the court dismissed the plaintiffs' case, adopting our legal argument that promises for stock options must be definitive and detailed, otherwise they are unenforceable. The employee appealed to the National Labor Court, Israel's highest court for labor matters. The court accepted our position and affirmed, thus ending a landmark litigation.

HUMAN RIGHTS LITIGATION

DECEMBER 7, 2018

As previously reported, in October 2018 our firm argued before the D.C. Circuit of Appeals in a case of first impression, concerning the applicability of the Administrative Procedure Act and due process to foreign nationals who claim to have been erroneously on a TSA No-Fly List.  While electing not to raise the issued in SCOTUS, the firm is pursuing the case in federal district court against multiple governmental defendants. Click here for a copy of the decision. We will keep you updated with developments.

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW LITIGATION

DECEMBER 6, 2018

Our litigation team has just put together and filed a petition with the Israeli Court of Administrative Matters pursuant to Israel’s  Freedom of Information Law, on behalf of a U.S. oil exploration corporation.

TRADE SECRET LITIGATION

NOVEMBER 12, 2018

Our firm has been engaged as defense counsel to represent a hi-tech start-up and its founders against a complaint
filed in an Israel district court. The start-up company and the founders are being accused of misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract and fiduciary duties.

INTERNATIONAL LITIGATION

OCTOBER 30, 2018

Our firm represents a foreign hospital in an attempt to collect on an outstanding debt from a former patient. The case involves complex questions of law typical to cross-border litigation, such as personal jurisdiction, forum non conveniens, judicial estoppel and res judicata.

INVESTMENT AND BUSINESS LAW

OCTOBER 16, 2018

Zell, Aron & Co. closed a multi-million dollar investment in a national fast food restaurant chain.

ORAL ARGUMENT IN THE D.C. CIRCUIT OF APPEALS.

OCTOBER 15, 2018

Mr. Zell presented oral argument before the D.C. Circuit of Appeals in a landmark case concerning the applicability of the Administrative Procedure Act and due process to foreign nationals who claim to have been erroneously placed on a TSA No-Fly List.

ENFORCEMENT OF FOREIGN JUDGMENT

JUNE 12, 2018

We have been engaged to assist in the enforcement of a foreign judgment issued in California pursuant to Israel's Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act.

ENTERTAINMENT LAW

MAY 1, 2018

Zell Aron & Co. have been engaged as lead counsel to the upcoming “Soul Doctor“ musical in Israel.

GOVERNMENT GRANTS ALIYA STATUS

APRIL 28, 2018

After years of litigation, the Ministry of Interior finally granted our client and his family Aliya status. The client, although Jewish from birth, was denied aliya by the MoI due to his alleged affiliations with Christianity, a sufficient ground for denying aliya under Israeli immigration law. Only a motion for contempt of court got the MoI to decide on the matter which it finally did in our client's favor.

VICTORY- EMPLOYMENT LAW, STOCK OPTIONS

APRIL 12, 2018

In 2012, five former employees of a hi-tech start-up company filed a law suit in the Tel-Aviv District Court claiming stock/stock options in the company based on alleged promises that were made to them back in 2000/2001. After elongated discovery and a lengthy trial, the court dismissed the plaintiffs' case, adopting our legal argument that promises for stock options must be definitive and detailed, otherwise they are unenforceable.

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT GRANTS OUR MOTION TO DISMISS

FEBRUARY 25, 2018

The United States District Court for the District of Delaware has granted our motion to dismiss a claim against our client for trade secret misappropriation. In its 21-page memorandum, the District Court accepted our argument that the case should be dismissed for forum non conveniens grounds and held that if the plaintiff wishes to pursue its claims, it should bring the case in Israel. Click here for a copy of the decision. 

ISRAEL FATCA LEGISLATION

JANUARY 2, 2018

On August 8, 2016, our firm filed an amended petition to the Israeli Supreme Court sitting as a High Court of Justice against the new FATCA law adopted by the Knesset on 12 July, 2016. In the petition, we challenged the constitutionality of Israel's FATCA law on behalf of Republicans Overseas Israel pursuant to which  Israeli banks are obligated to collect personal banking information of U.S. persons and transfer that information automatically to the IRS via the Israeli Tax Authority. Initially the Court enjoined implementation of the law, but ultimately allowed it to go into effect without explaining why.  On 2 January 2018, after a delay of 16 months, the Israeli High Court of Justice finally issued its full, precedent-setting 41-page decision. While concluding that the law indeed infringes on basic human rights, especially that of privacy, the Court determined that the law passes constitutional muster because of threatened retribution by the United States against Israeli banks, insurance companies and pension funds and a possible cataclysmic impact on the Israeli economy.  Click here for a copy the full decision. 

STUDENT DISCIPLINARY LAW

DECEMBER 27, 2017

In a student disciplinary proceeding in which we represented the student in the initial proceeding and the appeal, the University's appeal board handed down a favorable opinion, reversing the lower panel's sentence.

MARC ZELL SPEAKS AT FICC'S BUSINESS SEMINAR

NOVEMBER 1, 2017

Marc Zell features as guest speaker at Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce's Estonian Delegation Business Seminar. Mr. Zell's presentation focused on the developments of Estonian-Israel business relations and how e-residency has facilitated doing business in the EU.

IMPORTATION LAW

OCTOBER 29, 2017

We have been retained by a Fortune 500 corporation for legal advice in connection with its Israeli activities.

CROSS-BORDER LITIGATION

OCTOBER 30, 2017

Zell Aron & Co. has been retained by a foreign real-estate investment corporation to file an ancillary Israeli proceeding to freeze local assets.

COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT

SEPTEMBER 17, 2017

We have just been retained by a non-profit organization to represent it in a copyright infringement claim.

PHARMACEUTICAL & COMMERCIAL LAW

SEPTEMBER 6, 2017

The Firm has been retained by a prominent medical equipment manufacturer to advise it in the establishment of a North American distribution infrastructure and preparation of relevant documentation, including sub-distribution agreement, private label agreement and related regulatory matters.

INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS

SEPTEMBER 3, 2017

The Firm has prepared a detailed memorandum addressing the eligibility of a non-U.S. citizen non us resident spouse to receive survivor benefits under U.S. Social Security law.

PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL LAW/FEDERAL JURISDICTION

AUGUST 31, 2017

Representing six non-governmental organizations in a BDS (Boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel) lawfare case filed in a federal district court in Washington, D.C., the firm, along with the other defendants in the case achieved a total dismissal of the case, with prejudice, due to the that the federal court lacked subject matter jurisdiction on the grounds of the political question doctrine.

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

AUGUST 20, 2017

In a case of first impression, Zell Aron & Co. has filed an appeal before the Hebrew University Disciplinary Appeal Panel arguing that the provisions in the Student Disciplinary Bylaws utterly fail to meet the standards of the rule of law.

CROSS BORDER INSOLVENCY

AUGUST 15, 2017

The Firm is acting for a debtor in a cross-border insolvency proceeding, raising complicated questions of private international law and the extra-territorial effect of a United States discharge order.

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS PRACTICE

JULY 23, 2017

The Firm has recently upgraded its government relations practice to include assistance to foreign governments, corporations and certain individuals in connection with cutting edge matters around the globe.

INTERNATIONAL GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS

AUGUST 10, 2017

Zell Aron & Co. has recently been retained by a major U.S. defense contractor to represent it before the Ministry of Defense in a post award bid protest.

SUCCESS IN UNIVERSITY DISCIPLINARY ACTION

JULY 22, 2017

After two intense evidentiary hearings, our litigation team has seen the fruits of its labors. In a university disciplinary procedure, we successfully represented a student who was accused of plagiarism and cheating. The superintendent acquitted the student from two out of the three charges and, adopting out position, criticized the university in the way it handled this case and others like it.

NEW CORPORATE CLIENT

JULY 20, 2017

Zell Aron & Co. has been recently retained by one of  the world's largest providers of actuarial and related products and services to perform corporate and intellectual property services in Israel.

ACTION IN US DISTRICT COURT

MAY 18, 2017

Our firm has recently been retained by a tele-medicine start up company to act as defense counsel on its behalf. The company has been sued in the United States District Court, District of Delaware, pursuant to the newly enacted federal law Defend Trade Secret Act. Our litigation team has recently filed its legal brief challenging the jurisdiction of the court and the convenience of the forum.  


IMMIGRATION LAW

JUNE 20, 2017

The Firm successfully represented an applicant for a non-immigrant visa to the United States following an initial rejection by the U.S. Consular officials.

LITIGATION AGAINST MAJOR NEWSPAPER

MAY 1, 2017

Our team has recently filed a complaint against a major Israeli newspaper outlet on behalf of a former service provider, alleging breach of service contract. The complaint was filed in the Magistrate Court in Jerusalem, Israel.

BANK TAKES THE HEAT

APRIL 1, 2017

In the modern age where bank are being viewed more and more as regulators and less as private business, it is all the more important for banks' actions to be held under scrutiny. In a recent case, our litigation team has filed a complaint in the Tel-Aviv Magistrate Court against a major bank in Israel for its behavior towards one of its customers.

CROSS-BORDER LITIGATION

APRIL 4, 2020

Our firm has been engaged to assist in commencing a pre-judgment relief action in Israel in connection with a lawsuit pending in the United States.

 

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