Dispute resolution: class actions in Israel

Agmon & Co. Rosenberg Hacohen & Co.

Agmon & Co. Rosenberg Hacohen & Co. is involved in a range of class action litigation covering securities, antitrust, environmental damages and consumer protection. Of particular note, Zvi Agmon represents Noble Energy Mediterranean in a class action concerning the price of natural gas in Israel; this is potentially the largest class action ever filed in Israel. Agmon also represented Midroog in a securities class action regarding its rating of bonds by Israel Petrochemical Industries; this was among the first cases that questioned a credit agency's responsibility to the general public. Uri Sorek is representing Israel Chemicals in an environmental class action involving its operation in the Haifa Bay, and Yoav Hirsh, who has expertise in defending banks in class action suits, is engaged by Bank Hapoalim, Bank Leumi and Union Bank. Additionally, the team has notable strength in antitrust litigation, where it acts for clients such as Hitachi and LG Electronics in relation to follow-on class action claims. Other key clients include 012 Smile Telecom, Isracard and Sha'are Zedek Medical Center, all of which the team has represented in high-value consumer class actions.

Erdinast, Ben Nathan, Toledano & Co.

Erdinast, Ben Nathan, Toledano & Co. combines 'tonnes of experience and extensive market knowledge' in representing major Israeli corporates and domestic subsidiaries of international companies in complex and high-volume class action litigation. 'A formidable litigator', department head Giora Erdinast represented Apex Issuances in a class action filed against it concerning its role as underwriter for a Canadian company's IPO. In addition, Erdinast acted for PwC Israel in relation to a securities class action filed against Clal Biotechnology Industries. Also of note, Ran Sprinzak and Hadas Bekel represented a cooperative society in a class action alleging discrimination of minority right holders; in a standout decision, the team managed to have the claim dismissed by the same judge who originally approved the class action. In the consumer protection space, the department handles a slew of class actions for clients including yes, Sonol Israel, Bezeq and Mey Eden Bar - First Class Service.

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co is rated by international players, particularly for its expertise in securities and antitrust class actions. The department is jointly headed by Orit Malka and Gil Orion, 'a true expert in class action litigation'. Orion represented Tower Semiconductors and the company's officers and directors in a NIS338m securities class action, which raised fundamental questions over class actions brought against companies listed simultaneously in Israel and the US. In addition, Orion and Ronald Lehmann are acting for Perrigo Company in relation to a NIS2.1bn securities class action. The team is also representing ABB and ABB Technologies in a major antitrust follow-on class action. Malka is acting for Thrifty Rent a Car System and Ford Motor Company in relation to consumer class actions, and Shai Zadik is representing Sonol Israel in a class action brought against 11 companies operating in Haifa Bay alleging severe public harm as a result of air pollution.

Goldfarb Seligman & Co.

Goldfarb Seligman & Co. is known for representing clients in the financial services and energy sectors in class actions involving consumer protection, securities, environmental claims and fiduciary duties. Hagit BlaibergYehuda Rosenthal and Aaron Michaeli represented S. Shlomo Vehicle and Domicar in a class action that presented substantial financial consequences, but also raised issues concerning the very medium of class actions in Israel. Further, the team is acting for the directors of Ampal-American Israel in relation to a class action demanding the payment of an outstanding NIS2bn bond debt, and is also representing Delek Drilling Limited Partnership in a class action arising from its merger with Avner Oil Exploration. Other clients include Mifal Hapais - Israel National Lottery and Shufersal.

Gornitzky & Co.

Gornitzky & Co. is especially noted for handling class actions in the insurance sector and is rated for its ability to 'clearly and thoroughly explain the process and case strategy to its clients'. The litigation team has particular expertise in insurance products and charging practices. Pinhas Rubin and Harel Shaham is representing Menora Mivtachim, Migdal Insurance, Harel Insurance and Clal Insurance in over a dozen claims concerning various pension funds and employee insurance; in particular, the team is acting for the companies in a class action concerning its collection of direct expenses from insured members. Additionally, Shaham and Ofer Tzur are representing an international real estate company in a class action alleging that the consideration paid to shareholders of the company in a tender offer was below market value, and Noam Ronen is involved in consumer class actions for clients including Dan Company for Public Transportation.

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Herzog Fox & Neeman has experience representing large international corporates - tech companies in particular - in high-profile consumer class actions and data- and privacy-related class actions. By some clients' reckoning, the team provides international clients with 'the same level of service one might expect from a US firm'. Department head Yaacov Sharvit represents Facebook in a range of class actions, primarily with regard to privacy and users' data, and recently has been representing the client in a class action arising out of the Cambridge Analytica revelations. Also recommended is Joseph Ashkenazi, 'a gifted litigator', who acted for VeriFone Systems in a NIS2.1bn class action concerning the company's financial reporting; this matter involves determinations of the applicable law for dual-listed companies facing class actions in Israel and in the US. Further, David Zailer was involved in consumer class actions for clients including Hyundai CNF and PayPal, and the team is also representing Royal Philips Electronics and DAF Trucks in class actions arising out of a European antitrust ruling.

Meitar | Law Offices

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices is among Israel's best-known firms internationally, and is among the market's top litigation firms. As such, the team represents a host of leading international corporates, including tech and pharmaceutical companies, in complex securities class actions, follow-on antitrust claims, data and privacy class actions, and consumer protection claims.  Adv Israel Leshem and Ali Bursztyn are representing EY in a NIS686m class action filed against it and Perrigo concerning certain items on Perrigo's financial statements. Leshem is also representing Mylan in an Israeli class action filed alongside a class action in the US concerning an alleged breach of US and Israeli securities law. Adv Ron Peleg is singled out for his experience advising pharmaceuticals companies in consumer class actions and does work for, among others, Bayer Israel and Perrigo Israel Agencies. Peleg also handles consumer class actions for Expedia, Hotels.com and Volkswagen Group. Further, Adv Yoav Oestreicher is representing Facebook Ireland and LinkedIn Corporation in privacy class actions, and Adv Nadav Weisman and Adv Adi Fremder represent clients including Siemens in antitrust-related class actions.

S. Horowitz & Co

The dispute resolution department at S. Horowitz & Co regularly handles consumer class actions and follow-on antitrust claims, but also has experience with complex securities and environmental class actions. Ehud Arzi and Gitit Levin Grinberg are representing Google in a class action alleging that the company allows minors to purchase apps and games on its platform using the credit cards of adult relatives. Additionally, Yehoshua Horesh and Uriel Prinz are representing Israel Electric Corporation in a series of three class actions alleging that the client systematically overcharged consumers for the provision of electricity; taken together in monetary terms, these claims are among the very largest class actions ever filed in Israel. Also of note, Prinz and Hagai Doron are defending British Airways is a class action filed by the Consumers' Movement for the Promotion of a Fair Society and Economy involving allegations of excessive pricing. Further, department head Alex Hertman is acting for AIG Europe, as a third party, in relation to a securities class action filed against Urbancorp by its bondholders regarding certain statements on its financial reports.

Tadmor Levy & Co.

The litigation group at Tadmor Levy & Co. is recognised for its expertise across a range of disputes, and has particular experience with class actions involving banking and insurance products, and follow-on antitrust claims. In the financial services sector, department head Yechiel Kasher represented Bank Leumi in an objection to a class action alleging that the bank failed to fulfill its duties toward clients holding dormant accounts. The team also represented Bank Hapoalim in a NIS370m class action regarding consultation provided by the bank in relation to exchange-traded notes. Additionally, Kasher is representing eBay and PayPal in separate class actions involving foreign currency conversion fees. The team also defends Leumi Card in a litany of class actions concerning restrictive practices and currency conversion fees, among other issues. Also recommended is Shai Bakal, who has been involved in antitrust class actions for Nespresso Israel and Daimler.

Yigal Arnon & Co

Yigal Arnon & Co handles a range of consumer, securities, and data and privacy class actions for international tech and retail companies, and many of the largest players in Israel's financial services sector, including banks, investment houses and insurance companies. Of particular note, Barak Tal and Ruth Loven represent Google and its subsidiaries in a multitude of class actions concerning data protection. The team is often instructed by companies' directors and board members, and recently represented the board of IDB Development Corporation and the directors of Africa Israel Group in separate securities class actions. Tal and Loven have also handled securities class actions for major investment houses, including Altshuler Shaham, and Tal and Nir Rosner are representing Deloitte Brightman Almagor Zohar in a class action concerning an accountant's obligation to a company's bondholders in the preparation of the company's financial reports. In addition, a team including Dror Varsano has advised Unilever and its subsidiaries on a wide range of consumer class actions. The department also handles antitrust follow-on class actions.

Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co. Advocates and Notary

Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co. Advocates and Notary has been involved in high-value and high-profile class actions covering issues such as tax, environmental claims, consumer protection, and claims in the banking sector. The practice was strengthened in 2018 by the arrival of Sharon Lubezky-Hess, who has particular expertise in financial services litigation and joined the team from Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co.. Lubezky-Hess is acting for Bank Leumi, Union Bank of Israel and Bank Mizrahi-Tefahot in relation to class actions totalling NIS14.8bn brought against nine Israeli banks and credit card companies regarding exchange rate differentials commission that was allegedly collected by the defendants without the knowledge of their customers. Another key figure is Arie Neiger, who is representing Hadera Paper in a class action regarding contaminated waters adjacent to one of the client's manufacturing plants. The litigation department is headed by Doron Levy, who is representing the plaintiffs in a motion to approve an administrative class action against the State of Israel for the unlawful collection of VAT from drivers on the Trans-Israel Highway.

Berkman & Co

Following an amicable three-way split with his partners, Ron Berkman now runs litigation boutique Berkman & Co, which focuses on high-value and complex derivative claims, financial litigation and cross-border disputes, and also handles class actions for high-profile Israeli corporates and domestic subsidiaries of multinationals. In one matter, Berkman is representing Deloitte Israel in a Supreme Court appeal concerning a motion to approve a NIS340m class action regarding the financial reports of Tower Semiconductors, which is one of Deloitte's clients. Additionally, Berkman is jointly representing the directors of Spacecom Communications in a class action based on an investigation by the Israel Securities Authority, and is also jointly representing Meitav Dash in a class action concerning the management fees of one of its provident funds. The firm has also handled high-value class actions for IKEA Israel and Pelephone Communications. Of note, Berkman is representing Pelephone in a highly publicised NIS300m class action regarding charges for unused content.

M. Firon & Co Advocates and Notaries

Acting for major retailers and service companies, insurers and other financial services groups, M. Firon & Co Advocates and Notaries provides its clients with a 'holistic and comprehensive service' in relation to, among other things, a variety of class actions involving consumer protection and insurance products. The department is jointly headed by Zvi Firon and Danny Kabir, the latter of whom represents Bezeq in numerous consumer class actions. Ronit Sutton Salkind is involved in consumer class actions for clients including Rami Levy Hashikma Marketing, Rami Levy Communications, Tiv-Taam and Fox. In the insurance space, Kabir is acting for Clal Insurance Company and Ayalon Insurance Company in relation to a NIS1.4bn class action regarding the extension of coverage to certain immediate family members. Further, Firon and Kabir have represented trusts and mutual funds, including U-Bank Trust Company and Ayalim Mutual Funds, in class actions concerning various charging policies and restrictive arrangements.

Ronen Adini & Co

Ronen Adini & Co is 'a highly specialised and highly selective' litigation boutique that focuses on representing plaintiffs in high-profile class actions and derivative claims. Led by name partner Ronen Adini, the team 'knows how to spot the good cases' and 'will only bring a case to court after thorough research and analysis'; as one client says, 'the firm's history of success speaks for itself'. Adini successfully represented the lead plaintiff in a NIS2bn class action filed against Bezeq alleging that the company hid from its investors negative information regarding a policy change by the Ministry of Communications. The firm is also active in antitrust-related class actions. Of particular note, Adini is acting for the plaintiffs in a motion for class action against the Israel Airports Authority and James Richardson Company alleging abuse of monopolistic position; the claim is valued at NIS3.5bn. Although many of the firm's largest matters are plaintiff-side cases, the team also acts for defendants. Adini is representing the former CEO of Insuline Medical in a high-value securities class action; the team has already achieved a level of success in this case, having removed from the claim the company's former CFO as an additional defendant.

Shibolet & Co. with Raved, Magriso, Benkel & Co.

Shibolet & Co. with Raved, Magriso, Benkel & Co. is especially active in high-value consumer protection class actions, but is also involved in complex class actions involving antitrust and securities law. One key contact in the team is Hillel Ish-Shalom, who is representing Ceragon Networks in a NIS300m securities class action, and is also handling consumer protection claims for S. Schestowitz Group and Jafora Tabori. Additionally, Ofer Larisch is acting for Chemipal in relation to a NIS600m class action concerning alleged misrepresentation on the packaging of home pregnancy tests, and Amir Frankl is representing Glicksman Egg Marketing in several class actions, including a NIS470m claim alleging the presence of salmonella in eggs distributed by the company. The team is also involved in a high-profile multibillion-shekel antitrust class action. Other key figures in the department include Ofer ShapiraShmuel Galinka and Joseph Benkel.

Weksler, Bregman & Co., Advocates

Weksler, Bregman & Co., Advocates has considerable expertise in banking litigation and is often involved in class actions concerning fiduciary duties and good faith, antitrust matters in the banking sector, and other bank regulations. Yael Moshkovich and Oren Pechthold are acting for Israel Discount Bank, U-Bank and Mercantile Discount Bank in a number of class action claims. In one matter, the team is representing Israel Discount Bank in a high-value class action concerning its minimum-rate commission policies. Further, Moshkovich and Doron Dan are acting for several major retailers in class actions regarding the Accessibility Act. The team is also representing Negev Ceramics in a NIS290m class action alleging that the company's price tags are effectively fictitious. Hila Goldfeld was promoted to partner.

AYR – Amar Reiter Jeanne Shochatovitch & Co

AYR – Amar Reiter Jeanne Shochatovitch & Co has experience with class action suits involving antitrust claims and consumer protection and disability law. Yaron Reiter heads the class actions practice and has represented Partner Communications Company in a number of class actions, including a claim alleging that the company collects customers' data and transfers that data to the Israeli police. Additionally, Reiter is acting for Shufersal in relation to a class action concerning the presence of salmonella in poultry sold by the client. In the antitrust space, the team defended Chi Mei Corporation in a class action regarding a global cartel in the flat screen panel industry. The team has also been increasingly involved in class actions regarding disabled access. The Gindi Group and Kavim Public Transportation are also among the team's clients.

FWMK (Furth, Wilensky, Mizrachi, Knaani)

The lawyers at FWMK (Furth, Wilensky, Mizrachi, Knaani) have 'exceptional advocacy skills' and are 'able to find creative solutions to complex problems, especially in class action litigation'. The team has particular expertise in financial services and securities class actions. In recent matters, Orr Noy is jointly representing Kitov Pharma in multiple class actions arising out of an investigation by the Israel Securities Authority, and is jointly representing Babylon in a high-value class action regarding reporting violations in relation to certain agreements with Google. Further, Ofer Furth and Eran Meir are jointly representing Sanofi Israel in a consolidated class action alleging that the company misled the patent registrar when registering the drug Plavix. Furth is also representing Rozenbuch Assets and Yeelim Investments in separate class actions involving the excessive repayment fees charged by two major Israeli banks. Additional contacts include Eli Shimon and Danny Belenkin.

Lipa Meir & Co

Lipa Meir & Co has particular experience with class actions in the banking and insurance sectors, and also represents domestic and international corporates in consumer protection class actions. Among the team's major clients is Clalit Health Services, which Alon Pomeranc has advised on several high-value class actions, including one motion to approve a class action concerning membership fees for men versus those of women. In addition, Pomeranc is acting for Blistex and Sunny Cellular Communications in relation to consumer protection class actions, and he also initiated a class action against the Israel Tax Authority alleging over-collection of purchase tax from individuals buying apartments for investment. Also of note, name partner Lipa Meir is representing Harel Insurance Group in a NIS500m-plus class action regarding alleged overcharging by the client. The team also has experience with complex financial claims and class actions arising from alleged antitrust violations.

Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co.

Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co. has particular expertise in the insurance industry, where it advises insurance companies and corporates on class action disputes involving issues such as personal injury and consumer protection. Tamar Kareth is acting for Fischer Pharmaceuticals in a class action regarding the sale of certain cut-price products, and Gil Atar is representing Haifa Chemicals in a class action concerning health damages resulting from alleged air pollution. The team has also handled class actions involving securities and antitrust law.

Rotenberg & Co

Rotenberg & Co has experience in 'complicated class action suits and other commercial claims'. The team is engaged by well-known corporates in the media and food and beverage industries, and is especially active in consumer protection cases and large antitrust class actions. Moti Arad is representing Central Bottling Company is several class actions, including one NIS497m claim for excessive pricing. Additionally, Arad is acting for Keshet Broadcasting in relation to a high-value motion for class action regarding restrictive trade practices, and is also representing the National Insurance Institute of Israel in a NIS343m class action regarding certain deductions from maternity allowances. The team also handles consumer protection claims for Israeli retailers and food and beverage producers.

S. Friedman & Co. Advocates & Notaries

S. Friedman & Co. Advocates & Notaries acts for major domestic corporates in class actions involving consumer protection violations, and is increasingly involved in cases concerning disabled access. Also of note, Lily Doron is representing Zim Integrated Shipping Services in a motion to approve a class action regarding the client's alleged involvement in a restrictive arrangement, and department head Itamar Anaby is acting for University of Haifa in relation to a claim regarding the University's compensation policy for research assistants. Anaby is also representing Tnuva in a motion to approve a class action concerning animal rights and sanitation regulations at the company's slaughterhouses. The team is also involved in multiple class actions for Eldan Transport, including a NIS47.5m claim regarding the client's options for handicapped-accessible vehicles.