Class Actions

  • Described by the Legal 500 as "the pre-eminent practice in the field", S. Horowitz & Co. is widely recognised as being Israel's leading firm for representing defendants in class actions. Our team has been involved in some of the most significant and high-profile cases heard before the Israeli courts in recent times. We have a wealth of experience representing international and domestic companies, financial institutions and public authorities in the full range of class actions, including those relating to:

     

    • Banking or financial services
    • Shareholder class actions, claims alleging mis-selling of financial products and breaches of Israel's securities laws
    • Breaches of Israel's competition laws, including losses suffered as a result of cartels and follow-on class action claims commenced as a result of EU, US or Israeli findings of anti-competitive or abusive behaviour
    • Tort, consumer protection and product liability claims
    • Environmental claims, in particular contamination of the water, sea, air or land
    • False or misleading advertising
    • Breaches of Israel's various anti-discrimination laws
    • Insurance contracts

     

    We offer clients experience, depth of resource and specialist expertise on class action claims and procedures. Our services include advising clients on all stages involved in defending a class action, dismissals, opposing certification of class action claims, seeking to achieve favourable settlements and, in respect of those cases that reach court, vigorously defending our clients.

    • Representing British Airways before the District Court and, on appeal, before the Israel Supreme Court in a class action brought against British Airways by the Israeli travel agents association and more than 110 travel agents regarding the alteration made by British Airways to its agents' commission payment structure. Both the District Court and the Supreme Court upheld BA’s defence of the claim
    • Representing Sharp Corporation in the defence of a class action that was brought against Sharp, Samsung Electronics Co, Chi, AU Optronic, Mei and LG Display, claiming that the parties had infringed US antitrust law by conspiring to fix prices for LCD panels in televisions, notebook computers and monitors between 1999 and 2013
    • Representing Toyota Motor Corporation and Toyota Motor Europe in two class actions filed against the clients in Israel.  The claims, amounting to a total of approximately US$ 100 million, concerned the recall of 32,000 vehicles following an alleged malfunction causing the accelerator pedal to stick to the floor
    • Representing Israel Electric Corp. in a class action by 150 collective villages seeking damages of NIS 1 billion (approximately US$ 250 million) claiming the company had used incorrect indexation rates in setting its electricity tariffs, causing the plaintiffs to be overcharged while also losing the discount to which they were entitled
    • Representing Expert Financial Products Ltd. and its officers in a class action for compensation in excess of US$ 100 million which was brought in connection with the issue of a promissory note secured by funds deposited with a subsidiary of Lehman Brothers.  The plaintiffs claimed that material information as to the imminent collapse of Lehman Brothers had been withheld from them
    • Representing Delta Air Lines in a class action filed with the District Court regarding flight cancellations and the interpretation of the new Israeli Aviation Services Law
    • Representing Bank Hapoalim in a class action brought against it and Israel Petrochemicals Enterprises by bondholders of Israel Petrochemicals Enterprises (IPE).  The action claims collusion with regard to the distribution of funds received by IPE from the sale of certain assets, and includes petitions for various remedies including claims for damages in excess of NIS 120 million (approximately US$ 30 million)
    • Representing British Airways in connection with a class action brought against British Airways, El Al, Lufthansa and Swiss Air for alleged price-fixing. It was alleged that the price-fixing amongst the four airlines resulted in increased prices for extra fuel and security and increased charges for cargo consignments. The firm is acting for British Airways in seeking to deny class action certification for the proceedings in Israel
    • Representing Bank Leumi Le-Israel Ltd. and Bank Mizrahi Tefahot Ltd. in a class action seeking damages of approximately NIS112 million (US$ 28 million) relating to alleged violations of Israeli data protection laws by way of the allegedly inappropriate collection of information via security cameras located at the banks' branches and ATMs
    • Representing Maccabi Healthcare Services, one of Israel's largest healthcare service providers, in a class action valued at NIS 1 billion (approximately US$ 250 million) which was brought as a result of a change of formulation of a drug supplied by Maccabi. The plaintiffs claimed that the change of formulation resulted in patients experiencing various adverse reactions
    • Representing Bank Mizrahi Tefahot Ltd. in a class action, claiming NIS 26 million (approximately US$ 6.5 million) damages for alleged violations of Israeli law governing client service obligations
    • Representing Lime & Stone Production Co in an NIS 40 million (approximately US$ 10 million) motion to approve a class action relating to noise and dust nuisance as well as health and property damages, filed on behalf of the residents of Turan, located near one of Lime & Stone Production's quarries
    • Representing Magnezi Concrete Ltd., Shapir Civil and Marine Engineering and Readymix in class actions filed against each of them separately on grounds that the companies' concrete did not meet the relevant industry standards.  The claims are valued in the hundreds of millions of shekels
    • Representing the private label products company "Brand for You" in class actions regarding the quality of the products it produced for a group of supermarkets, including claims that the products’ ingredients and safety measures were described inaccurately and in a misleading manner
    • Representing Maccabi Healthcare Services in a class action raising fundamental questions regarding use of generic drugs by Maccabi specifically, and in Israel's public health system as a whole
    • Representing one of the largest newspapers in Israel, Yediot Aharonot Ltd., in a class action in relation to the subscriber system of the newspaper