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American Jewish Groups Criticize Interpol for Admission of PA, Israeli PM Netanyahu Vows Response to ‘Palestinian Diplomatic Warfare’

Algemeiner – A number of US Jewish organizations expressed criticism on Wednesday of Interpol’s granting of full membership to the Palestinian Authority.

“We are disappointed by the Interpol vote to admit the ‘State of Palestine’ as a full member state,” Anti-Defamation League Senior Vice President for International Affairs Sharon Nazarian said in a statement. “We believe this admission is premature.”

“Today’s vote must be seen as the latest step in the ongoing Palestinian campaign to seek international recognition as a state outside the context of bilateral negotiations with Israel,” she continued. “Issues such as statehood, borders, security and related mechanisms can only be resolved through direct negotiations, and the international community should refrain from rewarding Palestinian efforts to circumvent this process.”

“There is also legitimate concern expressed by Israel that the Palestinians could use their membership in Interpol to mount unwarranted legal challenges, including travel bans and extradition requests, against Israeli military and security officials,” Nazarian concluded.

Attorney Richard D. Heideman — the president of the American Zionist Movement — stated, “The Palestinians have clearly not met the standards set by Interpol in contributing to make the world a safer place, in fact the opposite remains true. The murderous terrorist attack in Har Adar yesterday, which has yet to be properly condemned by the Palestinian leadership, is just another example of the unconscionable conduct of the PA/PLO’s use of sanctioned violence through an ongoing campaign of hatred, incitement and the providing of financial incentivization and rewards by the Palestinian Authority.”

“Accepting the Palestinians as the newest member of Interpol under such circumstances is a travesty for justice,” he went on to say. “Interpol now has an absurd situation where member states will share sensitive information with Palestinian police, whose members have been accused of involvement in countless murders and heinous attacks throughout the years. This is a dark day in the fight against global terrorism.”

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brought up the Interpol issue during a meeting in Jerusalem on Wednesday with US President Donald Trump’s visiting international negotiations representative, Jason Greenblatt.

According to Netanyahu’s office, the prime minister told Greenblatt that “the actions of the Palestinian leadership in recent days severely impair the chances of achieving peace,” and vowed that “Palestinian diplomatic warfare would not go unanswered.”

Also on Wednesday, international law expert and former Israeli diplomat Alan Baker wrote that Interpol’s action was “indicative of the total insensitivity of the international community, which out of political correctness and an incomprehensible eagerness to coddle the Palestinian leadership, fails to realize that in so doing they are giving the Palestinians a green light and license to incite and to reward terror.”

Originally published HERE

Heideman calls Palestinian acceptance into Interpol a travesty of justice

(Wednesday, 27th September 2017) – Richard D. Heideman, Senior Counsel of Washington based law firm Heideman Nudelman & Kalik, which represents American victims of terrorism in cases filed in US Federal Courts against Libya, Syria, Iran, the PLO and banks accused of providing material support for terror, has slammed the decision by the International Police Organization (Interpol) to accept the Palestinians as a member. “The Palestinians have clearly not met the standards set by Interpol in contributing to make the world a safer place, in fact the opposite remains true,” Heideman said. “The murderous terrorist attack in Har Adar yesterday, which has yet to be properly condemned by the Palestinian leadership, is just another example of the unconscionable conduct of the PA/PLO’s use of sanctioned violence through an ongoing campaign of hatred, incitement and the providing of financial incentivization and rewards by the Palestinian Authority.”

“Accepting the Palestinians as the newest member of Interpol under such circumstances is a travesty for justice.”

Interpol members passed the Palestinian membership application by 75 to 24 votes, with 34 abstentions. The Palestinians needed more than two-thirds of the yes-or-no votes counted, and on the one-country one-vote basis passed that threshold easily.

“Interpol now has an absurd situation where member states will share sensitive information with Palestinian police, whose members have been accused of involvement in countless murders and heinous attacks throughout the years,” Heideman continued. “This is a dark day in the fight against global terrorism.”

Heideman gives Keynote Address at Louis D. Brandeis Center National Law Student Leadership Conference

In March 2017, Richard D. Heideman gave the keynote address at the fourth annual Louis D. Brandeis Center National Law Student Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. The conference brought together law student leaders from 13 of LDB’s law student chapters across the country, and educated these students on topics including civil rights law; international law and the Arab-Israeli Conflict; legal responses to terror and how to pursue them; religious liberty; and how to use legal tools to combat anti-Semitism and the Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. Additionally, the students were presented with networking opportunities amongst their peers, attorneys, and legal scholars.

Heideman’s address entitled “Holding Sponsors of Terrorism Legally Accountable” was a powerful declaration of the power of an individual lawyer to change the world. Heideman discussed overcoming insurmountable odds to bring cases against world leaders, foreign powers, and figures considered generally untouchable in the legal community. Heideman represented clients against Muammar Gaddafi, as well as the nations of Libya and Syria. Heideman sought justice for the victims of the Abu Nidal terrorist organization attacks on the Vienna and Rome airports, along with the American victims of the EgyptAir flight 648 hijacking. Heideman chronicled the difficult road his law firm faced in obtaining justice and compensation for victims of crimes that were perpetrated decades earlier, crimes for which no one believed justice could be obtained. Heideman spoke about the importance of anti-terrorism law, of having a White House committed to the fight against terror, and his theory of confluence: when the victims, lawyers, congressmen, hearings, an amenable White House, and the State Department all come together, anything can be accomplished. Richard Heideman ended his discussion with a piece of advice for all of the aspiring lawyers in the room “Stand up, speak out, and seek justice.

Read more about the Conference HERE.

LAW360: Judge OKs Garmin Faulty Watch Suit, $385K Attys’ Fees

by Emily Field

Law360, New York (November 3, 2016, 10:09 PM EDT) — A Utah federal judge on Thursday gave the final nod to a settlement between Garmin Ltd. and a class of consumers alleging that a model of its sports watches is defective and comes apart during use, including $385,000 in attorneys’ fees.

Under the terms of the deal, class members can who bought a Garmin Forerunner 610 between April 2011 and July 2014 can have the watch or the watchband repaired for free or replaced; those who have already paid to fix their watch can receive $50 to $75 back under the terms of the settlement. U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby said that the settlement provides “significant value, both monetary and non-monetary” to the classes.

“The court hereby grants final approval of the settlement on the basis that the settlement is fair, reasonable and adequate to the settlement classes,” the judge said.

In addition to the attorneys’ fees, the judge also approved incentive awards of $1,250 each to class representatives Andrea and Joel Katz.

“We are pleased that the Court has recognized the fairness and value that this settlement has brought to consumers of the Forerunner 610 nationwide,” Noel J. Nudelman of Heideman Nudelman & Kalik PC told Law360 on Thursday. “The settlement not only provides class members with meaningful financial compensation but also provides an additional extended warranty to all class members.”

The Katzes filed suit in March 2014, claiming that that the watches are defective because the wristband separates from the watch while the user is running or participating in other physical activities, according to the complaint.

“The plastic watchband has an unacceptable rate of failure in that it detaches from the Forerunner 610, resulting in the loss or damage of the watch or the need for the consumer to spend his/her time and money to replace or fix the plastic watchband,” the complaint said.

Andrea Katz bought a Forerunner 610 watch for $350 as a gift for her husband because of its ability to track distances, navigate routes and monitor a variety of weather conditions, the complaint said.

Garmin’s marketing materials tout the “suitability of the Forerunner 610 in a variety of intense physical activities, including its ability to conduct ‘interval training,’ analyze bicycling and running routes, and measure aerobic fitness,” the complaint said.

When her husband used the watch while running, however, the plastic wristband detached from the watch as a result of the metal pins falling out or breaking, the complaint said. He brought the watch into the Garmin store to be repaired, but the same thing happened again three months later.

The third time the watch came apart, the Garmin salesperson recommended he buy a more resilient Velcro band at his own expense.

Garmin knew or should have known about the defects in the design and manufacturing of the watch, the complaint said. Despite its knowledge, Garmin refused to recall the Forerunner 610 or replace the plastic wristbands for free.

According to the complaint, there are tens of thousands of potential class members who bought the watches. On Amazon.com, there are more than 300 reviews and nearly 10 percent of those report the same problems, the complaint said.

A representative for Garmin declined comment.

The consumers are represented by Mark F. James of Hatch James & Dodge PC and Richard D. Heideman, Noel J. Nudelman and Tracy Reichman Kalik of Heideman Nudelman & Kalik PC.

Garmin is represented by Peter W. Herzog III of Wheeler Trigg & O’Donnell LLP, Kenneth Mallin and Jena M. Valdetero of Bryan Cave, and Francis M. Wikstrom and Zack L. Winzeler of Parsons Behle & Latimer.

The case is Katz et al v. Garmin Ltd et al., case number 2:14-cv-00165, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah.

—Editing by Joe Phalon.


ARTICLE ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN LAW360 »

International lawyers call on FIFA to investigate egregious violations by Palestinian Football Association

The Lawfare Project has recruited dozens of international attorneys representing major firms and organizations to sign a letter to Tokyo Sexwale, Chairman of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Monitoring Committee for Israel and Palestine, informing him of flagrant and continuous violations of the FIFA statutes and codes by the Palestinian Football Association (PFA). The letter follows the complaint submitted by the PFA demanding that Israeli football clubs in disputed territories be kicked out of the institution. We are grateful to Jonathan Turner of UKLFI for helping us draft the letter.

The best defense is always a good offense. We therefore strongly urge the Israeli Football Association (IFA) to file claims with FIFA regarding the PFA’s behavior, which is so reprehensible that it warrants a suspension or expulsion of the PFA from the institution. FIFA must protect itself from politicization, and therefore it cannot address claims made against the Israeli team without simultaneously addressing claims against the Palestinians. The PFA, whose behavior is totally antithetical to the spirit and purpose of international sport, must be made aware that their frivolous complaints against the IFA render them equally vulnerable to investigation.

Disgraceful PFA violations of the FIFA statutes and ethical codes include:
The PFA punishing Palestinians who participate in football games with Israelis, in contravention of Article 5(1) of the FIFA Statute, which provides that “FIFA shall promote friendly relations between and among member associations and in society for humanitarian objectives.” This behavior also violates the prohibition of discrimination of any kind in Article 4 of the FIFA Statute and Article 23 of the FIFA Code of Ethics.

Officials of the PFA regularly denigrating Israel and Israelis, in breach of Article 23 of the FIFA Code of Ethics, which prohibits persons bound by the Code (including officials) from offending the dignity of a country or group of people through derogatory words or actions.
The promotion and glorification of terrorism inherent in Palestinian football clubs’ celebrations of terrorists who have killed Israelis; by naming their teams after dead Palestinian terrorists; and by praising acts of terrorism against Israelis. This behavior violates the physical and mental integrity of Palestinians in contravention of Article 24 of the FIFA Code of Ethics, by encouraging impressionable children to end their lives in suicide-homicide attacks and to emulate those terrorists being praised by their heroes, Palestinian athletes and football clubs.
The use of the platform given to the PFA and its leadership to promote a political agenda and politicize FIFA and international sport, generally. This conduct breaches Article 14 of the FIFA Code of Ethics, which requires political neutrality.

Read the full letter here.

If FIFA officials plan to take action against the Israeli clubs in disputed territories, they must also be prepared to acknowledge and punish the Palestinian Football Association for these brazen violations of FIFA codes. FIFA must protect itself and all institutions of international sport from being politicized and dishonored in Palestinian attempts to ostracize the Jewish state.

Lobbyists prepare new terrorism victims push

By ISAAC ARNSDORF

With help from Taylor Gee, Kaitlyn Burton and Mary Lee

THE NEXT JASTA? The recent success of the bill letting 9/11 victims’ families sue Saudi Arabia, passed over President Barack Obama‘s veto, is emboldening other terrorism victims to seek similar openings. Lawyers for Esther Klieman, an American who was killed in a 2002 attack on a public bus in Jerusalem, have fought in court for more than a decade for restitution from the Palestinian Authority. But that case and others like it have lost on jurisdictional grounds. Now the attorneys for Klieman’s estate — Richard Heideman, Noel Nudelman, Tracy Kalik and Keyauna Fogle of Heideman Nudelman & Kalik — are lobbying for new legislation to help the lawsuits proceed.

While the Saudi bill, known as the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, applies to foreign states responsible for attacks within the U.S., this law would address non-governmental entities responsible for deaths of Americans abroad, Heideman told PI. Lawmakers could decide to write it generally or specifically on the Palestinians, he said. The lawyers say they’ll start outreach to every member of Congress in the lame duck or next Congress.

“We believe it’s an issue that ought to be one of the first steps the next Congress takes,” he said.

MEANWHILE, talk of retaliatory laws that anti-JASTA lobbyists warned about are starting to bubble up overseas. A pressure group called the Arab Project in Iraq asked the country’s parliament to prepare a lawsuit against the U.S. over the 2003 invasion. Victims of this summer’s failed Turkish coup are discussing whether a similar bill could let them sue the U.S., which President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses of harboring the cleric he deems responsible.

LAME DUCK: Confirming Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, providing relief to Flint, Mich., in the water resources bill, and fixing JASTA have a “strong chance” of getting done in the lame duck, according to the latest slide deck from Bruce Mehlman of Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas. The only must-dos for those 16 legislative days are government funding, the National Defense Authorization Act and leadership elections, he said. Possible, but less likely: the Trans-Pacific Partnership, health research, sentencing reform, orphaned tax extenders.

FIGHT NIGHT IN VEGAS. Chill out with some Debussy at the Bellagio fountain. Send tips to iarnsdorf@politico.com.

STATUS UPDATES:

Dorothy Savarese, chairman, CEO, and president of Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank, is the American Bankers Association‘s next chairman, writes The Hill’s Sylvan Lane.

Marc Cadin was named as chief operating officer and Chris Morton was named SVP government affairs at the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting.

— The Healthcare Distribution Alliance hired Matthew DiLoreto as vice president of state government affairs from the National Community Pharmacists Association and Leah Lindahl as senior director of Western state government affairs from the Colorado BioScience Association.

Lucy Gettman was promoted to chief advocacy officer leading the federal advocacy & public policy team at the National School Boards Association.

OBAMACARE’S NEXT CHAPTER: Rick Pollack of the American Hospital Association, Marilyn Tavenner of America’s Health Insurance Plans, and Steve Ubl of Pharmaceutical Researchers and Manufacturers of America agreed that they won’t support a Clinton administration push for a public option without fixes to the Obamacare marketplace, reports The Hill’s Peter Sullivan.

APP WARS: Amid a standoff between Apple and Spotify, Reps. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), Lamar Smith (R-Texas), Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), David Cicilline (D-R.I.) and Dave Trott (R-Mich.) urged FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez to investigate whether tech companies are using their app stores to choke competition, POLITICO’s Tony Romm reports. Spotify has hired Tom Manatos and spent $450,000 lobbying on antitrust issues.

HOUSE IN PLAY: More than a dozen Democratic challengers are benefiting from a legal loophole to get extra dollars from the DCCC, reports POLITICO’s Scott Bland. They’re wording TV spots in such a way so that they can split the cost of their ads with the party. “If you can find a way now that you only have to pay 50 percent of an ad, and link your opponent to Trump, and that makes strategic sense in the district, that’s a no-brainer,” said a Democratic operative.

T&I SHAKEUPS: The House Transportation Committee could see some changes this election season as the future is uncertain for members like Reps. Bill Shuster, John Mica, Jeff Denham and Rick Nolan, writes POLITICO’s Tanya Snyder. Committee members Reps. Richard Hanna, Candice Miller, Janice Hahn and Reid Ribbleare also retiring.

SPECTRUM: POLITICO’s Margaret Harding McGill and Tony Romm report who’s under consideration to lead the FCC if Clinton wins: major fundraiser Susan Ness; Nielsen executive Karen Kornbluh; Phil Verveer, senior counselor to Chairman Tom Wheeler; Alec Ross, former digital adviser to Hillary Clinton at the State Department; Daniel Sepulveda, an ambassador who’s leading efforts at State on internet freedom issues; Blair Levin, a former FCC official and architect of the National Broadband Plan; Catherine Sandoval, commissioner on the California Public Utilities Commission; and Phil Weiser, University of Colorado law professor who advised the National Economic Council under President Barack Obama.

COLONIALS: Former Texas state senator Wendy Davis headlines a stop at George Washington University today on a gun violence prevention bus tour by Americans for Responsible Solutions, the group led by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and astronaut Mark Kelly. The Smoot Tewes Group is running media for the tour.

SPOTTED at Third Way reception last night at Baby Wale: Yebbie Watkins, chief of staff to Rep. Jim Clyburn; Jesse Price, Eli Lilly; Ian Rayder, Cisco; Rob Hall, Entergy; Mark Henson, chief of staff to Rep. Jim Himes; Chad Metzler, legislative director to Sen. Angus King; Izzy Klein, Roberti Global; Kathleen Black, Coca-Cola; Jeff Navin, Boundary Stone Partners; Robert Diznoff, legislative director to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

— Last night 50 women in food policy gathered at a happy hour organized by Liz Clark of the National Confectioners Association, including Julia Gustafson, Corn Refiners Association; Chris Heggem, House Agriculture Committee; Eileen Lauzon, Hershey; Lee LeBlond, Sen. Richard Burr’s office; Janae Brady, Senate Agriculture Committee; Jasmine Dickerson, Feeding America; Louise Hilsen, Kelley Drye & Warren; Laura Klick and Beth Goldstein of Squire Patton Boggs; Liz Hermsen, Sen. Bob Casey’s office; Shannon Campagna, Kelly Horton and Melissa Weber of Mars, Inc.; Susan Whiteside and Elise Fennig of NCA; Lee Sanders, American Bakers Association; and Maureen Enright of the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative.

— Last night the Business Roundtable and RATE Coalition hosted a happy hour for the 30th anniversary of the 1986 tax overhaul at Irish Times,where members like Bill Bradley, Tip O’Neill, and Dan Rostenkowski used to negotiate. Dave Camp spoke. Also spotted: Matt Miller, BRT; Cristina Crooks, Carolyn Lee and Laura Siegrist with NAM; Ashley Wilson, U.S. Chamber; Andrew Mills, Niskanen Center; Scott Salmon, Shell; James Gould, who worked on the ’86 bill, now with Ogilvy; Tucker Shumack; Brian Johnson, tax lobbyist for API; Annie Policastro, UPS; Michelle Dimarob, Altria; Kathleen Black, Coca Cola; and Brad Bailey, formerly with Speaker John Boehner.

— Last night over 200 people attended the Advocacy Leaders Network fall happy hour, which featured beer and bourbon tastings at the offices of Beekeeper Group. The event was co-sponsored by Veritone, VoterVoice and RAP Index. Spotted: Brad Fitch, CEO Congressional Management Foundation; Cheryl Miller, Verizon; Matt Fitting, American Heart Association; Gadi Ben-Yehuda, American Association for the Advancement of Science; Randy Dwyer, American Farm Bureau Federation; Kristen Prather, Credit Union National Association; Michael Lewan, National Marine Manufacturers Association; and David Lusk, Key Advocacy.

NEW JOINT FUNDRAISERS:
Nevada North Carolina Victory Fund: Non-Qualified Non-Party, Joint Fundraiser

NEW PACs:
American Greatness: Independent Expenditure-Only Committee, Unauthorized
Mountaineer Justice PAC: Non-Qualified Non-Party, Unauthorized
Ohio Association of Realtors Political Advocacy Fund (OAR-PAF): Independent Expenditure-Only Committee, Unauthorized

NEW LOBBYING REGISTRATIONS:
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld: Infosys Limited
American Defense International, Inc.:TSG Therapeutics Pte Ltd.
Best Best & Krieger LLP: Las Virgenes-Triunfo Joint Powers Authority
Capitol Hill Consulting Group: Offshore Marine Service Association
Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered: Efficiency Energy, LLC
Capstone National Partners: CUNA Mutual Group
Capstone National Partners: International Association of Medical Equipment Remarketers and Servicers
Capstone National Partners: Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation
Capstone National Partners: National Cooperative Bank, N.A.
Capstone National Partners: Visual Arts Rights Coalition
Crowell & Moring LLP: The Academy Advisors
DQB International: Texas Biomedical Research Institute
Dutko Worldwide, LLC d/b/a Grayling: Card and Associates (for Alliance Health Networks)
FTI Government Affairs: Colonial Pipeline Company
George J. Hochbrueckner & Associates, Inc.: STS Global, Inc.
Harbinger Strategies, LLC: Iron Mountain
HillStaffer, LLC: Alternative & Direct Investment Securities Association/ADISA
JMH Group, formerly Jamian Mcelroy & Hamlin, LLC: ATC Materials
JMH Group, formerly Jamian Mcelroy & Hamlin, LLC: Cambium Networks
Lugar Hellmann Group: PepsiCo, INC
NVG, LLC: American Psychiatric Association
NVG, LLC: Forscey, PLLC (on behalf of Adventist Health System)
RNL Consulting LLC: Genworth Financial
Strategic Federal Affairs: St. Clair County Community College
Todd Strategy, LLC: CareDx, Inc.
Whitmer & Worrall, LLC: Utilities Technology Council
Winning Strategies Washington: Zoll

NEW LOBBYING TERMINATIONS:
Artemis Strategies: Genworth Financial
Manatt, Phelps, And Phillips: Town Of Stratford
Alpine Group, Inc.: Ascensia Diabetes Care Us Inc.
Alpine Group, Inc.: Crispr Therapeutics
American Defense International, Inc.: Tcom
Ariale Strategies, L.L.C.: Becker & Poliakoff On Behalf Of Shotspotter
Ariale Strategies, L.L.C.: Becker & Poliakoff On Behalf Of Streetcred
Ariale Strategies, L.L.C.: Project C.U.R.E.
Capitol Strategies Partners LLC: American Airlines
Cavarocchi Ruscio Dennis Associates, L.L.C.: Society For Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Cloakroom Advisors LLC: Linden Care LLC
Crossroads Strategies, LLC: Crosby & Higgins Llp On Behalf Of Melrose Credit Union
Hanka Advisor LLC: Madison County, Indiana
Holland & Knight LLP: City Of Austin TX
Manatt, Phelps, And Phillips: Norwalk Redevelopment Agency
Manatt, Phelps, And Phillips: Parent-Child Home Program
Manatt, Phelps, And Phillips: The Horace Bushnell Memorial Hall Corporation
Mcgregor Group, LLC: Solomon P. Ortiz Holdings, Llc (On Behalf Of Waste Control Specialist)
Mwr Strategies, Inc.: Suez
Podesta Group, Inc.: Monster Energy Company
Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications: Maguire Group
Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications: National Flea Market Association
Sbl Strategies, LLC: J.B. Hunt
The Ferguson Group, LLC: Glendale-Ca City Of
Thorn Run Partners: Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.
Van Scoyoc Associates: Montana State University-Bozeman
Van Scoyoc Associates: University Of Montana
Alpine Group, Inc.: Health Net, Inc.
Arent Fox LLP: Transit Labs, Inc.
Arnall Golden Gregory, LLP: Comptia (Formerly Technology Association Of America)
Ass’N Of Private Sector Colleges And Universities (Fka Career College Ass’N): Ass’N Of Private Sector Colleges And Universities (Fka Career College Ass’N)
Capitol Decisions, Inc.: Intellidyne, LLC
Cornerstone Government Affairs, LLC: Metabiota
Crossroads Strategies, LLC: Radiation Therapy Alliance
George J. Hochbrueckner & Associates, Inc.: Globecomm (Globecomm Systems, Inc.)
K&L Gates LLP: Solvay America, Inc.
Kadesh & Associates, LLC: Sempra Energy
Kadesh & Associates, LLC: Syngenta Corporation (Through Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP)
Kadesh & Associates, LLC: The National Parks Conservation Association
King & Spalding LLP: Bacardi U S A Inc
Mcdermott+Consulting LLC: Sensus Healthcare
Morgan Meguire, LLC: Transmission Agency Of Northern California
Morris J. Amitay, PC: Victims Of Terrorism – East Africa
O’Hara Federal Strategies, LLC: Oxfam America
Sidley Austin LLP: Western United Life Assurance Company
State University Of New York Maritime College: State University Of New York Maritime College
Strategic Health Care: Advantage Health Solutions Inc
Strategic Health Care: Medavail Technologies, Inc.
Strategic Health Care: Section 508 Coalition
The Walter Group: Renenco Group
Thompson Advisory Group: NL Systems, LLC
Winston & Strawn LLP: American Bureau Of Shipping (ABS)
Winston & Strawn LLP: DHL Holdings (USA) Inc

*We are correcting an error that appeared in the Politico article. Keyauna Fogle is a non-attorney employee at Heideman Nudelman & Kalik, PC

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Trial Lawyer of the Year Award by Public Justice


Richard D. Heideman, Noel J. Nudelman and Tracy Reichman Kalik of Heideman Nudelman & Kalik, PC Receive Trial Lawyer of the Year Award by Public Justice for their Work Against the Arab Bank Plc.

Richard D. Heideman, as senior counsel of Heideman Nudelman & Kalik, PC, and Noel Nudelman and Tracy R. Kalik are counsel for over one hundred and fifty American plaintiffs against Arab Bank Plc for the facilitation of acts of international terrorism and provision of material support to various terrorist groups involved in the Second Intifada in violation of the Anti-Terrorism Act (“ATA”), which resulted in the death and injury to American nationals.

The Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) of 1992 allows people who were injured by acts of terror abroad to bring civil suits in federal court. Litle was a mass tort consolidation case with 117 plaintiffs who were injured in suicide bombings and attacks in Israel, 40 wrongful death cases, along with 440 family members of those injured or killed. The plaintiffs claimed that Arab Bank knowingly provided financial support to terrorist leaders and the families of terrorist operatives, including suicide bombers. This case marks the first time that a financial institution has been brought to trial – and held liable –under the ATA.

The plaintiffs argued that Arab Bank administered a Saudi-funded universal insurance plan for the benefit of Palestinian terrorists killed, injured, or apprehended by Israeli security forces. For years, branches of the Saudi charity authorized payments ranging from $140 to $5,316 to terrorists and their families. The plaintiffs also argued that Arab Bank should be held liable for every terrorist act committed since the beginning of the Al Aqsa Intifada, a period of escalated Israeli-Palestinian conflict that began in 2000, because the charity provided its clients with financial benefits regardless of whether they were affiliated with terrorist groups.

The parties reached a confidential settlement agreement in August of 2015. The lawsuits were aimed at curtailing the flow of money to terrorist organizations by extending the legal liability beyond terrorists themselves to the financial institutions that aid their actions. The outcome of this trial will undoubtedly encourage stronger consequences for corporations that promote terrorism and violate human rights.

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