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Welcome to Globalit!

Readers, check out Eric Sherby’s new blog, Globalit. Eric’s an excellent Israeli lawyer, originally from New York, and I’ve had the pleasure to get to know him a little through our work together on an ABA newsletter. The name of the blog, Globalit, is a nice pun, though one that needs a little explanation in English. If you say the name “Global Lit,” it means, obviously, “Global Litigation,” but if you say, “Globaleet,“then it’s the Hebrew word for “globally.” I know there’s a rule that says a pun its no good if you have to explain it, but given that this is a bilingual pun, I think the rule does not apply, and anyway, as my own blog and Cartas Blogatorias attest, I like wordplay in the title of websites.
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Case to Watch: Schermerhorn v. Israel

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At Opinio Juris, Julian Ku wrote about an interesting new action filed in Washington, Schermerhorn v. State of Israel (D.D.C.). The case arises out of the 2010 Gaza flotilla, in which several ships carrying self-described activists sought to challenge the Israeli (and Egyptian) blockade of Gaza. It turns out one of the ships, the Challenger I, was a US-flagged vessel. Gotcha! Well, maybe, as we’ll see. The nationality of the Challenger I is the jurisdictional hook several of the amateur blockade runners are seeking to use to sue Israel in the US courts for torture, other war crimes, arbitrary arrest, false imprisonment, assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and conversion.
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Case of the Day: Genger v. Genger

The case of the day is Genger v. Genger (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2015). There were two related actions involving Orly Genger and Sagi Genger. Presumably they had a family dispute of some sort, though the opinion doesn’t give details of the underlying dispute. In one of the actions (call it “Action 1”), Sagi Genger attempted to serve a subpoena on “his close friend and attoreny,” David Parnes, who lived in Israel, by mailing the subpoena to Parnes’s lawyer in Israel. The subpoena called for Genger to testify in New York on April 16, 2015. Genger appeared on that date to testify, and while he was in New York, Orly Genger served him with a subpoena seeking his testimony in the second action (“Action 2”). Sagi Genger moved to quash the subpoena on the grounds that Parnes, who had come to New York to testify in Action 1, was immune from service of process. The judge initially denied the motion, but Parnes then appealed and sought a stay pending the appeal.
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