TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, 16 November 2023 - In a recent interview, Lawyer Doron Levy, a distinguished figure in the legal landscape and the Head of the Class Action Department at Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co., underscored the significance of class action lawsuits as a formidable tool for individuals seeking justice against large corporations or entities.
"In class action lawsuits, insignificant amounts add up to huge sums," emphasized Adv. Doron Levy, who sheds light on the substantial impact that collective legal action can have on rectifying wrongs caused by powerful entities.
As the leading lawyer in class action lawsuits, Adv. Levy specializes in tax-related class actions and shared valuable insights into the intricacies of this legal avenue.
Adv. Doron Levy's Perspective:
"It makes no sense for an individual to file a claim against a large entity for a small amount, but collectively, the sums can reach tens of millions of shekels and even more.
"A class action lawsuit is a powerful mechanism where individuals unite to represent all those harmed by the actions of a particular entity. In the realm of class actions, cumulative damages, even if seemingly small on an individual level, can amass to substantial sums, providing a compelling case for justice.
"For example, I once filed a class action lawsuit against Israel Electric Corporation for charging an excess of three agorot per kilowatt-hour. While three agorot is a seemingly insignificant amount, cumulatively, it amounted to a staggering 10 billion shekels. This illustrates how even the smallest amounts can lead to significant financial redress when united in a class action lawsuit."
Challenges and Opportunities:
"Managing a diverse group of plaintiffs with different interests poses a challenge, but we can generally find common ground. The power of the law in defending citizens' rights is exemplified by our ability to navigate through challenges and bring about justice through class action lawsuits."
Class Actions Against the State:
"Yes, it has been possible to file class action lawsuits against the state since 2006. However, it's crucial to note that the grounds for such lawsuits against the state are limited. Nevertheless, class actions against the state play a vital role, particularly in areas such as tax collection and mandatory payments not collected in accordance with the law."
Settlements and Legal Approval:
"The outcomes of class action lawsuits are not always definitive. Settlements can be reached involving partial payments or the cessation of wrongful behavior by the defendant. It's essential to highlight that any agreement reached must undergo court scrutiny and approval to become legally binding."
"The ability to file class action lawsuits illustrates the power of the law in defending citizens' rights. This legal avenue ensures that even giant corporations, with abundant resources, are not above the law and are constantly under scrutiny."