Y.Muszkat is one of Israel’s leading libel and media law firms. Founded by Yoram Muszkat in 1971, the firm consults, represents and supports Israel’s largest media organizations including (Israel Broadcasting Authority, financial newspaper Globes, and the News1 website) in commercial and libel lawsuits, as well as leading commercial bodies including Industrial Buildings, ONil Construction, TNT Group and more. The firm is involved in commercial litigation in all jurisdictions and sectors: libel and media law (including Internet), civil, commercial, and administrative law, real estate law, labor law, planning and construction, commercial real estate, IP, local authority law, and representation and support of international deals and providing legal consultancy regarding international law.
The Firm’s Lawyers
Adv. Yoram Muszkat – Graduate of the Hebrew University. Licensed to practice law since 1971. Published the monthly magazine Monitin. Specializes in comprehensive legal consultancy on the media, copyright, libel, real estate, planning and construction, and local authority matters. Extensive experience in court appearances and drawing up international contracts.
Adv. Orian Eshkoli-Yahalom – Graduate of the Law school of the College of Management and Member of the Israel Bar since 1998. An articled clerk at Lieblich-Moser, she joined the firm in 1999 and is involved in media law including representation, real estate, commercial lawsuits, commercial contracts and copyright. She also provides routine consultancy.
Adv. Shira Reich – Graduate of the Hebrew University’s Law Faculty and a Member of the Israel Bar since 1998. An articled clerk at Lieblich-Moser, she joined the firm in 2000 and is involved in commercial law, specializing in real estate, labor law and international courier law. She also provides routine consultancy.
Adv. Menachem Avraham – Graduate of Haifa University’s Law Faculty and a Member of the Israel Bar since 2008. He came to Y. Muszkat in 2006 before his clerkship and continued through to 2008 when he joined as a lawyer. He is engaged in civil and commercial litigation and specializes in press law and libel, labor law, local authority law, and IP. He also provides routine consultancy.
Adv. Sharon Spinat-Searay, consultant - Graduate of Tel Aviv University law school and a member of the Israel Bar since 1995 and of the Law Society of England and Wales since 2002. Adv. Spinat-Searay joined the firm in 1995 and was a partner. During the years 2008-2013 Adv.Spinat-Searay was involved in business and social ventures and today she is a special consultant to the firm. Adv. Spinat-Searay specializes in media law, libel and copyrights, commercial litigation and contracts.
Areas of Practice
The firm’s areas of practice include litigation on commercial law, real estate, planning and construction, handling libel law, copyright and media, environment and representing local authorities as well as routine consultancy to public and private bodies.
Notable Legal Achievements
The firm has taken part in, as advisor or representative for clients, many of the country’s main cases and significant precedent-setting achievements including: Globes v Telegraph and Mati Golan; Haaretz v Ifat (press cuttings co.) – an innovative precedent in copyright; Logistical Services v Sahar Marine Service – a precedent on trade secrets; Masof v Postal Authority – lack of goodwill of a public authority in conducting negotiations; High Court Appeal by Globes and journalist Yoav Yitzhak v TASE and others; High Court Appeal by Globes and journalist Yoav Yitzhak v Attorney General Yosef Harish and others; Herzliya Marina v marine engineers – precedent for professional responsibility of engineers; declarative ruling about the rights of veteran members of Kibbutz Glil Yam and their heirs; ruling about debts of elected local authority officials regarding Zion Hava; journalistic immunity – regarding Dr. Shlomo Cohen v Globes; revealing documents regarding Dubek; SuperPharm v Gabi Gazit; David Spektor v Globes; Carmel Vernia v Globes and more.
The firm also acted for clients in three precedent setting rulings about law relating to the Internet:
Weintraub v Globes – where it was ruled that a website does not have the obligation to follow, monitor and remove talkbacks that slur people mentioned on the site. In the case of Aviv Bushinsky v The Marker, the firm won a precedent setting ruling that a website is bound to remove an article from its online archives that was part of a libel case by the client in addition to the financial compensation he was granted. Concerning the use of the RSS Protocol, Regarding Adv. Apeldorf v Yoav Yitzhak, Yitzhak used the RSS Protocol to extract information from Adv. Apeldorf’s blog, as well as spreading its content. In this case, it was ruled that Adv. Apeldorf gave permission to use the information, however, not defining in the RSS Protocol what information may be extracted. It was also ruled that Yoav Yitzhak’s website reserves its protection rights.
The Firm’s Clients
The firm represents many media, industrial, real estate and advertising companies, and local authorities. Clients include Industrial Buildings, Globes, the Russian Justice Ministry, Or Yehuda-Azor Planning and Construction Commission, Israel Broadcasting Authority, Migdal/Shamgar Insurance, ONeil Construction, Ituran, Israel Post Newspaper, Club Hotel, Azur Local Council, T.N.T. Express Worldwide (Israel) Ltd., G Systems Solar Systems Ltd., E.F.I Nativ Development Ltd., Inbal Insurance, Oil and Energy Industry Co., Power Card, CTV, Muse, Haifa Port Ltd. and more.
The firm receives ongoing consultancy from Muszkat Consultants managed by Daniel Muszkat LL.B., who has extensive experience in international deals, recruiting investors and financing bodies and creating interaction between them. Daniel Muszkat served as an authorized agent of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), a member of the World Bank Group with an experienced background in international deals. He promotes deals for investors in developing countries while reducing risks including political risks.