Landmark ruling clears way for company based in Tel Aviv to seize competitor's data

In a landmark ruling, Tel Aviv Labor Court judge Dina Efrati granted an Anton-Pillar order allowing a Tel Aviv-based company to enter the premises of a competitor with which it has a legal battle to seize its documents.

By AVI KRAWITZ
December 13, 2006 07:19

In a landmark ruling, Tel Aviv Labor Court judge Dina Efrati granted an Anton-Pillar order allowing a Tel Aviv-based company to enter the premises of a competitor with which it has a legal battle to seize its documents. The court appointed liquidator Moshe Bar to seize documents from branding company BLI (Bratz Licensing Israel), owned by Amos Chachmon, Avi Eldar and Shai Nesher after Chachmon had left his previous employment at LDI (Licensing Dynamics International) to establish BLI with his partners, taking a major client, MGA, with him. LDI, a subsidiary of Mapal Communications, requested that the court search BLI offices for documents that it said would prove Chachmon took with him trade secrets relating to LDI's international clients such as MGA, Marvel, McDonald's and others, thus causing it harm. Previous attempts in Israel to issue an Anton-Pillar order have failed, the most famous case being cable company seize documents from competitor Yes over a dispute they had. Efrati also denied the appeal to cancel the decision, thus obligating BLI to give its documents to LDI.


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