Jacubovich v. The State of Israel et al.
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Counsel to the State of Israel, which was named as a defendant in a claim for payment of proceeds under the Israel Bonds Program, which the plaintiffs allege to have been wrongfully paid to a corporation controlled by their estranged grandfather. LOLG was successful in a motion to stay the proceeding for lack of jurisdiction. The Court adopted LOLG’s arguments and found that Ontario should not become a “hosting court” for international disputes that have no real connection to the jurisdiction. The Court also agreed with LOLG that Israel is clearly the more appropriate forum for the plaintiffs’ claim, in view of the location of the witnesses, application of Israeli law, and enforcement considerations.