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by Androvett Legal Media & Marketing at 10:05:00 am

For 10 years, trial attorney Mark Werbner of Sayles Werbner made it his mission to hold Arab Bank responsible for providing financial support to groups designated by the United States as Foreign Terrorist Organizations, resulting in a landmark victory for nearly 300 American victims of terrorism and their families.

Mr. Werbner will discuss his role in Linde, et al. v. Arab Bank PLC in a presentation titled, “Fighting Terror-Financing in the Courtroom,” on Jan. 11 during the State Bar of Texas Litigation Update Institute’s 34th annual course.

In 2014, a jury in New York sided with Mr. Werbner, finding Jordan-based Arab Bank responsible for providing financial services to Hamas for 24 terror attacks during the “Second Intifada” in Israel and the Palestinian territories. The verdict was the culmination of a lawsuit filed in 2004. The case marked the first liability verdict against a foreign bank for violating the federal Anti-Terrorism Act.

“So many families had lost loved ones and felt powerless to seek any kind of justice,” said Mr. Werbner. “There was so much violence that was occurring. And, I really felt this case was something that would make a difference, and it met my expectations in that regard.”

The U.S. Supreme Court is currently reviewing Jesner  v. Arab Bank, a related case that could clarify if corporations can be sued for international law violations under the Alien Tort Statute of 1789 (ATS).

For more information, please contact Sophia Reza at 800-559-4534 or sophia@androvett.com.

by Androvett Legal Media & Marketing at 12:00:00 pm

High-profile sexual harassment scandals involving the entertainment, politics and media fields are spurring businesses everywhere to take a closer look at their policies and training programs. In many cases, employers are finding that generic policies with cut-and-paste legal text and one-size-fits-all instructional videos are simply not doing enough to connect with employees and address key issues. With careers at stake – not to mention the reputations of entire companies – employers are re-examining workplace culture, training, complaint procedures and everything in between, says employment attorney Audrey Mross of Dallas’ Munck Wilson Mandala. For example, businesses are finding that live training provides a more interactive experience that resonates with workers. “Previously, many employers thought showing an off-the-shelf training video would be sufficient, but the interactivity of live training does a better job of ensuring that key concepts are fully understood.”

In addition, training is moving beyond a focus purely on harassment to address problems including rudeness, poor judgment and disrespect toward co-workers. States are moving in a similar direction with a recent amendment to California law requiring harassment training to include bullying. “I am a big fan of moving beyond a recitation of the applicable law to delving into actual examples to help workers begin to understand where the line is between acceptable and unacceptable behavior,” says Ms. Mross, who frequently makes presentations to businesses on workplace policies and employment law. “I’ve found that this is what triggers an ‘aha’ moment for many, and often individuals will speak up and share their own experiences with their peers in the training session. When attendees are hearing the message from both the trainer and their fellow workers, it really starts to resonate.”

For more information or to set up an interview, contact Robert Tharp at 800-559-4534 or Robert@androvett.com.