This case was last updated from U.S. District Courts on 11/23/2022 at 13:53:36 (UTC).


Case Summary

On November 21 , 2022, Tamar Ben Haim (“Plaintiff”), represented by Lawrence Marc Zell of Zell & Associates International Advocates, LLC, filed a personal injury lawsuit against John Doe (“Defendant”), seeking declaratory relief and damages for an alleged assault by Defendant. This case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia District.

In the complaint, the plaintiff stated, “On the evening of July 12, 2022, Tamar was walking to her home in the Nachlaot neighborhood of Jerusalem, Israel.”

Plaintiff claimed that “As Tamar was walking, she was looking at her cellphone, reviewing and responding to text messages. At approximately 1 AM, Tamar lifted her head and saw Defendant John Doe suddenly approached her from the opposite direction of the alleyway.”

The plaintiff alleged, “Upon reaching her, Defendant, suddenly and without warning, began to physically assault her. Defendant held Tamar tightly, hit her on her chest repeatedly, slapped her, causing her earring and earphone to fall to the ground.”

Plaintiff further alleged that “During the assault Tamar believed that Defendant, who was armed with a handgun, intended to kill her.”

Plaintiff also alleged that “Finally, an individual who Defendant was with but apparently took no part in the assault, forcefully removed Defendant away from Tamar. Defendant then left the scene.”

The plaintiff alleged, “Immediately afterwards, Tamar called the Israeli police and filed a formal complaint. The police took Defendant into custody for several hours. However, Defendant was ultimately released and sent back to the United States.”

Plaintiff claimed, “After the assault, Tamar learned of the fact that Defendant John Doe was an agent in the employ of the United States Secret Service who was a member of the Secret Service advance team preparing for President Joe Biden’s visit to Israel in July of 2022.”

The plaintiff alleged, “As a direct and proximate result of Defendant’s assault and battery as aforesaid, Tamar has been caused severe psychological and physical injury, requiring extensive psychiatric and medical therapy with possible permanent injury.”

The plaintiff then alleged, “As a direct and proximate result of Defendant’s assault and battery as aforesaid, Tamar is suffering from insomnia and sleep disorders, as well as anxiety, depression and fatigue. Immediately after the assault and as a consequence thereof, Tamar was diagnosed with Acute Stress Reaction.”

The plaintiff claimed, “Months after the assault, Tamar continues to suffer various forms of anxiety, depression and fatigue. Tamar is required to regularly attend psychiatric and

psychological therapy and is likely suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.”

Plaintiff presented two claims for relief, including the alleged assault and battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress. 

In the prayer for relief, the plaintiff requested a judgement for declaratory relief and an award for compensatory damages, punitive damages, costs, and reasonable attorney’s fees. 

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Case Details

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  • Case Status:

    Pending - Other Pending

  • Case Type:

    Personal Injury - Assault/Battery/Defamation


Party Details


Tamar Ben Haim


John Doe

Attorney/Law Firm Details

Plaintiff Attorney

Lawrence Marc Zell

34 Ben Yehuda Street, 15Th Floor


Court Documents

1 #1

Main Document

1 #1

Civil Cover Sheet

2 #2

Main Document

2 #1

Memorandum in Support

2 #2

Exhibit A- Subpoena

2 #3

Exhibit B- Letter of Request


(#3) CIVIL COVER SHEET by Tamar Ben Haim filed by Tamar Ben Haim.(Zell, Lawrence) (Entered: 11/22/2022)


Docket Entries

  • 11/22/2022
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  • Docket(#3) CIVIL COVER SHEET by Tamar Ben Haim filed by Tamar Ben Haim.(Zell, Lawrence) (Entered: 11/22/2022)

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  • 11/22/2022
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  • Docket(#2) MOTION for Discovery prior to Rule 26(f) conference, MOTION to Issue Subpoena , MOTION Appointment of Commissioner and Issuance of Letters Rogatory pursuant to 26 U.S.C. s. 1781 by Tamar Ben Haim. (Attachments: #1 Memorandum in Support, #2 Exhibit A- Subpoena, #3 Exhibit B- Letter of Request)(Zell, Lawrence) (Entered: 11/22/2022)

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  • 11/22/2022
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  • DocketNOTICE OF ERROR re #1 Complaint; emailed to, cc'd 1 associated attorneys -- The PDF file you docketed contained errors: 1. Incorrect coversheet. Please use the cover sheet at & file using the event Civil Cover Sheet., 2. COMPLIANCE DEADLINE is by close of business today. This case will not proceed any further until all errors are satisfied. (Langford, Marquia) (Entered: 11/22/2022)

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  • 11/21/2022
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  • Docket(#1) COMPLAINT against Tamar Ben Haim with Jury Demand ( Filing fee $ 402 receipt number ADCDC-9685362) filed by Tamar Ben Haim. (Attachments: #1 Civil Cover Sheet)(Zell, Lawrence) (Entered: 11/21/2022)

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