Lack of scientific debate before the French courts: current main disadvantage for companies’ defenseCompanies doing business in France are currently facing a detrimental paradox: while the precautionary principle, which is supposed to be triggered by scientific evidence, is increasingly used against them, scientific debate has disappeared before the French courts as line of defense
There is a lot of talk these days about pipeline, about targets for female partners, directors and the like. In my own firm, Hogan Lovells, globally women comprise 23 per cent of partners and 53 per cent of associates and other lawyers. In finance women comprise 14 per cent of partners. We have a...
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Under French Law, and more specifically the French Social Security Code, "when an [occupational] accident is caused by the gross negligence of the employer […], the victim or his/her beneficiaries are entitled to obtain...
In Spain, there are several legal texts that could be applicable to resolve compensation derived from an air accident. Each one of those legal texts regulates different maximum terms to exercise the civil liability action in order to claim for the compensation derived from an air accident. Spanish...
The UPC is coming
In the advent of the Unitary Patent patent holders, in Germany and elsewhere in Europe, ask themselves what the future will bring. It's not the continuing uncertainty about the fee schedule, but first and foremost the question of the right choice. Some patentees have gotten so...
The Spanish economy grew in 2013 at its fastest pace in almost six years, raising well-grounded hopes that the country is finally on the road to recovery. Even if the insurance sector had resisted the crisis strongly, these prospects are welcomed by insurers and mediators who have lived through...
The German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof - BGH) has referred to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) the question as to whether producers can be held liable for suspected defects.
The ruling of the ECJ on this question might influence many rulings on product liability law. The question...
Historically product liability arose from case law based on the general law of obligations, in particular, civil tort liability. It implied a fault of the manufacturer or distributor in the design or manufacture of the product, a loss, most of the time bodily injury, and a causal link between the...
Peter A Ivanick Hogan Lovells New York
From the US Supreme Court to the Treasury Department to insolvency forums, including state courts in insurance insolvency cases, 2013–2014 developments were significant.
The US Treasury Department, through the Financial Stability Oversight Council, designated a...