European Union Agrees Rules to Manage Investor-State Disputes

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This is from last week’s press release issued by the European Commission: “The European Union today took an important step towards creating a comprehensive EU investment policy, with the publication of a Regulation setting out a new set of rules to manage disputes under the EU’s investment agreements with its trading partners. The rules – set out in the Regulation on financial responsibility under future investor-to-state disputes – are a necessary component of a common EU investment policy. Continue reading

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IBA Conference on Hot Topics in European Cross- Border Commercial Disputes, Milan, September 11-12, 2014

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This conference in Milan may be of interest to you. It is organized by the IBA Litigation Committee, and will cover these “hot topics”:

  • Brussels I Recast: New Rules on Jurisdiction and Enforcement – And What About Arbitration?
  • Enforcement of Choice-of Court Agreements: Solving Old Problems and Facing New Issues, From Torpedoes and Anti-Suit Injunctions to Unilateral Jurisdiction Clauses
  • Jurisdiction Topics in Cross-Border Financial Disputes: ECJ and National Recent Case Law

Here is a link to the programme and the registration details.

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Porsche/Volkswagen Takeover: Sentence for Former Porsche CFO Upheld by Federal Supreme Court

As part of our coverage of the Porsche/Volkswagen saga, we also try to keep track of the criminal proceedings it triggered. Today’s FAZ (print only) reports that in April 2014, the Federal Supreme Court (Bundesgerichtshof) upheld the sentence against Holger Härter, the former Porsche CFO, for credit deception (Kreditbetrug). Continue reading

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Art Law: Düsseldorf Court Saves Fake Immendorf Painting From Death Row

In October 2012, the Düsseldorf District Court (Landgericht) ordered the destruction of a fake painting by Jörg Immendorf. Its decision was based on a provision in the German Copyright Act (Urhebergesetz), pursuant to which forged works of art can be destroyed on the basis of a court order. This decision has now been set aside by the Court of Appeals (Oberlandesgericht) Düsseldorf.

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