Hedge Funds vs. Porsche: Litigation Gravitates to Hannover

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In a decision today, the Braunschweig district court (Landgericht) has transferred two cases* brought by hedge funds investors against Porsche to the Hannover district court. The claimants are pursuing damages claims against Porsche related to Porsche’s attempt to take over Volkswagen.       Continue reading

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Goethe Universität Frankfurt: German & International Arbitration, Summer Term 2015

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Goethe University’s law school again offers a Summer Programme on German and International Arbitration. Here is from the course description:

“Trying to find out about commercial arbitration, but didn’t know how? This Goethe University Curriculum provides you with a comprehensive introduction to the theory and practice of German and international commercial arbitration. Some of the most eminent arbitration specialists from major international law firms offer their profound knowledge and experience in a lecture series in German and English. One semester, every week, in the early evening hours, for a maximum of 30 highly motivated participants.” Continue reading

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Sports Arbitration – Bremen Court of Appeals Grants Access to Courts, Finds FIFA Compensation Rules Illegal

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The Pechstein decision of the Munich Court of Appeals (Oberlandesgericht) of January 15, 2015 has made headlines. The Munich court refused to recognize an arbitral award of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), since it held the underlying arbitration agreement between Claudia Pechstein, the speed skater, and her sport’s governing body to be invalid. Just two weeks earlier, another German Court of Appeals also had held a CAS award to be unenforceable. The Bremen Court of Appeals on December 30, 2014 found in favour of SV Wilhelmshaven, a northern German amateur football club, in its dispute with FIFA and the German Football Association, DFB. Continue reading

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IBA Annual Litigation Forum: Challenges of Corporate Litigation in a Global Economy, Paris, April 15-17, 2015

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This year’s IBA Litigation Forum will be held at the Maison du Barreau in Paris on April 15-17, 2015.  The early registration discount expires on March 6, 2015. I plan to be there, and hope to meet some readers as well! The topics will include: Continue reading

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Sports Arbitration: Pechstein/CAS Update – English Translation of Munich Judgment

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Last month, the judgment of the Munich Court of Appeals (Oberlandesgericht) that held the arbitral award of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Claudia Pechstein’s doping case to be unenforceable has attracted a lot of attention internationally. It has been called  “ground-breaking”, “earth-shaking” and “revolutionary”. Antoine Duval of the T.M.C. Asser Instituut has done a great job and produced an English translation of the judgment, available at SSRN. I am sure that the translation is of great interest to large parts of the international arbitration community. I also hope that it helps to dispel some misconceptions about the judgment’s percieved hostility to sports arbitration. Here is Antoine’s take on the judgment: Continue reading

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Best German Blawgs 2015 – Voting Now Open!

Johannes Zöttl, the editor of Kartellblog, is looking for Germany’s Best Blawgs 2015, or, as we say in German, for  the Beste Jurablog. Voting is open until March 11, 2015. This blog has been nominated in the litigation category. Have a look at the nominated blawgs, it is a great overview of the German legal blogging community. And if you like this blog, please cast your vote in the Blawg Poll 2015.

 

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