What You Read in 2012 – The Top Ten Posts

As the year comes to an end, I looked back at what posts were most popular in 2012. The top post was on Oracle v. Usedsoft, an ECJ landmark case on used software, and hence arguably somewhat “off topic” for this blog.

Litigation proper occupies the second, forth, sixth and tenth place, with posts on Third Party Litigation Funding: Movement in the German Marketplace, International Litigation and Arbitration Trends: A Survey of Surveys, a look at Germany’s Supreme Court Bar, and, finally, securities litigation: Frankfurt Courts Limit Scope of New Bond Act.

Investment arbitration features in third, fifth and seventh place, with Frankfurt Court of Appeals Upholds Arbitration Clause in BIT Arbitration: Eureko v. Slovak Republic, Transparency in Investment Treaty Arbitration and Atomic Arbitration on Vattenfall’s action against Germany.

Mediation features twice, with no. 8, German Mediation Act – Final Compromise and no. 9, How Lawyers Affect Mediation.

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Art Law: Auction House Liable in Sale of Fake Expressionist Painting – Update

In an earlier post, I had written about a judgment of the District Court (Landgericht) Cologne that had held the Lempertz auction house liable in relation to the sale of a Campendonk painting forged by Wolfgang Beltracchi. The court ordered Lempertz to hold the buyer harmless for the purchase price in the order of EUR 2.9 Million.   Continue reading

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Human Rights Day

Today ist Human Rights Day. It commemorates the day when in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Amnesty International invites everyone to mark the Human Rights Day by taking part in “Write for Rights”, Amnesty International’s global letter writing marathon. Here’s from Amnesty International:

“This year, we are writing letters, sending SMS messages, taking action online as well as hosting and participating in a variety of events to demand that the rights of individuals are upheld. If you would like to get involved you can write a letter, send an email or SMS, attend an event, or create your own event. To find out more about events and SMS actions, visit your local Amnesty International section website.

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