Dortmund Court Grants Pakistani Workers Legal Aid to Pursue Tort Claims Against German Textile Importer

Das-Landgericht---Aussenansicht_thumb_250Today, the District Court (Landgericht) Dortmund announced that it had granted four Pakistani plaintiffs, who are either victims or relatives of victims of a fire in a textile factory in Karachi, legal aid (Prozesskostenhilfe) to pursue their damages claims against KiK, a German textile retailer, in the German courts. On September 11, 2012, fire broke out during the late afternoon shift at a factory in Karachi and killed nearly 300 people. It was reported that hundreds of workers were trapped inside the factory, as the building had metal grilles on the windows and no fire exits. KiK did not operate the factory directly or indirectly, but sourced goods from the Pakistani operator of the factory (see here for the BBC’s coverage of the incident). Continue reading

Costs in International Arbitration, IBA Conference, June 18/19, 2014 Munich

IBA LOGOThe IBA Arbitration Committee devots a one-day conference to Costs in International Arbitration. The programme will kick off with a keynote speech by Gerhard Wagner, Humboldt Universität, Berlin, on Costs of Arbitration Proceedings. Panels will then cover

  • Advance on cost
  • Security for cost
  • Reimbursement and allocation of cost
  • Third Party Funding

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Reform of the Costs Regime: Substantial Increase of German Court and Legal Fees

In its last session before the summer recess on July 5, 2013, and hence the last session of this parliament ahead of the general elections in September 2013, the German lawmakers passed a host of new laws. As items 68 and 69 on the packed agenda, the Upper Chamber (Bundesrat) approved the compromise reached in the mediation committee (Vermittlungsausschuss) of the Upper and the Lower House (Bundestag) on court and legal fees. Continue reading