By Dr Angelika Baumhof & Christian Pflaeger, Jakoby Dr Baumhof
Why go to court and transfer the case to a mediating judge? Does that make sense? The German Civil Procedure Code allows the parties to suspend the civil procedure and have the case transferred to a different judge who has undergone specific mediation training upon mutual agreement.
By Dr Angelika Baumhof & Christian Pflaeger, Jakoby Dr Baumhof
By Michiel Teekens, TeekensKarstens advocaten notarissen
The new Regulation (EU) No 1215/2012 on jurisdiction and the recognition of judgments in civil and commercial matters (Recast Regulation) applies to proceedings commenced in the courts of the European Union’s Member States from 10 January 2015 and amends the better known Brussels Regulation, (EC) No 44/2001. Some changes are significant:
By Seiichi Yoshikawa, Koga & Partners
In Japan, a new statute on conflict of laws was promulgated in 2006. Under the new law, the governing law on contract is the law that the parties have selected, and if the parties have not so selected, the law of the place which has the most significant relationship with the contract.
By Jean Lemoine and Francis P. Donovan, Ravinsky Ryan Lemoine, L.L.P.
Restrictive covenants such as noncompetition and non-solicitation clauses have become a common feature in employment contracts, contracts for the sale of a business and a variety of other commercial transactions. In Canada, Courts are generally more inclined to consider such covenants as being excessive – and therefore invalid – in employment matters than in business matters. However, what of the very common hybrid situation in which the seller of a business remains for a time as an employee after the sale?
By Prof. Dr. Renate Dendorfer-Ditges & Philipp Wilhelm, DITGES PartGmbB
Mediation is increasingly considered as an alternative to settle commercial cross-border disputes. Regularly the question is raised whether the result of mediation will be enforceable. In this respect, it is advisable to draft the final agreement enforceable according to the law of that state in which enforcement is expected, e. g. as a notarial deed (see sec 794 para 1 no 5 German Code of Civil Procedure/ZPO), a settlement reached among attorneys (see sec 796a, sec 796b ZPO), or a settlement concluded by the parties before a court (see sec 794 para 1 no 1 ZPO).
By Patrizia Giannini, S4B Solutions 4 Business
Part 1 of this topic was presented last year, addressing the applicable conventions, institutions and procedure, putting the “key in the ignition” - Part 2 continues our road trip.
By Jonathan Agmon, Soroker - Agmon Advocates
As various new generic top level domains (gTLD) come into play new alternative dispute resolution mechanisms come into effect to deal with new dispute resolution load and the changing domain name space. At present some 20 gTLD comprise the entire gTLD space. These have been operating for many years, the most known among them are the .com, .net and .org domain name spaces.
By Nicholas Scott and Eleanor Hassani, Memery Crystal
In the recent case of OMV Petrom SA v Glencore International AG  EWHC 666 (Comm), Flaux J, sitting in the Commercial Court, had to determine the correct measure of damages in a case where the seller, Glencore, had fraudulently delivered crude oil of a blend which differed from that specified in the contract. The Court determined that the correct measure of damages was the difference between the price paid for the shipments and the actual value of what was delivered as at the date of delivery. Although the case arises in the context of oil trading, the principles are applicable to all fraud claims, regardless of subject matter.
By Nick Scott, Memery Crystal
International commercial arbitration is fast becoming the most popular means of dispute resolution for multinationals, particularly where one of the contractual counter-parties is a government or parastatal entity. The London Court of International Arbitration recorded a new high of 301 cases in 2013, up 10% from 2012, which may be down to arbitration’s more effective international enforcement regime. Figures for 2014 are not yet available but are thought likely to continue this upward trend. This is a high-level summary of the advantages and disadvantages of arbitration when compared with litigation in England, which should be considered by in-house lawyers and commercial decision makers when deciding on the most appropriate dispute resolution procedure at the time of entering into a contract.
By Dr. Attila Kovács, Kovács Réti Szegheõ Attorneys at Law
As of 1 July the rules of the Hungarian Act III of 1952 on the Code of Civil Procedure (“CPC”) provides for comprehensive changes in civil proceedings, including bankruptcy and liquidation procedures. While electronic communication with the court of registration for companies has already been institutionalized in 2008, and while the orders for payment procedures are handled electronically since 2009, the – in most cases – obligatory communication by electronic means in civil proceeding as of 1 July 2015 will be the next step to the “paperless” legal procedures.
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