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Class Actions and Group Litigation

We have seen a significant number of class action claims arising from alleged securities law violations, misselling in the financial services sector, shareholder activism, antitrust follow-on damages and bankruptcy cases.

We offer our clients a significant and competitive advantage in this area through our global footprint – we have experience in virtually every significant jurisdiction in handling and resolving class actions. Experience shows that this global footprint can be very effective for our clients as the risk of class actions spreads across Europe and elsewhere. Our team consists of litigation, securities, competition and other experts from across our global practice.

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Publications: 10 FEBRUARY 2020

Liability for breaches of sanctions: financiers, lessors and charterers beware, OFAC settles claims against Apollo and Eagle Bulk

Two recent settlements in the United States have highlighted the risks for parties involved in aviation and shipping of incurring liabilities for a breach of sanctions.  

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Publications: 28 JANUARY 2020

Top UK finance litigation and contract law developments in 2019

This is a round-up of the most interesting finance litigation and contractual developments in 2019. The selection is necessarily subjective and draws from a wide range of cases and developments that are of direct relevance to finance parties.

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Publications: 28 JANUARY 2020

Culture, compliance, and corporate governance in the new decade

This year marks the beginning of a new decade, challenging us to look back at the progress and innovation the business community has made with regard to compliance and corporate governance, but also to look ahead to the 2020s and what will be required of companies to thrive in an increasingly diverse and global consumer market. 

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Publications: 28 NOVEMBER 2018

Employer vicariously liable for rogue employee’s data breach

An employer was held by the Court of Appeal to be vicariously liable for a rogue employee’s deliberate and criminal disclosure of the personal data of other employees.  This was despite the employee’s aim being to harm the employer – rather than for any personal gain or to injure third parties – and the fact that the employer had not itself breached data protection legislation. The retailer has said it will seek permission to appeal to the Supreme Court: WM Morrison Supermarkets PLC v Various Claimants [2018] EWCA Civ 2339

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A brief look at topical issues in contract law

A blog where experts from Allen & Overy analyse the latest contract law themes and developments, and what they mean for your business.

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