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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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News: 30 MARCH 2020

Paul Keller rejoins Allen & Overy as partner in intellectual property litigation practice

Allen & Overy today announced that Paul Keller has rejoined the firm as a partner in the litigation practice, based in New York. His return underscores Allen & Overy’s commitment to building a premier global IP litigation practice by investing in the U.S. and matching recent hires across Europe and China. 

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Publications: 30 MARCH 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus - force majeure, imprévision/hardship and emergency legislation on contracts under French law in light of the Covid-19 pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic and its consequences are having a major and sudden impact on economic activities and in particular the conditions in which contracts are being performed.

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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 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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