Freedom, Security and Justice - Communication on new action plan adopted by the Commission

The Commission's DG Freedom, Security and Justice announced its plan of action for the next five years on 10 June 2009. The Stockholm Programme, as it has become known, is now going to be discussed in the European Parliament and is due to be adopted by the European Council in late 2009. Click here for more details about the Plan in our ResournceCentre.


Jackson Costs Review - Preliminary Report Out

On 8th May Lord Justice Jackson produced the Preliminary Report on his Review of Costs of Litigation. This very comphrehensive Report completes phase 1 of the Review. The Report reviews the present costs arrangements in England and Wales, including court fees and lawyers' fees, as well as the arrangements in some other legal systems (for example - Germany). Stakeholders are invited to submit responses, including any data, suggestions for improvements, and any other comments - by 31st July 2009.

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DG SANCO's consultation paper for discussion on collective consumer redress

On 8 May DG SANCO produced a follow-up to its Green Paper on Consumer Collective Redress. The new consultation - discussion paper - presents the first look at impact of the policy options, drafted on the basis of the responses to the Green Paper. The responses indicate that no single option provided in the Green Paper is satisfactory for achieving the objectives of improving access to effective means of redress for mass consumer claims in the EU, and improving the functioning of the internal market by making it more competitive. Rather, a common trend emerging from the responses is that a combination of several instruments is the best way forward!

Stakeholders are invited to provide further information, examples, and possibly figures to assist the Commission - the document will be discussed at the hearing on 29 May 2009. Stakeholders (consumer associations, businesses, public authorities) are invited to respond with data, examples or figures concerning the proposals presented by the Commission by 3 July 2009. Click here for a link to the SANCO website with more information about the Consultation.

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Significant increase in Securities Litigation against banks in the US – is it transferrable to Europe?

Two recent research reports by the Cornerstone Research and the Stanford Law School Securities Class Action Clearinghouse noted an increase in securities class litigation against banks, and a decrease in a number and value of securities settlements during 2008. Although the Reports suggest that this does not indicate a stable trend, there is no doubt that the current financial crisis has triggered changes in litigation patterns.

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Report and Green Paper on Brussels I Regulation

On 21 April 2009 the Commission published a Report and Green Paper on the application of the Council Regulation (EC) No 44/2001 on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgements in civil and commercial matters. The Commission invited all interested parties to submit their observations about the Green Paper by 30 June 2009.

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