WAMCA: imperfections come to the surface

Dutch courts have not yet developed procedural rules for the WAMCA, the new Dutch regime for collective redress. This adds to pre-existing uncertainty around many procedural aspects of this new law. In my recent editorial for the Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Burgerlijk Recht (Dutch Civil Law Review, only accessible with a WoltersKluwer Navigator subscription), I discuss recent court decisions and identify … Read more

Limitation in case of a deliberately hidden claim

Dutch law provides for an extension of the limitation period in relation to claims that were “deliberately hidden” from the creditor (article 3:321 (f) Dutch Civil Code). The extension also applies if the debtor deliberately hid the fact that the claim had become due and payable (upon fulfilment of a certain condition, for example). It is, however, unclear what kind … Read more

EU Council suggests fundamental changes to proposal for Directive on representative actions

The proposed text for a Directive on representative actions for the protection of the collective interests of consumers has radically changed – again. In April 2018, the European Commission launched its New Deal for Consumers, aimed at strengthening the enforcement of consumer law throughout the European Union. Part of this legislative programme was a proposal for a Directive on representative … Read more

Big Data and collective redress in the Netherlands – changes to Dutch law necessary?

The rise of big data poses all kinds of legal challenges for society. The Dutch government and Parliament are currently exploring whether or not the Dutch collective redress mechanism suffices for claiming damages following violations of data protection law. Recent reports commissioned by the Dutch government have proposed changes to this collective redress mechanism; in this blog, we set out … Read more

Termination of an agreement: compelling grounds?

When does a reason given for termination of an agreement qualify as a compelling ground? That was the central question in the Dutch Supreme Court’s decision of 29 March 2019 (ECLI:NL:HR:2019:446). Depending on the nature of the agreement and the circumstances of the case, termination may only take place under certain conditions, e.g. only on compelling grounds. The Dutch Civil … Read more

Legislative proposal on mass damages claims approved by the Dutch Senate

On 19 March 2019, the Dutch Senate approved the legislative proposal that introduces collective actions for damages under article 3:305a of the Dutch Civil Code (DCC). As the legislative proposal did not give rise to any debate in the Senate, it was passed without a vote. The legislative proposal will have a significant impact on the litigation climate in the … Read more

Stibbe Litigators participate in consultation draft bill to modernise the law of evidence

Members of Stibbe’s Commercial Litigation practice group have participated in the public consultation of a draft bill to modernise and simplify the law of evidence in civil procedure. An overview of the draft proposal was provided previously on this blog by Petra Vos and Daan Barbiers. The main goal of the draft bill is to enhance truth seeking in civil … Read more

Can an SPV be misled before it exists?

Transactions are regularly structured through special purpose vehicles (SPVs). An SPV is often established at the end of the negotiations, just before signing the agreement. The other party to the agreement provides information and raises certain expectations during the negotiations. The individuals negotiating for the SPV do not necessarily become officers of the SPV once it is established. Examples of … Read more

Stibbe hosts annual authors’ conference of the Dutch Company Law Monthly Review (Maandblad voor Ondernemingsrecht)

Each year Maandblad voor Ondernemingsrecht (MvO), a Dutch monthly review of company law, invites its past and prospective authors for an annual meet & greet. This year’s meeting will take place on 21 September 2017 and will be combined with a conference on company law. The speakers and subjects are: Frans Overkleeft – The position of shareholders in listed companies … Read more