Van Stint tot Fipronil: een schadefonds voor gedupeerden van voortvarend overheidsingrijpen in crisissituaties

Op donderdag 7 november 2019 was prof. mr. Pieter van Vollenhoven te gast bij ons op kantoor voor het seminar “Van Stint tot Fipronil: een schadefonds voor gedupeerden van voortvarend overheidsingrijpen in crisissituaties”. In het sprekerspanel met o.a. Berthy van den Broek, Janet van de Bunt, Monique de Groot en Edwin Renzen en ook in de zaal waren de meesten … Read more

Liability of audit firms and accountants towards clients for non-performance of the assignment

The Dutch Supreme Court recently ruled on a case concerning liability of an audit firm towards its client for non-performance of an assignment to provide what is termed a ‘contribution statement’ (ECLI:NL:HR:2019:1447). The outcome was determined by the specific circumstances of the case, and the Supreme Court did not see cause to answer legal questions in view of the uniformity … Read more

Dutch national police service liable for unlawful granting of firearms permit

In a recent decision (ECLI:NL:HR:2019:1409), the Supreme Court has decided that the Dutch national police force is liable for damage suffered by victims of a shooting which took place in a shopping centre in 2011; an event that shocked the Netherlands. The Supreme Court held that the police had unlawfully granted a permit for the firearms used in the shooting. … Read more

Politie aansprakelijk voor schietpartij Alphen aan den Rijn

De politie is aansprakelijk voor de schietpartij in een winkelcentrum Alphen aan den Rijn in 2011. Dat oordeelt de Hoge Raad in zijn arrest van 20 september 2019 (ECLI:NL:HR:2019:1409). Bij deze schietpartij vonden zes mensen de dood en raakten zestien mensen gewond. De dader doodde ook zichzelf. Nabestaanden van dodelijke slachtoffers, slachtoffers die gewond raakten en winkeliers spreken de politie … Read more

Audit firms and accountant’s duty of care towards third parties

The Dutch Supreme Court recently decided (ECLI:NL:HR:2019:744) that the standard for audit firms’ and accountants’ duty of care towards third parties is in essence no different than the general duty of care under Dutch tort law, and ultimately depends on the circumstances of the case. However, the role of accountants in society, their responsibility to serve the general interest, and … Read more

Dutch Supreme Court clarifies evidentiary rules concerning signatures and signed documents

In two recent decisions, the Dutch Supreme Court has clarified the evidentiary power of signed documents. If the signatory unambiguously denies that the signature on the document is his or hers or claims that another party has tampered with the signature (for instance, through forgery or copying a signature from one document and pasting it in another), it is up … Read more

A redundancy payment scheme for a bank manager and court’s obligation to apply statutory provisions ex officio

What if an agreement between parties is in violation of a statutory provision, but the parties do not raise this point in proceedings? Should the court ascertain this violation ex officio and determine whether the contract is void or valid nonetheless (which may be the case under Dutch contract law)? This question was recently submitted to the Dutch Supreme Court … 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

Relativiteit, de correctie-Widdershoven en het keurslijf van het gelijkheidsbeginsel (NTB 2018/19)

Na de introductie van het bestuursrechtelijk relativiteitsvereiste bleef één vraag boven de markt hangen. Dit was de vraag of dit relativiteitsvereiste ook zou moeten worden uitgerust met een correctie-Langemeijer-achtige correctie. Inmiddels heeft de Afdeling al weer enige tijd zo’n correctie aanvaard, op voorspraak van Staatsraad Advocaat-Generaal Widdershoven. In de zogenoemde slijterijzaken heeft de Afdeling deze correctie-Widdershoven voor het eerst laten … Read more

Termination clauses in agreements and Dutch standards of reasonableness and fairness

How can a party terminate an agreement? With the exception of certain specific agreements (i.e. employment or rent), the Dutch Civil Code (DCC) does not provide rules on termination as such. Whether and under what conditions a party is entitled to terminate an agreement is determined by the agreement itself and the general standards of reasonableness and fairness (“redelijkheid en … Read more