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Dieter Schwampe

Proximate cause of grounding in bad weather after engine problems and insurers' right to information

Insurance - Germany
Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein

The Bremen Court of Appeal recently held that the proximate cause of a vessel's grounding after its main engine had cut out was the bad weather, rather than the engine problem.

Chris Whitehouse

Prevention principle – can parties sue for breach of contract occasioned by their own breach?

Litigation - United Kingdom
RPC

In a recent High Court case, the defendants successfully resisted summary judgment for breach of contract on the basis of the prevention principle, which excuses a breach of contract where the other party's actions caused it.

Wu Xiaoping

Assessing non-obviousness in improvement drug invention patents

Intellectual Property - China
Wanhuida Intellectual Property

Drug invention patents protect multiple types of invention, including compounds, crystal forms, dosage forms, preparation methods and uses.

Agnieszka Fedor

Amendments to Code of Civil Procedure

Employment & Benefits - Poland
Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak

The Act of 4 July 2019 – which amended the Code of Civil Procedure and other acts, including Poland's labour and social security law – has received significant attention.

Armand Aviges

French Administrative Supreme Court cancels Ministry of Health decision on assessment of public health interests

Healthcare & Life Sciences - France
Altana

The French Administrative Supreme Court recently cancelled the Ministry of Health's decision to refuse to include Adcetris's extension of indication on the list enabling healthcare establishments to invoice drugs directly to the French health insurance system, which was based on a National Authority for Health opinion.

Alexander Vogel

New DLT/blockchain regulatory framework ready for parliamentary deliberations

Banking - Switzerland
Meyerlustenberger Lachenal

The Federal Council recently adopted a dispatch on the further improvement of the framework conditions for distributed ledger technology (DLT) and blockchain.

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Three’s a crowd? Third-party arbitration funding

Arbitration & ADR / Canada, Cyprus, Greece, India, Netherlands, Poland, United Kingdom

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Uber-complex: regulating ride-hail services

Shipping & Transport / Finland, USA

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Competition and antitrust in the digital age

Competition & Antitrust / Bulgaria, Czech Republic, European Union, Hungary, Mexico, Pakistan, Poland, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey