Litigation updates

Hungary

Contributed by SMARTLEGAL Schmidt & Partners
Supreme Court judgment: choice of law by conduct in litigation?
  • Hungary
  • 07 April 2020

Can parties' conduct during litigation amount to an implied choice-of-law agreement based on EU Regulation 593/2008? This article analyses a recent Supreme Court judgment concerning this question. The court's decision indicates a shift from the well-settled case law concerning the conclusion of contracts by conduct.


Malaysia

Contributed by Gan Partnership
Court rules on challenges to AIAC and statutory adjudication
  • Malaysia
  • 07 April 2020

A high court recently issued the first decision regarding a constitutional challenge of the legitimacy of statutory adjudication under the Construction Industry Payment and Adjudication Act 2012. In this case, the court was also confronted with a challenge of the appointment of the late Vinayak Pradhan as the then director of the Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC) and the immunity asserted by the AIAC, Pradhan and the adjudicator.


Switzerland

Contributed by Lenz & Staehelin
Liking or sharing defamatory Facebook posts can be unlawful
  • Switzerland
  • 07 April 2020

The Supreme Court recently issued a judgment concerning 'likes' and 'shares' of defamatory posts on Facebook. The Supreme Court held that liking and sharing posts can potentially amount to punishable defamation. However, persons accused of defamation have the right to prove that such statements were true or that they could have believed in good faith that they were true, which may excuse such actions under the Criminal Code.


United Kingdom

Contributed by RPC
Parental controls: when does standing consent put subsidiaries' documents within their parent's control?
  • United Kingdom
  • 07 April 2020

A parent company does not exercise control over the documents of, or held by, its subsidiaries merely by virtue of its shareholdings in those subsidiaries. The situation is different when there is standing consent. The High Court has provided useful guidance on the circumstances in which documents held by subsidiaries would be within the parent company's 'control' for the purposes of disclosure.