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19 March 2019
Amer Pasalic Ontario Superior Court of Justice confirms new tort for public disclosure of private facts

Canada - Dentons

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently released a significant decision that expands occupiers' liability for violence on their premises and affirms a new privacy tort that censures the publication of aspects of an individual's private life without their consent. The decision establishes a novel cause of action for claims arising from the distribution of an individual's private information – in this case, a sexually explicit video of the plaintiff without her knowledge or consent.

Author: Amer Pasalic
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Yiota Georgiou Amendment of Judicial Practice Code

Cyprus - Elias Neocleous & Co LLC

The Judicial Practice Code was recently amended to provide that no judge, whether sitting alone or as a member of a panel of judges of an adjudicating court, can hear a case in which a party is represented by a lawyer who is a family member of the judge or works in the same firm or office as a family member of the judge. The recent media focus in Cyprus on the alleged impartiality of certain judges was the impetus behind the changes.

Author: Yiota Georgiou
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Andy McGregor Circumstances in which acting in breach of EU sanctions will kill claims

United Kingdom - RPC

A recent High Court case is an interesting example of the extent to which entities complicit in the breach of EU sanctions are still able to bring legal proceedings relating to matters arising out of those breaches. However, it is difficult to draw any broad principles from this case given its specific factual circumstances. Of particular interest is the judge's analysis that it was considered material that the relevant activity breaching the sanctions at the time was no longer prohibited.

Authors: Andy McGregor, Chris Whitehouse
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Recent updates

Mathieu Laurent Court of Appeal rules on testimony of executive board members

Luxembourg - Luther SA

Authors: Mathieu Laurent, Maurice Goetschy
Robert Gilroy Doctrine of unjust enrichment may deprive named beneficiaries of life insurance proceeds

Canada - Dentons

Author: Robert Gilroy
David Smyth Waiver of privilege during court proceedings

Hong Kong - RPC

Authors: David Smyth, Warren Ganesh
Charlotte Henschen Court of Appeal: agency is not always enough to engage law of bribery and secret commissions

United Kingdom - RPC

Authors: Charlotte Henschen, Jonathan Cary
Maria Hadjisavva Supreme Court revokes first-instance court's decision on statement of claim amendments

Cyprus - Elias Neocleous & Co LLC

Author: Maria Hadjisavva
Jeffrey Kleywegt Rotterdam court rules in favour of Petrobras investors by accepting jurisdiction

Netherlands - AKD The Netherlands

Authors: Jeffrey Kleywegt, Robert Van Vugt
Martin Burkhardt Precautionary taking of evidence in support of current proceedings

Switzerland - Lenz & Staehelin

Authors: Martin Burkhardt, Angelina Sgier

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