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23 March 2021 | Sophie Hosri

Special jurisdiction under Article 35 of the Brussels I recast Regulation vs. preparatory inquiries under Article 145 of the French Code of Civil Procedure

Pursuant to Article 35 of the Brussels I recast Regulation, the local judge may order provisional or protective measures, even though another judge has been given – or has accepted – jurisdiction to rule on the merits of the case, in particular under the terms of a jurisdiction clause.

In a decision handed down on January 27, 2021, the Court de Cassation (French Supreme Court) ruled on the French judge’s power to order preparatory inquiries in futurum (literally for the future) and aligned its position with the autonomous notion of “provisional, including protective, measures” provided for by European Law.

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30 October 2020 | Pauline Kubat

Recognition and enforcement of a US decision in France: The defendant’s disinterest in the American proceedings can be costly

In a decision dated September 16, 2020, the Cour de Cassation (French Supreme Court) ruled on the conformity of California law with French international procedural public policy. By the combined application of several California procedural rules, a French defendant had been deprived of a remedy. The Cour de Cassation, asked to rule in the context of the procedure for the recognition and enforcements of the American judgment, nevertheless considered that there was no violation of French international public policy.

Analysis of a decision with surprising implications.

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1 April 2020 | Pauline Kubat

Covid-19: French rules of civil procedure have been adapted

The Emergency Law to deal with the Covid-19 epidemic empowers the Government to take, by means of Ordinances, the adaptation measures intended to put in place health emergency arrangements.

As a result, the Government adopted 25 Ordinances on March 25, 2020. In judicial matters, several Ordinances were issued to govern the organization of courts and procedures during this crisis.

Regarding specifically the rules of civil procedure, two Ordinances have been adopted and have a significant impact on (i) applicable time-limits and the conduct of civil proceedings, and (ii) the organization/operation of courts ruling in non-criminal matters.

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24 March 2020 | Pauline Kubat

Covid-19: What implications for civil proceedings?

For several days now, the French have been observing a strict confinement following presidential and governmental instructions to stem the spread of the Covid-19 virus. There are many concerns and uncertainties remaining as to the outcome of this international crisis.

What is the impact of this situation on the French judicial life? Here is an update on the measures taken and envisaged with regard to civil proceedings.

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29 December 2018 | Soulier Avocats

In a chain of contracts transferring ownership, the arbitration clause is automatically transferred

In order to deny the jurisdiction of the Commercial Court of Saint-Malo before which proceedings had been initiated against one of our clients, a Swedish company, the Court of Appeals of Rennes, with which we filed a jurisdictional objection, ruled that an arbitration clause was enforceable against our opponent event though it had not signed […]

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29 December 2018 | Anaëlle Idjeri

Trade Secrets: Publication of Decree n°2018-1126 of December 11, 2018 clarifying procedural aspects

Decree n°2018-1126 of December 11, 2018 on the protection of trade secrets (the “Decree”) adopted in furtherance of Law n°2018-670 of July 30, 2018 was published in the Official Journal of the French Republic on December 13, 2018. This eagerly awaited Decree further details the procedural aspects related to the protection of trade secrets and […]

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