Latest split trial decision in securities class action under s.90A FSMA

The High Court has held that reliance issues should be heard at the second trial, with defendant liability issues to be heard in the first, in a claim brought pursuant to s.90A and Sch.10A of the Financial Services and Markets Act (FSMA): Various Claimants v G4S Limited [2022] EWHC 1742 (Ch). In securities class actions, claimants … Read more

How to navigate the Autonomy judgment: guidance for corporate issuers defending Section 90A / Schedule 10A FSMA shareholder claims

The High Court has handed down its long-awaited judgment in the US$5 billion civil fraud action brought by the Hewlett Packard group in connection with its acquisition of the UK software company Autonomy Corporation Limited in 2012: ACL Netherlands BV & Ors v Lynch & Ors [2022] EWHC 1178 (Ch). The judgment follows a previously published Summary of Conclusions, … Read more

HSF publishes Disputes in the Technology Industry Q&As for Practical Law (UK)

HSF technology disputes practitioners Andrew Moir, Rachel Lidgate, Martin Hevey, Kate Macmillan, Peter Dalton, Heather Newton and Rachel Montagnon have recently published a Q&A in Practical Law on Disputes in the Technology Industry (see here for subscribers and here for a pdf) covering all aspects of disputes in the sector including current and future trends. … Read more

Upcoming webinar: Dutch Class Actions – What international companies need to know

Following the introduction of a new class action regime in 2020, the Netherlands continues to see a significant uptick in the number of ongoing and threatened class actions that shows no signs of slowing down. Increasingly, international companies with a presence in the Netherlands, or even those with operations that may impact Dutch citizens, face … Read more

Article published – Lloyd v Google: the upshot for data class actions

The exponential growth in the volume of data being collected and shared, along with the ease and reduced costs of gathering, analysing, using and exploiting data, has resulted in a corresponding increase in data protection laws and regulations. Against that background, data class actions have been a growing phenomenon, driven in part by the interest … Read more

Third edition of Class Actions in Australia launched today

Herbert Smith Freehills is today launching the third edition of its successful textbook, Class Actions in Australia. Written by lawyers from the firm and published by Thomson Reuters, it offers complete coverage of class action law in Australia, from commencement through to choice of forum, opting out, conduct, trial, settlement, costs and funding. The text has … Read more