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Peter Bert on Damages for Violations of Choice of Court Agreements in Germany

Posted on October 30, 2019

Friend of Letters Blogatory Peter Bert brings us a report of a very recent case from the Bundesgerichtshof on the question of damages for violations of a choice of court agreement. Peter has cross-posted this on his blog, Dispute Resolution in Germany. In a judgment last week, the Federal Supreme Court (Bundesgerichtshof) has found a US party liable for damages for bringing an action against its German contractual counterparty in the US in violation of an agreement on the jurisdiction of the German courts. With this judgment, the Federal Supreme Court decided an issue that so far had been controversially debated in the German legal literature. Until this decision, it was not clear whether the violation of a choice of court agreement does not…

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Case of the Day: Germaninvestments AG v. Allomet Corp.

Posted on June 10, 2019

The case of the day is Germaninvestments AG v. Allomet Corp. (Del. Ch. 2019). Allomet is a Delaware corporation in the business of manufacturing metal powders for coating industrial products. Fobio Enterprises, Ltd., a Hong Kong company, owned the majority of Allomet’s shares. In 2016, it became the sole owner by purchasing shares from the Estate of Richard Toth. Fobio’s beneficial owner was Hannjörg Hereth, a Swiss national. Allomet was facing financial difficulties. In 2017, it had a debt of more than $40 million to Fobio and more than $20 million in net operating loss carryforwards. Hereth met with Richard Herrling, a German national residing in Switzerland, about the possibility of forming a joint venture to raise capital for Allomet. (Germaninvestments, one of the…

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Case of the Day: Martinez v. Bloomberg

Posted on January 28, 2014

The case of the day is Martinez v. Bloomberg LP (2d Cir. 2014). Brian Anthony Martinez, a former employee of Bloomberg LP, sued Bloomberg for wrongful termination in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The facts aren’t that important to the decision. Martinez’s employment contract had an English choice of law clause and an exclusive forum selection clause naming the courts of England as the exclusive forum for disputes. Bloomberg moved to dismiss under FRCP 12(b)(3) for improper venue. The district court dismissed, and Martinez appealed. He argued that the district court was wrong in its view of the scope of the choice of forum clause (i.e., that assuming the clause was enforceable, it did not apply to his ADA claim) and that…

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