Our office participating in the September 2017 London GJN conference
The 40+ attorneys members of the Global Justice Network meet once per year overseas (usually in the Americas) and once in Europe to discuss and coordinate cross border litigation issues and files from all over the world. In September 7 and 8, 2017 this important judicial event took place in London at the prestigious Honorable Society of the Inner temple whereas the opening the day before (Sep,6) was held at the Barristers Chambers and at SkyGarden Walk.
Constantin Kokkinos a founding partner of the GJN and member of its steering committee was on the financial litigation panel and presented the forthcoming attorney’s liability for unlawful behavior of their clients which is to become effective in the E.U. in 2019 as per the contents of Directive 2011/16.EU.
Several other issues pertaining to international collaboration amongst the GJN members were discussed, notably: A joint European action over the VW consumer litigation which is to take place in the Netherlands , the environmental disaster at the Samarco dam collapse in Brazil and the compensation of its victims, the artificial intelligence and Robotics in law practice in the U.S. , the new Consumer protection law in South Africa etc.
A new issue of cross border collaboration between GJN members has emerged on concerted practices in between the four major European truck and bus manufacturers heavily fined by the European Commission for an industry cartel keeping end prices artificially high. A fifth manufacturer from Scandinavia was also fined later (on Sep,27th ) on the same grounds. GJN member attorneys are already active on their jurisdictions to assist bus and truck owners affected by these practices that lasted 14 years (from 1997 up until 2011) and should now be entitled by a decent compensation.
The 2017 London venue was a remarkable success. Inspired by the very first conference of the Global Justice Forum 15 years ago organized also in London by our San Francisco partners Lieff Cabraser Heinmann and Bernstein (repeatedly ranked as the #1 law firm in the whole United States) and of the Global Justice Forum seat at the prestigious Columbia Law school in N.Y., the GJN gathered this time some of the world’s most prestigious law firms across the continents in an effort to collaborate for the benefit of a better and efficient justice around the world.