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Drilling for oil is a risky business. Oil companies seek to protect themselves against the financial consequences of risk by appropriate clauses in their contracts, for example, by a force majeure clause. This case concerns a contract for the hire of an ex pensive oil rig which contained such a clause. During the course of a territorial sea dispute between neighbouring states the arbitration tribunal determining that dispute required drilling to cease in the disputed sea where drilling was to take place....

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Top Dutch firm NautaDutilh helps secure historic court ruling demanding climate action

Leading independent firm teams up with boutique Höcker to win case forcing Dutch government to cut emissions
Dutch firms NautaDutilh and Höcker are celebrating today after securing a historic Supreme Court climate change ruling ordering the government to accelerate the country's emissions-reduction timetable. The firms were representing non-profit group Urgenda which argued that the justice system had a duty to protect the human rights of Dutch citizens against the dangers posed by climate change. The Supreme Court found that the Dutch government must reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25% compared to 1990 levels by the end of 2020. In a joint statement, the two firms said it was the first case in the world in which a national court had issued a specific order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to a government on the basis of human rights.

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High Court puts brakes on Australia's litigation funding boom with landmark ruling

Lawyers digest implications of decision to strike down common fund orders 
Australia’s High Court has struck down a key class action funding option in a ruling dubbed the most significant of the decade for the booming litigation funding industry by legal commentators. The court yesterday (4 December) ruled that courts do not have the power to make common fund orders (CFOs), which are issued at the outset of proceedings and guarantee litigation funders a share of successful class action pay-outs.

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