Archive for March, 2009

WV&Z now also on Twitter

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

After following the action from the sidelines for a while I finally caved in and created a Twitter account about a fortnight ago now. (See my first ‘tweet‘, as posts are called there.) Twitter is a ‘micro-blogging’ site where one can post messages for others to ‘follow’; a message may contain just 140 characters, much like a text message.

The aim of the dual blogging destinations - WV&Z/Twitter - is to add a short, quick-fire message function to the more in-depth, long form With Vigour and Zeal. (So it’s certainly not a replacement!) On Twitter too, I will post on European collective action developments but it will be in a mixture of other legal topics and personal stuff as well unlike the ‘purer’ WV&Z here which remains exclusively focused on collective actions with a European angle.

Some of the things already posted on my Twitter profile are an update on the Northern Rock compensation case (here; see previous post) and comments on Santander’s Madoff settlement in Miami (such as here). Personally, I announced going to a discussion at the New York Public Library last week featuring among others Prof. Lawrence Lessig (here, and followed up here).

To follow me on Twitter, if you have a Twitter account, simply go to my profile and click on the ‘Follow’ button. If you don’t have a Twitter account, you may receive the RSS feed, or, of course, simply drop in if and when to check out what’s new.

Thanks to Bruce Carton, again, for announcing my arrival on Twitter. His Securities Docket has a list of securities counsel to follow on Twitter. Also see the more general LexTweet and Justia Legal Birds for listings of lawyers and others on Twitter.

Lovells’ latest bulletin

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

It’s been a few months since Lovells LLP has published its latest Class Actions Bulletin but it’s still the latest one and still packed with interesting articles, so it’s still revelant to post here.

Topics include the EU Commission’s collective action benchmarks and recent studies, the latest on collective actions in France and the Netherlands, alternative forms of collective actions in Germany (other than the KapMuG), a piece on ‘corporate responsibility - a step in the right direction or towards increased group litigation?’ in England and Wales and ‘Class Actions - a pan-European perspective’.

An update on the article on the Dutch ‘Class Action’ Act - which states that “the Court of Appeal has not yet declared the Royal Dutch settlement as binding upon all shareholders. A hearing is expected before the end of 2008″ - is that the hearing has taken place on 20 November and that the decision is pending.