On March 23, international law firm DRRT hosted an online webinar called “Whistleblowers and Reporters: Importance of Access to Information.” DRRT mainly focuses on litigation outside of the U.S., where discovery is not possible. The firm stressed the importance that both whistleblowers and journalists have in releasing information critical for investors’ efforts to recover from damages the investors have incurred. The virtual event featured Jonathan Taylor, a whistleblower who exposed corruption and bribery in Dutch company SBM Offshore. The webinar also included Georgina Halford-Hall, chief executive of not-for-profit organization WhistleblowersUK, John Kostyack of the National Whistleblower Center (NWC), Lord Cromwell of the House of Lords in the UK, and Tom Warren, a forensic journalist from BuzzFeed News.
Copenhagen, Denmark: On Monday, September 21, 2020, Danish boutique litigation firm KLAR Advokater filed a fifth and final round of complaints against Danske Bank A/S for damages on behalf of 55 institutional investors clients of DRRT and Grant & Eisenhofer. With this additional round of claims totaling over DKK 1.071 billion (€144 million/$169 million) the total amount of the DRRT/G&E group of claims comes to DKK 6.786 billion (€912 million/$1.071 billion) and the number of claimants to 303. The cases were filed in the Copenhagen City Court.
As 2019 comes to an end, we are looking forward to the New Year with legal developments in the securities litigation world. As part of our ongoing commitment to be the leaders in covering global developments of interest for our institutional clients, we would like to highlight the new Dutch Act on Collective Damages Claims (Wet Afwikkeling Massaschade in Collectieve Actie; short: WAMCA). The WAMCA will finally enter into force on January 1, 2020 and complement the preexisting act on collective settlements of mass claims (WCAM). The WAMCA will cover collective damages actions for claims resulting from conduct that took place after November 15, 2016, the date that the legislative proposal was submitted to the Dutch Parliament. After various amendments, the WAMCA was finally approved in March 2019.