• POSTPONED - The Future of “Actions de Groupe” in France

    February 11 2011, 08:30 - 08:30
    Location: AmCham France - 156, bd. Haussmann 75008

    ****Due to an unforeseen change in the schedule of Senator Yung, this event has been postponed indefinitely****

    The Legal Affairs Task Force of AmCham France is pleased to sponsor a unique discussion on the future of actions de groupe in France. 
    On December 22, 2010, two identical propositions de loi were submitted in the French Sénat intended to reinforce consumer protections by allowing voluntary actions de groupe -- class actions à la française.  If passed, the proposed legislation, coming on the heels of similar legislation that was proposed but not enacted in the last legislative session, is expected to have far-reaching effects on the French legal system.
    Sénateur Richard Yung, one of the sponsors of the proposed legislation, and Marc Henry, a partner in the Paris office of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP who acts in some of the largest multi-plaintiff litigations pending in France, will join with the Legal Affairs Task Force to discuss current practices under existing French law and the goals of the pending legislation.
    Among other things, their presentations will address:
    •    The current status of French law;
    •    The procedural difficulties present in the current system;
    •    The legal impossibility of transposing the U.S. class action system to France;
    •    The scope of the proposed legislation; and
    •    The means by which the proposed legislation intends to avoid les dérives américaines.

    Sénateur Yung and Mr. Henry will make their presentations in French but they welcome questions and comments in English.

    This seminar is designed to provide general information that may be of interest to participants, and may not treat every important issue relating to the topics covered or systematically cover all relevant aspects of a given issue.  The seminar is given purely for informational purposes and should not be considered as providing legal advice or creating an attorney-client relationship.  Neither the seminar nor this announcement should be considered as a solicitation or offer for the provision of legal services.