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DISCLOSURE: French frankness

22 November 2013  

Edward Coulson and Rachel Ziegler consider the recent Court of Appeal judgment preventing French parties in English litigation relying on the French blocking statute to avoid disclosure

On 22 October 2013, the Court of Appeal handed down a judgment that prevents French parties to English litigation from relying on the so-called ‘French blocking statute’ to avoid their obligations to provide information and disclosure in English legal proceedings.

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  • Case(s) Referenced:

    National Grid Electricity Transmission plc v ABB Ltd & ors; Secretary of State for Health v Servier Laboratories Ltd & ors [2013] EWCA Civ 1234

    National Grid Electricity Transmission plc v ABB Ltd & ors [2013] EWHC 822 (Ch)

    Secretary of State for Health & ors v Servier Laboratories Ltd & ors [2012] EWHC 2761 (Ch)