Lori Cohen and Eric Schnapp of Greenberg Traurig explore the impact of technological developments on the court process, including social media: "Entire jury pools have been discharged for a single Google search, and despite evidence to the contrary, one cannot successfully learn the law from Wikipedia."
Who’s Who Legal has brought together Greg Williams of Clayton Utz, Jorge Cesa of Souto Correa Cesa Lummertz Amaral Advogados and Tripp Haston of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings to discuss type and volume of work, recent trends and developments, the increasing sophistication of the plaintiffs' bar, and the legal market in their jurisdiction.
Rod Freeman, Phoebe Wilkinson, Markus Burckhardt, Christine Gateau and Eugene Chen of Hogan Lovells take an in-depth look at global developments in product liability defence: "The interplay of regulatory regimes and liability regimes cannot be ignored in a world where authorities are increasingly adopting an interventionist approach to product risks, and consumers are linked up through internet-based communications. "
Bruce Cranner, Campbell Wallace and Ashley Wheelock of Frilot look at recent developments in products and related consumer fraud class and mass actions in the US: "Several cases decided in 2013 further signal the court’s desire to restrict the mass and class actions and make removal under the Class Action Fairness Act more plausible."
Annette Hughes and Christie Jones of Corrs Chambers Westgarth detail product liability trends in Australia, notably the rise of product liability class actions and litigation funding: "Class action proceedings are now financed primarily by way of 'no win-no fee' cost arrangements and, increasingly, by way of litigation funding which had its genesis in Australia in the early 2000s."
Cynthia Urda Kassis and Ben Shorten of Shearman & Sterling look at the trend of multi-source financing, which has emerged to bridge the liquidity gap, and examine its impact on projects: "It needs to be recognised by both sponsors and lenders that highly bespoke financing plans mean that a one-size-fits-all approach based on precedent cannot be followed; flexibility and creativity will need to be employed."
Who’s Who Legal brings together Karen Wong of Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, Filipe Lowndes Marques of Morais Leitão Galvão Teles Soares da Silva & Associados, Robin Abraham of Clifford Chance and Jaime Herrera of Posse Herrera Ruiz to discuss levels and types of project financing, the trend for energy projects, the impact of government investment on the sector, regulatory developments and changes in the legal market in their jurisdiction.
Phillip Fletcher of Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy reviews recent developments in project financing around the globe: "The ultimate judgement call in a project finance transaction is whether a particular risk, and the means available to mitigate it, is 'bankable'. As long as the markets in which we operate continue to evolve in the face of changing economic, political, technological and social circumstances, helping sponsors and lenders to reach that sort of judgement will continue to be challenging and good fun."
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