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Two insurances do not cover water damage – recourse pursuant to Book 7, Section 961 of the Dutch Civil Code unsuccessful

Two insurances do not cover water damage – recourse pursuant to Book 7, Section 961 of the Dutch Civil Code unsuccessful

Water damage at the Erasmus Medical Centre, which occurred after the 2004 refurbishment, was only covered under buildings insurance and not under CAR insurance because the contract documents did not include a maintenance obligation for the main contractor. What was agreed in the dealings between the main contractor and the ... Read More »

Satisfaction with personal injury claims handling

Satisfaction with personal injury claims handling

Recently, outgoing minister Blok (Safety and Justice) answered Parliamentary Questions by member Van Nispen (SP) on the stance of insurance companies to personal injury claims. In his answers, the minister referred to the Code of Conduct for Handling Personal Injury Claims [Gedragscode Behandeling Letselschade (GBL)] and indicated that it functions ... Read More »

Reliance on limitation period remains possible in ‘asbestos cases’

Reliance on limitation period remains possible in ‘asbestos cases’

On 24 March 2017, the Supreme Court (‘Hoge Raad’) ended the debate on the impact of the Moor/Switzerland ruling on the Dutch absolute prescription period in proceedings concerning compensations in connection with an asbestos-related illness (usually Mesothelioma) by means of its ruling in the Maersk case. The Supreme Court held ... Read More »

The Dutch Supreme Court on the commencement of the short prescription period: awareness of the possible role of the party responsible for the damage is not (always) sufficient certainty pursuant to Article 3:310 paragraph 1 of the Dutch Civil Code

The Dutch Supreme Court on the commencement of the short prescription period: awareness of the possible role of the party responsible for the damage is not (always) sufficient certainty pursuant to Article 3:310 paragraph 1 of the Dutch Civil Code

The Supreme Court rendered an opinion in its ruling dated 31 March 2017 (ECLI:NL:HR:2017:552) concerning the moment the short prescription period provided for in Article 3:310 paragraph 1 of the Dutch Civil Code commences. The Supreme Court ruled in particular on the question when an injured party may be considered ... Read More »

Directors’ liability of a second-degree director: piercing the corporate veil 2.0

Directors’ liability of a second-degree director: piercing the corporate veil 2.0

On 17 February 2017, the Supreme Court delivered an important judgement stating that Article 2:11 of the Dutch Civil Code (the piercing of the corporate veil liability to the natural person behind the legal person-director) applies in all cases where a legal person in its capacity of director is liable ... Read More »

Lost chance and medical liability: the Supreme Court expresses itself (for the first time)

Lost chance and medical liability: the Supreme Court expresses itself (for the first time)

Introduction In its Judgement of 23 December 2016, the Supreme Court expressed itself for the first time on the doctrine of lost chance in a medical liability case. The direct object was a child who, despite treatment by the Erasmus MC, became blind shortly after birth. After more than 13 ... Read More »

A banned substance in animal feed can be reason to impose an administrative fine

A banned substance in animal feed can be reason to impose an administrative fine

If the inspectors of the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) discover a banned substance in animal feed, the State Secretary of Economic Affairs, Netherlands Enterprise Authority (RVO) can impose an administrative fine on the basis of the Animals Act (Wet dieren). On the basis of sections 2.17 ... Read More »

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