Around the globe, complex and multifaceted mass claims are on the rise

... and companies and financial institutions increasingly find that they are the target.

The team is involved in most pending mass claims in the Netherlands, almost always as lead or a member of a multijurisdictional team. By bundling our extensive experience together, we ensure that our clients receive the best legal assistance.

We offer legal assistance in complex mass claims, both in national and international contexts. We have specialised expertise in antitrust and cartel damages, consumer protection, data privacy, human rights and financial mass claims. We adopt an integrated practice model to bring together specialists from different fields, with our teams comprising Dutch lawyers as well as lawyers from across the world.

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3 February 2022

De Brauw advises DAF Trucks as lead counsel in extensive EU antitrust follow-on damages litigation in 19 jurisdictions

On 19 July 2016, the European Commission imposed fines totaling EUR 2.93 billion on five truck manufacturers, including DAF Trucks. De Brauw represented DAF Trucks throughout the Commission’s investigation. Thereafter, massive follow-on litigation ensued with thousands of legal proceedings in multiple European and non-European jurisdictions as a result. The cases vary from damages for a few trucks to collective proceedings in which hundreds of millions are claimed. DAF Trucks and PACCAR have appointed De Brauw to act as lead counsel in all of the 19 jurisdictions that are involved. This mass claim is of unprecedented scale, arguably the most complex and extensive ever in Europe, and requires close oversight to align strategy in all these different legal systems, including common and civil law systems. De Brauw developed its own 'mass claim platform' for this case, creating one central data, document, proceedings and compliance portal for all of those working on the connected proceedings, all over the world. This is a prime example of the international nature of De Brauw's practice.
3 February 2022

De Brauw assists and represents Ageas in settlement ruling by Amsterdam Court of Appeal

On 13 July 2018, the Amsterdam Court of Appeal declared the collective settlement agreement between Ageas (Fortis' legal successor) and several commercial and non-profit claimant organisations acting on behalf of former shareholders of Fortis (that is, Vereniging van Effectenbezitters, Deminor, Stichting Investor Claims Against Fortis and Stichting FortisEffect), binding in accordance with the Dutch Act on Collective Settlement of Mass Claims ("WCAM"). As a result, the settlement became binding on all investors who purchased or held Fortis shares in the period between 28 February 2007 and 14 October 2008, except for those who actively opted-out of the settlement before 31 December 2018.
10 June 2015

De Brauw advises and represents NAM (Shell/Exxon) in events surrounding earthquakes

De Brauw advises and represents NAM (Shell/Exxon) in the events surrounding the earthquakes. 900 Private individuals and 12 housing associations, represented by Stichting Waardevermindering door Aardbevingen Groningen (WAG) have submitted a mass claims suit, holding NAM liable for the damage following from the earthquakes and demanding that NAM compensate the decrease in value of their homes as a result of these earthquakes. In addition, De Brauw represents NAM in the administrative law proceedings before the Council of State in which more than 50 applicants have brought legal action against the extraction plan based on the Mining Act (regulating both the way NAM extracts gas from under the ground and the extent of the production), and in other cases arising from earthquakes caused by gas extraction. Safety risks are the greatest matters of concern in these proceedings. For more than two years, Marnix Leijten, Jan de Bie Leuveling Tjeenk, René van Tricht, Arne Münch, Sander Rijsterborgh and Dulijon Veldhoen have been working on the civil law proceedings and Nicolien van den Biggelaar, René van Tricht and Kees Saarloos have been working on the administrative law proceedings. Marnix Leijten: "This matter is a fine example of how we can provide clients with integrated advice on several interrelated issues including the Mining Act, civil law and administrative law proceedings and mass claims suits. It is exactly the strong point of our litigation practice, in which many different areas of expertise come together in this type of highly complex issues." Judgment on the case that was before the District Court of Assen will be rendered in 12 weeks. The session before the Council of State will be held on 10 and 11 September 2015.
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When complex matters span many jurisdictions or triggers multiple proceedings, our bespoke case management platform ensures procedural compliance at all levels, across all jurisdictions, in every connected matter. This one portal enables clients and the team to easily and efficiently communicate and collaborate with each other, wherever they are in the world. One real-time dashboard for all task allocation, oversight, document/data management, and deadlines.

Our Electronic Cost Centre provides real-time data and information to help inform communication, especially at critical peaks in the matter lifecycle. Inclusive of all local counsel engaged on a matter, clients can see in an instant, the amount of work, at what level and on what aspect, has been recorded, invoiced and paid – the world over: one invoice for a global team of experts.

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