umraniye escort pendik escort
maderba.com
implant
olabahis
canli poker siteleri meritslot oleybet giris adresi betgaranti
escort antalya
istanbul escort
sirinevler escort
antalya eskort bayan
brazzers
sikis
bodrum escort
Short Reads

Dutch Supreme Court confirms case law on causation: roundup of two recent cases (PART I)

Dutch Supreme Court confirms case law on causation: roundup of two rec

Dutch Supreme Court confirms case law on causation: roundup of two recent cases (PART I)

05.07.2017 NL law

In its decisions of 2 June 2017 (ECLI:NL:HR:2017:1008) and 9 June 2017 (ECLI:NL:HR:2017:1053), the Dutch Supreme Court reconfirmed its case law on causation, the condicio sine qua non test and the so-called "reversal" rule in the law of evidence pertaining to this test. Although strictly speaking, these decisions might not bring much news, they show that carrying out the condicio sine qua non test is not always straightforward. In addition, these decisions show the importance of clearly keeping in mind the facts and norms constituting the unlawfulness or non-performance at hand.

Liability law, causation and the condicio sine qua non test

One of the requirements for establishing liability in probably any system of liability law is the requirement of causation. It would, after all, be pointless for such a system to impose liability upon a party for damage that he has not caused. But whether damage has actually been caused by the non-performance or unlawful act of the defendant is not always easy to determine. As with many other jurisdictions, Dutch liability law relies on the condicio sine qua non or "but for" test. This test entails imagining a hypothetical (or "counterfactual") situation without the non-performance or unlawful act of the defendant. If it is reasonably plausible that in this hypothetical situation the claimant would not have suffered the damage for which he seeks compensation, this damage is deemed to have been caused by the non-performance or unlawful act of the defendant, at least in a legal sense.

"Emptying" a company and the recovery of claim

While this might seem clear in theory, in practice the condicio sine qua non test is not always straightforward. Hofstad sued Rixtel, arguing that Rixtel had acted unlawfully by disposing of all of the assets of De Provinciale, an insurance intermediary company formerly owned by Hofstad, including its insurance portfolio. Although Rixtel had bought the portfolio, it had not yet paid the purchase price to De Provinciale. As a result of this "emptying" of De Provinciale, Hofstad argued, it had not been able to recover a claim it had against De Provinciale regarding an overdraft facility. Rixtel contested the causal link between the "emptying" of De Provinciale and Hofstad's inability to recover its claim and convinced the Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal decided that Hofstad had not sufficiently substantiated that in the event Rixtel had not disposed of all assets, De Provinciale would have made sufficient profit allowing Hofstad to recover its claim. The Court of Appeal pointed to the fact that the solvency and equity position of De Provinciale had already deteriorated, to the extent that there was a possibility that bankruptcy proceedings would be issued.

Imagining the hypothetical situation

The Court of Appeal overlooked that in the hypothetical situation, without the unlawful act of Rixtel, De Provinciale would have had more assets than in the factual situation, regardless of its profits. Either De Provinciale would still own its insurance portfolio (if Rixtel had not bought the insurance portfolio at all) or De Provinciale would have received cash in return (if Rixtel had bought the insurance portfolio and paid the purchase price). In its decision of 9 June 2017 (ECLI:NL:HR:2017:1053), the Supreme Court therefore decided that the Court of Appeal should have gone a step further in its estimation of what would have happened hypothetically. It should have also taken into account whether – in the event that De Provinciale would not have been able to make sufficient profits – Hofstad would have been able to seek recovery (i) from the insurance portfolio, or (ii) from the purchase price if Rixtel had paid for the portfolio (to be continued).

Read about the Dutch Supreme Court's decision of 2 June 2017 (ECLI:NL:HR:2017:1008) on the "reversal" rule in the law of evidence in PART II of this blog.

Related news

29.01.2021 NL law
Publicatie en inwerkingtreding Wet ongewenste zeggenschap telecommunicatie

Short Reads - Op 12 juni 2020 is een wet gepubliceerd om ongewenste overnames in de telecommunicatiesector tegen te gaan: de Wet ongewenste zeggenschap telecommunicatie. Deze wet (die de vorm heeft van een nieuw hoofdstuk in de Telecommunicatiewet) moet volgens de memorie van toelichting voorkomen dat een op basis van geopolitieke motieven handelende partij een te grote invloed krijgt op Nederlandse telecommunicatiepartijen.

Read more

28.01.2021 NL law
Negotiating a contract under conditions; subject to approval

Short Reads - In Dutch legal practice, one of the most common conditions is the reservation of approval or the “subject to approval” clause. A “subject to approval” clause provides a condition under which an agreement will be concluded (totstandkomingsvoorwaarde), a suspensive condition (opschortende voorwaarde) or a resolutive condition (ontbindende voorwaarde). This depends on the wording of the clause and the circumstances of the case.

Read more

27.01.2021 NL law
Overzichtsuitspraak ABRvS: overmacht en de wettelijke dwangsommen wegens niet tijdig beslissen. Hoe werkt dat?

Short Reads - Overmacht bij een bestuursorgaan schort beslistermijnen en wettelijke dwangsomtermijnen zelfstandig op. Ook als een bestuursorgaan daarvan geen mededeling stuurt. Dat oordeelt de Afdeling bestuursrechtspraak van de Raad van State (de Afdeling) in een overzichtsuitspraak van 16 december 2020. In dit blogbericht gaan wij nader in op de achtergrond van die uitspraak en duiden wij wat dit betekent voor de praktijk.

Read more