Judgment on the French Blocking Statute in National Grid

11 Apr 2013 | by Caroline Sweeney

Mr Justice Roth has today given his latest judgment in National Grid Electricity Transmission plc v ABB Limited and others.  He has ruled that the French Defendants to the proceedings (companies within the Alstom and Areva groups) must provide disclosure of relevant documents.  After considering extensive evidence from experts in French law, Roth J rejected the argument that there is a real risk of those companies being prosecuted in France under the so-called ‘French Blocking Statute’ (Law No. 68-678 of 26 July 1968) if they comply with a disclosure order from the English High Court.  He also rejected a cross-application, made by the French Defendants, for a request to be made to the French Courts for evidence to be taken under Regulation 1206/2001.

Jon Turner QC, Daniel Beard QC and Laura Elizabeth John of Monckton Chambers acted for the Claimant, National Grid Electricity Transmission plc.

Click here to read the full National Grid v ABB Judgment