Environmental protection: a wave of litigation for businesses to come – Sylvie Gallage-Alwis

By Sylvie Gallage-Alwis

Partner Sylvie Gallage-Alwis discusses how environmental litigation must be analysed by companies as the litigation of tomorrow, in Le Monde du Droit.

Sylvie’s article was published in Le Monde du Droit, 23 April 2020, and can be found here.

The French Senate recently largely adopted a draft legislation creating “a new justice for the environment“. This law would aim to improve the judicial system’s response to environmental damages, which are currently rarely prosecuted and carry fairly low sanctions.

Sylvie explains how France must show a change in behaviour in regards to environmental protection to avoid a heavy European sanction. She also explores the benefits of shifting the burden to businesses.

Sylvie Gallage-Alwis is one of the founding partners of the Paris office of Signature Litigation and heads its product liability practice. She is specialised in all cutting-edge complex disputes linked to products, namely product liability, product safety, toxic tort, mass litigation/class action, regulatory compliance, and environment.

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