The Firm has gained vast experience in litigation proceedings, both in court and in arbitration, national and international. It provides assistance in all types of civil, commercial, corporate and administrative litigation, as well as in the field of labour law, before any court, including the Supreme Court of Cassation, the State Council, the Constitutional Court, the European Court of Human Rights, and the Court of Justice of the European Union.
The Firm has also gained an extensive experience in assisting clients in the context of proceedings before Public Authorities (such as the Authority for the Protection of Personal Data, AGCM and AGCOM).
The Firm regularly assists large, medium and small-sized companies in proceedings before the Giurì dell’Autodisciplina Pubblicitaria.
Professor Ruffolo has represented and represents in trial numerous small and medium-sized companies, as well as some of the most relevant Italian and foreign businesses and certifying bodies operating in a large number of industrial sectors: television, telecommunication, press, healthcare, building, food and agriculture, cosmetics, advertising, medical devices, infrastructures, airline, transport and retail. Professor Ruffolo has also assisted and advised a vast number of public bodies.
The Firm also assists individuals in a vast number of disputes, from medical malpractice to injuries, from professional liability to damages caused by the press and libel cases, as well as in separation and divorce proceedings and inheritance and real estate disputes.
The Firm has a long-standing experience in the context of class actions and collective actions, assisting both petitioners and defendants, individuals and businesses, as well as bodies representing collective interests. Professor Ruffolo is considered as one of the Italian leading experts on the topic, having conducted one of the first academic studies in the field of collective interests and consumer protection. He was also asked to take part as expert in several Parliamentary hearings on the subject.
Professor Ruffolo has vast experience in arbitration, both as attorney assisting companies and public entities and as arbitrator, especially in the fields of tenders (private and public), corporate disputes and contractual controversies. The Firm has developed a specific experties in national and international arbitration, having handled complex arbitration disputes, also before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).
All of the Firm’s practitioners have developed a solid experience in litigation, each with regard to his/her fields of specialization. This, combined with a practical approach to legal disputes, allows them to provide all-round assistance to the clients in all phases of disputes, from the pre-trial stage, in order to prevent the dispute from resulting in litigation, to the management of the judicial proceedings. Thanks to its network of professionals, the Firm can provide judicial assistance throughout the entire Italian territory, as well as in major foreign cities
News and Insights
Also this year, in the months of October, November and December 2021, a cycle of seminars on "Artificial Intelligence and Law" will be held ib Bologna, organized by the School of Law and the Higher School of Legal Studies of Bologna and coordinated by Prof. Ruffolo. The first seminar will be held on October 7, 2021, from 3pm to 5pm.
By its recent decision no. 24641 of September 13, 2021, the Italian Court of Cassation again dwelled on the debated question relating to the right of the customer of a banking institution to obtain, in court, the exhibition of a copy of the documents relating to single transactions carried out, including account statements, also pursuant to Article 119 of the Italian Testo Unico Bancario (T.U.B.), as well as Article 210 of the Italian Code of Civil Procedure.
On 16 June 2021, a webinar with the participation of Prof. Ruffolo will be held, dedicated to the topic “Class action and collective injunctions: the new rules”, and organized by the Milan Bar Association.
Issue no. 2/2021 of the journal Giurisprudenza Italiana hosts a monographic section on medical liability, edited by Prof. Enrico Gabrielli and Prof. Ugo Ruffolo.
Italian rules on class actions and collective inhibitory actions have been revolutionized by a reform (law no. 31/2019) whose entry into force, following several postponements, is now scheduled for May 2021.
By decision no. 1914 of January 28, 2021, the United Sections of the Supreme Court of Cassation have once again found that disputes between companies operating in the organic sector and the monitoring bodies authorized by the Ministry to issue the necessary certifications and to carry out the related control activities fall under the jurisdiction of the ordinary judge, and not the administrative one.