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Discovery – Das Tatsachenermittlungsverfahren im US-Recht

Zur Information: Sommer 2019; Nr. 35

Nach der Klageerhebung, aber noch vor dem Hauptverfahren, haben die Parteien im Rahmen  eines Tatsachenermittlungsverfahrens („Discovery“) die Möglichkeit, von der Gegenseite Informationen über relevante Zeugen und Beweismittel einzufordern und auszutauschen. Üblicherweise wird das Gericht hierbei nicht selbst tätig, sondern überwacht lediglich die Sachverhaltsermittlung durch die Anwälte. Während sich ein Kläger in Deutschland nur auf Beweismaterial stützen kann, das sich in seinem Besitz befindet, ermöglicht die die Discovery in den USA auch den Zugriff auf Material bei der gegnerischen Partei. Hierdurch wird die Beweisposition des Klägers enorm gestärkt und gleichzeitig die beklagte Partei einer umfassenden Herausgabeverpflichtung ausgesetzt.


1. Sinn und Zweck

Die Discovery soll den Parteien Chancengleichheit geben und eine missbräuchliche Beweisunterdrückung verhindern. Durch eine ausführliche Ermittlung wird den Parteien nicht nur eine optimale Vorbereitung auf den anstehenden Prozess ermöglicht, sondern sie erhalten auch Einblicke in die Stärken und Schwächen der eigenen sowie der gegnerischen Argumente und Fakten.


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Florian von Eyb is an attorney in the firm’s business law and transaction group. He is a German native and a licensed attorney in both New York and Germany.

The focus of his German-American International Practice is on U.S.-inbound and international business transactions of companies and individuals from the German-speaking countries of Europe. Serving as a bridgehead in the U.S., he supports his clients with structuring and implementing their market entry or investment, advising on the creation and ongoing operation of U.S. subsidiaries, the acquisition of existing U.S. entities and the establishment of contractual relationships with U.S. partners and service providers (e.g. distributors, retailers etc.). In addition to corporate and business law (including M&A, general contract law), Mr. von Eyb advises European and U.S. clients on employment and immigration law (work visa and double-citizenship), intellectual property issues (e.g. licensing), legal opinions on capacity and enforceability of agreements and compliance with U.S.





Steven Thal has an extensive practice in international corporate and commercial transactions, with particular concentration in U.S. and European cross-border transactions. Mr. Thal advises German, Swiss, and Austrian companies and individuals on cross-border transactions and United States legal issues. He has represented numerous large and mid-sized German-based multinational corporations. At Offit Kurman, he heads up our German practice area. The German Practice Area attorneys and German legal assistants provide seamless representations to clients from the German-speaking countries of Europe.







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