Commercial Litigation UK

  • March 11, 2024

    EasyGroup Fights Tefal's Bid To Revoke Its 'Easy' TMs

    EasyGroup has hit back at Tefal's claim that its trademarks are invalid and therefore cannot be infringed in an ongoing battle over the French cookware maker's "Easy Fry" air fryers.

  • March 11, 2024

    Santander Whistleblower Loses Bid To Revive Claim

    An appellate tribunal has rejected a bid by a former financial crime policy manager at Santander to revive her whistleblowing and discrimination claims against the bank, ruling a fair trial was not possible because she failed to exchange witness statements.

  • March 11, 2024

    £237M Ponzi Case Doesn't Stack Up, Ex-LC&F Director Says

    A former director of London Capital & Finance told a trial over the £237 million ($304 million) investment scandal on Monday that he did not take part in the alleged Ponzi scheme.

  • March 11, 2024

    Insurers Sued For €403M Over Nord Stream Pipeline Damage

    The operator of two Baltic Sea gas pipelines hit by explosions has sued its insurers for more than €403 million ($440 million) to cover damage intended to "sabotage a politically significant pipeline" supplying natural gas from Russia to Western Europe.

  • March 11, 2024

    FCA Ends Eight-Year Probe Into Former Mobile App Co. Execs

    The Financial Conduct Authority has ended its civil court proceedings against two former executives of Globo, nine years after the mobile software developer fell into administration amid allegations of accounting fraud.

  • March 11, 2024

    Dentons Defeats SRA Over AML Checks On PEP Client

    A London tribunal confirmed on Monday that it has dismissed the Solicitors Regulation Authority's action against the U.K. arm of Dentons over the firm's handling of anti-money laundering checks on a politically exposed former client.

  • March 11, 2024

    Lack Of Evidence Hits Bid To Nix Bias Claim, Tribunal Rules

    A water treatment company has lost its bid to toss a discrimination claim brought by a fired employee, as a tribunal ruled that allegations that the worker seriously harassed a colleague is not enough to strike out his claim against the firm.

  • March 11, 2024

    Reed Smith Guides Nanoco's £33M Buyback, After Litigation

    Nanoco said on Monday that it will repurchase shares worth £33 million ($42 million) from investors after the nanotechnology company won a $150 million windfall from a Texas patent infringement lawsuit against South Korean electronics giant Samsung.

  • March 08, 2024

    UK Enforcers To Appeal Nixed £100M Hydrocortisone Fine

    Britain's competition enforcer is planning to appeal a tribunal's ruling that upended more than £100 million ($128.6 million) in fines against several drug companies for allegedly reaching agreements that increased the price of hydrocortisone tablets.

  • March 08, 2024

    Shein Accused Of Filching Rivals' Protected Shoe Designs

    A shoe retailer and its parent are accusing Shein of infringing their copyrights and protected designs by selling 45 styles of footwear which are "substantial reproductions" of the companies' blueprints.

  • March 08, 2024

    News Outlet Defends Article About Ex-Kazakh Leader's Assets

    The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has denied publishing defamatory articles suggesting Jusan Technologies Ltd. was set up as a corrupt vehicle for the ex-president of Kazakhstan to control his $7.8 billion business empire, claiming it was in the public interest to report on.

  • March 08, 2024

    EasyGroup Denies Volkswagen's IP Claims Over EV Charging Site

    EasyGroup Ltd. has disputed Volkswagen's claim that a website for electric-vehicle charging stations wrongly used a VW vehicle logo, among other issues, asserting that EasyGroup wasn't responsible for the site and had filed an "easyCharging" trademark in good faith.

  • March 08, 2024

    Czech Republic Can Fight Part Of $350M Blood Plasma Award

    A London judge Friday allowed the Czech Republic to pursue some of its challenges to a $350 million award in favor of a blood plasma company, but blocked others in a decades-long complex arbitration dispute.

  • March 08, 2024

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    This past week in London has seen Barclays initiate legal proceedings against top Russian private bank JSC Alfa-Bank; Lex Greensill, founder of the collapsed Greensill Capital, suing the U.K.'s Department for Business and Trade; Wikipedia's parent company hit with a libel claim; and a sports journalism teacher filing a data protection claim against Manchester United FC. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • March 08, 2024

    Shell Ordered To Disclose Docs In Nigerian Oil Spill Case

    Shell PLC was ordered by a judge on Friday to disclose documents concerning its potential liability for oil spills that are the subject of claims from thousands of Nigerian citizens suing the fossil fuel giant over the consequences of the pollution.

  • March 08, 2024

    Azeri Tycoon Can't Shift Freeze On £50M UK Property Empire

    A High Court Judge refused Friday to lift a freeze on a £50 million ($64 million) London property empire belonging to an Azeri tycoon and politician allegedly purchased with illicit cash while U.K. law enforcers plan their next move.

  • March 08, 2024

    GPT Whistleblower Sues MoD Over Saudi Bribery Scandal

    A whistleblower in a Saudi bribery case is suing the Ministry of Defence for allegedly leaving him exposed to threats of jail in Riyadh after he revealed corrupt payments worth millions from a British defense company to Saudi officials, his lawyers announced Friday.

  • March 08, 2024

    Kuwait Must Pay Doctor £330K In Age, Disability Bias Case

    The Kuwaiti government must pay a former diplomatic service doctor more than £330,000 ($425,000) for forcing him to retire after he refused to go to the office while shielding during the COVID-19 pandemic, a London tribunal ruled on Friday.

  • March 08, 2024

    4 Questions For Taylor Wessing's Mark Owen

    Mark Owen had never heard of intellectual property law before he took his second seat at Clifford Chance LLP, where he realized that he loved everything about it. Here, Owen talks to Law360 about how he got into IP law, how he expects artificial intelligence to affect the practice and what cases he's watching.

  • March 08, 2024

    Scottish Water Wins Retrial Of Analyst's Equal Pay Win

    An appeals tribunal has granted Scottish Water a second chance to argue that a female employee was paid less than her male counterpart because of a difference in skills and experience, rather than sex discrimination.

  • March 08, 2024

    Army Major Says MoD Branded Him Racist In £50K Libel Claim

    A major in the British Army has hit the Ministry of Defence with a £50,000 ($64,000) libel claim over a video on its website that allegedly said he pushed a Black warrant officer to want to quit by targeting him and others with compulsory drug tests.

  • March 07, 2024

    Dolce & Gabbana Harrods Worker Loses Race Bias Appeal

    An Algerian Dolce & Gabbana shop worker who was sacked from her job at the designer brand's Harrods store for gaming its sick leave policy has lost her fight to revive her claim that she was singled out because she was not Italian.

  • March 07, 2024

    Dentons Says It Was Not Required To Refuse PEP Client

    The U.K. arm of Dentons argued at tribunal Thursday that it had done enough to establish how an ex-client had earned his wealth, saying it was not required to refuse service because his home country had a higher risk of corruption and money laundering.

  • March 07, 2024

    Written Notice Not Required For Parental Leave, Court Says

    Employees do not need to have requested parental leave in writing to trigger U.K. laws protecting them from being sacked for exercising their right to time off after a child is born, a London appeals tribunal ruled Thursday.

  • March 07, 2024

    Panasonic Sues Xiaomi, Oppo, Over SEP Infringement

    Panasonic has accused the makers of Xiaomi and Oppo phones of infringing its patents related to 3G and 4G technology by selling products without taking on the "burden" of a license.

Expert Analysis

  • Factors Driving Increased Litigation Against European Cos.

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    European government regulation and enforcement, economic inflation and litigation funding are driving an increase in litigation, especially class actions, against corporations in Europe, a trend that seems to be here to stay, says Henning Schaloske at Clyde & Co.

  • US-EU Plan On AI Illustrates Differing Opinions On Regulation

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    While the recently announced U.S.-EU voluntary code of conduct for artificial intelligence demonstrates a commitment to deliberate management of the technology, differing views on AI regulation in both regions — and globally — highlight the challenges of achieving a universal solution, say attorneys at Dechert.

  • EU Ruling Sets Antitrust Analysis For Vertical Price-Fixing

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    The European Court of Justice's recent ruling in Super Bock v. Autoridade da Concorrência marks a significant step forward by introducing well-established EU competition law principles in the context of vertical price-fixing agreements, and seems to align with the U.S. approach, say lawyers at McDermott.

  • What Venezuelan Gold Fight Means For UK One Voice Doctrine

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    The Court of Appeal's judgment in Deutsche Bank v. Central Bank of Venezuela clarifies the application of the "one voice" doctrine to foreign court judgments, highlighting that the reasoning depends on the recognition or nonrecognition of a head of state or government that is contrary to the U.K. government's position, say lawyers at Latham.

  • The Importance Of A Proactive Approach To Workplace Safety

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    Two recent Crown Court cases regarding gross negligence manslaughter highlight the costs of failing to prioritize safety at work, which should act as a catalyst for companies to review and update their health and safety policies, say lawyers at Fieldfisher.

  • How Conflict Management Can Prevent Arbitration Disputes

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    Recent International Chamber of Commerce guidance highlights that thinking beyond traditional arbitration and litigation can deliver huge benefits for businesses, which should be proactive in utilizing mediation, evaluations and expert determinations to expedite resolution and reduce costs, says Jennifer Haywood at Serle Court.

  • Loot Box Regulation In Europe Could Benefit From Reform

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    In light of recent court rulings concerning video game loot boxes, authorities across Europe are taking increasing note of this mechanism, yet with a coordinated approach, appropriate regulations and a focus on enforcement, there is no need to issue a ban, say Elia Kim and Hazal Kirci at Simmons & Simmons.

  • Rare UK Ruling Offers Clarity On Business-To-Consumer Arb.

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    In an unusual ruling, the High Court recently refused to enforce a foreign-seated arbitration award in Payward v. Chechetkin — as doing so would be contrary to public policy — which is an important reminder for businesses to tailor dispute resolution provisions to the needs of specific consumers, say Charlie Morgan and Elizabeth Kantor at Herbert Smith.

  • Why Workplace Menstruation And Menopause Support Matters

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    The British Standards Institution's recent workplace standard on menstruation, menstrual health and menopause marks a new chapter in combating age- and gender-based employment inequalities, and employers play a huge role in facilitating inclusive workplaces to attract, retain and support women of all ages, says Kathleen Riach at Glasgow University.

  • Pension Trustee Case Could Lead To Fossil Fuels Divestment

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    While the recent Court of Appeal case McGaughey v. Universities Superannuation Scheme attempts to link fossil fuel investment by trustees to significant risk of financial detriment, it is concerning that two out of 470,000 scheme members could be permitted to bring a claim without ensuring that other members are represented, says Anna Metadjer at Kingsley Napley.

  • Outbound Screening May Be Next EU Investment Control Step

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    Following the European Commission’s recent commitment to reduce dependence on third countries by developing an outbound investment review mechanism, it will be interesting to see whether member states will take a united stand or whether national security interests will trump such an approach, say Christoph Barth and Neil Hoolihan at Linklaters.

  • Barclays Ruling Narrows Banks' Fraud Recovery Duty

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    The U.K. Supreme Court's recent ruling in Philipp v. Barclays decided against the so-called Quincecare duty's application in authorized push payment fraud, shining light on how banks should balance their responsibility to follow customers' instructions against making reasonable inquiries, say lawyers at Ontier.

  • EU Decision Adds To Growing Right Of Access Case Law

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    The European Court of Justice recently confirmed in Pankki S the broad scope of the right to access under the General Data Protection Regulation, including data processed before the regulation came into operation, which may pose a burden in terms of cost and time for organizations with long-standing clients, say Thibaut D'hulst, Dariusz Kloza and Danica Fong at Van Bael & Bellis.

  • How The Law Must Change To Accommodate Digital Assets

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    The Law Commission's recent report shows that the common law of England and Wales is well suited to adapt to digital assets, and with targeted statutory reform to unlock the possibility of recognizing property in intangible things, the U.K. can become an ideal hub for parties to transact with emerging technology, says Sarah Green at the commission.

  • Copyright Trial Defense Tips From 'Thinking Out Loud' Case

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    The twofold defense strategy that earned Ed Sheeran his recent "Thinking Out Loud" copyright trial victory revealed the strength of a musician's testimony, the importance of a consistent narrative and the power of public policy arguments when combating infringement claims, say Jonathan Phillips and Latrice Burks at Larson.

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