Commercial Litigation UK

  • June 19, 2024

    Russian Billionaire Loses Bid To Overturn EU Sanctions

    The European Union's General Court upheld sanctions against Russian billionaire Igor Rotenberg on Wednesday, ruling that there is enough evidence to show he profited from Russia supporting companies he managed and owned shares in.

  • June 19, 2024

    Sales Reps Win Discrimination Claim Over 'Somali Pirate' Slur

    An employment tribunal has ruled that used car seller Stellantis & You discriminated against two sales advisers following evidence of racial slurs, including staff calling one a "Somali pirate" and another a "Black bastard."

  • June 19, 2024

    Mastercard Cuts Time-Barred Claims From £10B Class Action

    A London tribunal has wiped out a swathe of claims from a £10 billion ($12.7 billion) class action against Mastercard for being time-barred, dismissing allegations on Wednesday that the credit card giant had hidden information about its interchange fees from consumers.

  • June 19, 2024

    Gaming Execs Deny Copying Ex-Firm's Code For New Game

    Two former directors of an online gambling company have denied its claim that they plagiarized copyrighted source code for its "Slingo" online betting game to produce several competing products through the rival business they joined.

  • June 19, 2024

    Coinbase Loses Bid For EU Trademark Resembling Letter 'C'

    Cryptocurrency exchange platform Coinbase failed to persuade a European court to upend an intellectual property office ruling that rejected its figurative trademark for a shape resembling the letter "C" as the court backed the ruling that the application lacked distinctive character.

  • June 19, 2024

    Plane Not 'Lost' In $15M Stranded Jet Row, Chubb Says

    Chubb European Group SE has said it is not liable for $14.7 million claimed by the Irish wing of a U.S. aircraft leasing company to cover the claimed loss of a plane stranded in Russia because the insurer says it is not actually lost.

  • June 19, 2024

    Barrister Sanctioned Over Fight At The Opera

    A barrister was sanctioned by a disciplinary board on Wednesday for getting into a fistfight at an opera as the panel found that he had behaved in a way that is likely to diminish public trust in the legal profession.

  • June 19, 2024

    PPE Distributor Claims $11M Lost In 'Secret Commissions'

     A British medical supplier is suing its former agent for $10.8 million for allegedly defrauding it by taking secret commission on orders of personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • June 19, 2024

    Train Operator Denies Hiding Cheaper Fares From Passengers

    A rail operator told a class action trial in London on Wednesday that allegations by rail passengers that it had concealed the existence of cheaper tickets from customers are not backed up by any evidence.

  • June 18, 2024

    Train Operators' Boundary-Fare Class Action Trial Opens

    At a class action trial in London on Tuesday, rail passengers accused English rail operators of abusing their dominant market position by failing to sell cheaper tickets to some customers and forcing them to pay up to double the price for their journey.

  • June 18, 2024

    NHS Surgeon Loses Appeal Over Fixed-Term Status

    A locum consultant breast surgeon lost her bid to become a permanent employee at a London hospital trust Tuesday after an appellate judge found that the trust was entitled to keep her on a fixed-term contract.

  • June 18, 2024

    Garden Screen Co. Says Rival Ripped Off Its Unique Designs

    The owners of a line of allegedly unique garden screens have sued a rival in London court for supposedly copying the designs, which the owners argue are protected by copyright.

  • June 18, 2024

    Solicitor Who Stalked Ex-Girlfriend Struck Off

    A solicitor convicted of stalking over repeatedly kicking his ex-girlfriend's door and threatening to "sort her out" has been struck off by a tribunal Tuesday.

  • June 18, 2024

    Ex-Yukos Oil Investors Auction Russian Vodka TMs For €1.6M

    The former shareholders of Yukos Oil Co. said Monday they have auctioned the Benelux rights to trademarks for 18 Russian vodka brands, including Stolichnaya and Moskovskaya, as they continue their effort to enforce $50 billion in arbitral awards against Russia.

  • June 18, 2024

    Insurers Appeal COVID ExCeL Biz Insurance Test Case Ruling

    Insurers launched an appeal on Tuesday to overturn a landmark test case ruling that would provide cover for COVID-19 lockdowns for thousands of companies with "at-the-premises" business interruption wording in their policies.

  • June 18, 2024

    Insurers Deny Stranded Planes Are 'Lost' In $45M Claim

    A range of insurers have said they are not liable for $44.9 million claimed by an Irish aircraft operating company to cover the loss of planes stranded in Russia because they argue the airline business has not suffered any loss.

  • June 18, 2024

    Judges Fight For Higher Pay When Acting In Senior Roles

    A group of judges told the Employment Tribunal on Tuesday that they are being unfairly underpaid, arguing that when they occasionally act in more senior roles they should be paid the same as the judges in those higher positions.

  • June 18, 2024

    Ex-Footballer To Pay TV Presenter £110K To Settle Slur Claim

    Television presenter Jeremy Vine has partly won his libel claim against former professional footballer Joey Barton over online posts that labeled him a "bike nonce" after Barton said in a public apology on Tuesday that he had agreed to pay £75,000 ($95,200) in damages.

  • June 18, 2024

    HSBC Manager Won't Be Reinstated After Unfair Dismissal

    An employment tribunal has refused to order HSBC to reinstate a former manager after it unfairly dismissed her in a flawed redundancy process, finding that the bank would have ended her employment on the same day anyway.

  • June 18, 2024

    Serco Settles Landmark Shareholder Dispute Mid-Trial

    Serco settled a landmark shareholders' claim on Tuesday with investors who sued the outsourcing giant for compensation over an overbilling scandal that caused its share price to nosedive.

  • June 18, 2024

    Manufacturer Demands Ex-Director Gives Up Personal Emails

    A chemicals manufacturer is suing its former director for keeping hold of his personal email addresses after he left the job, which it claims contain business invoices and information about the company's performance.

  • June 18, 2024

    Samsung Bioepis Denies Infringing Blood Treatment Patent

    Samsung Bioepis has fought back against a bid by Alexion to prevent it from selling a biosimilar version of a patented blood treatment drug by a rival, telling a court that this will not infringe the protections of an AstraZeneca subsidiary over the medicine.

  • June 17, 2024

    Disney Cruise Says Ex-Worker Must Arbitrate In London

    Disney Cruise Lines has told a Florida federal court that a Honduran ex-employee who was fired for twice testing positive for marijuana must arbitrate his wrongful termination claim in London.

  • June 17, 2024

    Ex-Energy Minister Revives Bid To Ax Libel Defense

    A lawyer for an Iraqi politician said an investigative journalism article about the Iraqi oil business is "cherry-picking" bits of a court judgment to "create a story of corruption," urging a judge Monday to throw out the journalists' defense to his libel claim.

  • June 24, 2024

    Leading Blockchain Lawyer Joins Lawrence Stephens

    Lawrence Stephens Ltd. has hired a litigator with expertise in blockchain technology and digital assets from Shoosmiths amid growing demand from clients for advice on cryptocurrency asset recoveries and all other issues associated with emerging technologies.

Expert Analysis

  • A Look At 2023's Landmark Insolvency Developments

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    The insolvency landscape in 2023 witnessed pivotal court decisions that will continue to shape the industry in 2024, with a focus on refining director and administrator duties and obligations, and addressing emerging challenges, says Kerri Wilson at Ontier.

  • Hague Judgments Treaty May Boost UK-EU Cooperation

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    The U.K.'s recent decision to sign the Hague Judgments Convention could help rebuild post-Brexit judicial cooperation with the EU by creating a holistic arrangement on mutual recognition and enforcement of judgments, say Patrick Robinson and Stephen Lacey at Linklaters.

  • 5 Key UK Employment Law Developments From 2023

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    Key employment law issues in 2023 suggest that topics such as trade union recognition for collective bargaining in the gig economy, industrial action and menopause discrimination will be at the top of the agenda for employers and employees in 2024, say Merrill April and Anaya Price at CM Murray.

  • Emerging Trends From A Busy Climate Litigation Year

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    Although many environmental cases brought in the U.K. were unsuccessful in 2023, they arguably clarified several relevant issues, such as climate rights, director and trustee obligations, and the extent to which claimants can hold the government accountable, illustrating what 2024 may have in store for climate litigation, say Simon Bishop and Patrick Kenny at Hausfeld.

  • Key 2024 Arbitration Trends In A Changing World

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    As key sectors such as ESG and the global mining and commodities market will continue to generate more arbitration in 2024, procedural developments in arbitral law will both guide future arbitration proceedings and provide helpful lessons on confidentiality, disclosure and professional duty, say Louise Woods and Elena Guillet at V&E.

  • 2024 Will Be A Busy Year For Generative AI And IP Issues

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    In light of increased litigation and policy proposals on balancing intellectual property rights and artificial intelligence innovation, 2024 is shaping up to be full of fast-moving developments that will have significant implications for AI tool developers, users of such tools and rights holders, say lawyers at Mishcon de Reya.

  • Regulating Digital Platforms: What's Changing In EU And UK

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    Lawyers at Mayer Brown assess the status of recently enacted EU and U.K. antitrust regulation governing gatekeeper platforms, noting that the effects are already being felt, and that companies will need to avoid anti-competitive self-preferencing and ensure a higher degree of interoperability than has been required to date.

  • Dyson Decision Highlights Post-Brexit Forum Challenges

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    The High Court's recent decision in Limbu v. Dyson, barring the advancement of group supply chain claims against Dyson subsidiaries in the U.K. and Malaysia, suggests that, following Brexit, claims concerning events abroad may less frequently proceed to trial in England, say lawyers at Debevoise.

  • 9 Takeaways From The UPC's First 6 Months In Session

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    Six months after its opening, the Unified Patent Court has established itself as an appealing jurisdiction, with its far territorial reach, short filing deadlines and extremely quick issuance of preliminary injunctions showing that it is well-prepared to provide for rapid legal clarity, says Antje Brambrink at Finnegan.

  • How Boards Can Mitigate Privacy, Cybersecurity And AI Risks

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    In 2023, data privacy, cybersecurity and AI persist as prominent C-suite concerns as regulators stepped up enforcement, and organizations must develop a plan for handling these risks, in particular those with a global footprint, say lawyers at Latham.

  • The Year In FRAND: What To Know Heading Into 2024

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    In 2023, there were eight significant developments concerning the fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory patent licensing regime that undergirds technical standardization, say Tom Millikan and Kevin Zeck at Perkins Coie.

  • The Outlook For UK Restructuring Plans At Home And Abroad

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    The U.K. continues to be a center for large-cap, cross-border restructurings, though its competitive edge over the EU in this regard may narrow, while small and medium-sized enterprises are already likely to avoid costly formal processes by reaching out to their secured lenders for restructuring solutions, say Paul Keddie and Timothy Bromley-White at Macfarlanes.

  • Foreign Assets Ruling Suggests New Tax Avoidance Approach

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    The U.K. Supreme Court's recent ruling in His Majesty's Revenue & Customs v. Fisher, which found that the scope of the transfer of foreign assets is narrow, highlights that the days of rampant tax avoidance have been left behind, and that the need for wide-ranging and uncertain tax legislation is lessening, says James Austen at Collyer Bristow.

  • Class Action-Style Claims Are On The Horizon In 2024

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    Following the implementation of an EU directive enabling consumers to bring actions for collective redress, 2024 will likely see the first serious swathe of class action-style cases in Europe, particularly in areas such as cyber exposures, ESG and product liability, says Henning Schaloske at Clyde & Co.

  • Cos. Must Monitor Sanctions Regime As Law Remains Unclear

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    While recent U.K. government guidance and an English High Court's decision in Litasco v. Der Mond Oil, finding that a company is sanctioned when a designated individual is exercising control over it, both address sanctions control issues, disarray in the law remains, highlighting that practitioners should keep reviewing their exposure to the sanctions regime, say lawyers at K&L Gates.

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