Commercial Litigation UK

  • May 30, 2024

    EU Court Rejects Appeal Over Spanish Port Tax Breaks

    The European Union's Court of Justice on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling that corporate tax exemptions Spain extended to seaports were illegal state aid, brushing aside arguments that a more thorough economic analysis was warranted to prove the tax breaks bestowed an unfair advantage.

  • May 30, 2024

    EU Court Buries Bid To Nix Plant Nursery's Succulent Variety

    A European court ruled Wednesday that a Belgian plant nursery can register a new type of succulent, upholding an earlier decision by the bloc's plant intellectual property rights body to refuse a Dutch company's challenge to the plant.

  • May 30, 2024

    Swansea City Hit Ex-Head Coach With £750K Contract Claim

    A Welsh football club has sued its former coach in a London court for over £750,000 ($955,000), alleging he breached his contract when he moved to work for a competing team, according to newly public court filings.

  • May 30, 2024

    Xiaomi Hit With FRAND Litigation In Paris

    A patent holding company has accused Xiaomi in a French court of unlawfully using its tech patents for "nearly all" of 4G-enabled devices, just a week after suing the phone giant in India.

  • May 30, 2024

    Manager Claims Wealth Fund Has Shorted His Fees For Years

    A wealth fund manager has sued his employer for £252,900 ($321,300) in missing management fees and bonuses, alleging at a London court that his trust in bosses meant he didn't realize they had underpaid him for several years.

  • May 30, 2024

    Firm Faces Negligence Case Over Historical Sex Abuse Claim

    Law firm Hugh James is being sued for as much as £1.5 million ($1.9 million) by a former pupil of a Catholic school who alleges solicitors mishandled his claim over historical sexual abuse.

  • May 30, 2024

    Co-Founder Says French Incubator Wants To 'Destroy' Him

    A co-founder of a French incubator has urged a London court to throw out a claim brought against him by his former company over allegedly misappropriated funds, saying the aim of the "vexatious and oppressive" litigation was to "destroy" him.

  • May 30, 2024

    Legal Advice On Corp. Setups Protected, ECJ Adviser Says

    A law firm's legal advice, even that concerning the setting up of a corporate investment structure, is within the scope of legal professional privilege guaranteed by European Union law, an adviser to the EU's highest court said Thursday.

  • May 30, 2024

    Divorcee Of Putin Ex-Son-In-Law Sues Investment Co. For £1M

    The ex-wife of Vladimir Putin's former son-in-law has claimed that a venture capital firm owes her £1.1 million ($1.4 million) for allegedly failing to help her to secure her divorce proceedings and a $60 million prenuptial agreement.

  • May 30, 2024

    Italian Rules On Internet Companies Unlawful, ECJ Finds

    Amazon, Google, Airbnb and other internet companies have won their fight against a law requiring them to provide Italian authorities with information about their operations as the European Union's highest court ruled Thursday that the obligation breaches of the bloc's rules.

  • May 30, 2024

    Odey Sues FT For Libel After Sexual Misconduct Allegations

    Crispin Odey has sued the Financial Times at a London court after the newspaper published articles that contained a string of allegations of sexual misconduct against the well-known financier.

  • May 29, 2024

    Autonomy Founder Pushed Sales Team Hard, Jury Hears

    A federal prosecutor cross-examining ex-Autonomy CEO Michael Lynch on Wednesday in a criminal fraud trial over claims the British tech tycoon conned HP into overpaying billions for his software company sought to portray Lynch as an overbearing leader who put intense pressure on his team to generate "revenue revenue revenue."

  • May 29, 2024

    Malaysia Plans Suits Over $14.9B Award To Sulu Claimants

    Units of Malaysia's national natural gas company are planning to file litigation in Europe against claimants awarded $14.9 billion and their litigation funder following a high-stakes arbitration with the Southeast Asian country over a 19th-century land deal, according to newly filed documents in New York.

  • May 29, 2024

    Lawyer Loses Bid To Nix SRA Probe Over COVID Vax Letters

    The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal on Wednesday tossed a bid by an impugned solicitor to have his prosecution struck out for abuse of process, saying the case regarding whether he misused his position in representing vaccine-hesitant clients should proceed to trial.

  • May 29, 2024

    Taylor Wessing Says £395K Unpaid For Advising Football Club

    Taylor Wessing LLP is suing a real estate company owned by the chairman of Southend United FC for £394,733 ($502,000) that it alleges remains unpaid after the law firm provided legal services to the National League football club.

  • May 29, 2024

    Penguin Loses 'Plan B' TM Bid Over Bad Faith Ruling

    A European court refused to overturn a decision nixing a Penguin Random House trademark bid Wednesday, upholding a previous ruling that the application was made to usurp the existing name rights of an independent Spanish publisher.

  • May 29, 2024

    Turkish Cos. Say Ship Owner Failed To Keep Vessel Seaworthy

    Two Turkish companies have hit back at a freighter owner's claim for compensation over an engine room fire that caused the ship to drift toward the Yemeni coast, arguing in London court filings that it was caused by negligence.

  • May 29, 2024

    Russian Billionaire Beats Sanctions Over Lack Of Evidence

    The European Union lacked justification to sanction billionaire Farkhad Akhmedov following Russia's invasion of Ukraine since there's no credible evidence he's a leading figure in economic industries vital to the government, an EU court ruled Wednesday.

  • May 29, 2024

    Chiquita Brands Scores Victory In 'Queen' TM Dispute

    Chiquita Brands notched a trademark win Wednesday in its bid to register "Chiquita Queen," after a European court ruled that earlier panels were wrong to think it would encroach on an existing fruit brand's territory.

  • May 29, 2024

    Barrister Fined For Not Disclosing SRA Investigation

    A lawyer was fined £5,000 ($6,360) Wednesday for not informing the barrister's regulator of an investigation into him by the Solicitors Regulation Authority over a failure to safeguard client information and assets by a law firm he ran.

  • May 29, 2024

    Italian Airline's Chair Hits Back At €50M 'Revenge' Claim

    The chair of Aeroitalia has urged a London court to throw out a €50 million ($54 million) claim over the Italian airline, arguing he had not agreed to transfer most of his stake in the business to a company claiming to have links with aviation magnate German Efromovich.

  • May 29, 2024

    Teacher Wins Race Harassment Claim Against School

    An employment tribunal has ruled that a school in Wales harassed a Black history teacher while investigating offensive comments she allegedly made in a lesson about her lack of trust in police and her use of a racial slur.

  • May 29, 2024

    Belarus Airline Can't Curb Sanctions Over Lukashenko Ties

    The General Court of the European Union upheld sanctions against a Belarusian airline on Wednesday, ruling that the carrier is backed by President Alexander Lukashenko and helped to facilitate the illegal entry of migrants from the Middle East into the bloc.

  • May 29, 2024

    Great Western Railway Loses Appeal In Whistleblowing Loss

    Great Western Railway has lost its attempt to overturn a worker's whistleblowing win, as an appeals tribunal held that a judge was right to find the train operator victimized the employee for bringing legal action years earlier.

  • May 28, 2024

    Autonomy Founder Says HP 'Panicked,' Tried To Unwind Deal

    Autonomy founder Michael Lynch testified Tuesday in a California federal criminal trial over claims he conned HP into overpaying for his company that HP's board "panicked" after news of the acquisition leaked and HP's stock dropped 20%, that HP fired its CEO and that it attempted to back out of the deal.

Expert Analysis

  • Taking Stock Of Changes UK Economic Crime Act Will Bring

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    With more than six months since the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act's enactment, it is time to look at the steps organizations can take to prepare for imminent changes, including the new failure to prevent fraud offense and extensions to Companies House authority, say lawyers at Mayer Brown.

  • Sanctions Ruling Opens Door For Enforcer To Clear Up Rules

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    In Vneshprombank v. Bedzhamov, the High Court recently argued against a broader interpretation of the test on reasonable suspicion for asset freezes, offering the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation an opportunity to clarify when freezes should be applied and respond to judicial criticism of its guidance on financial sanctions, says Tasha Benkhadra at Corker Binning.

  • How Gov't Response Addresses Investment Act Concerns

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    The government’s recently published response to a call for evidence on the National Security and Investment Act is largely appropriate to stakeholder concerns raised and demonstrates in its five areas of focus that it is willing to respond to live issues, say lawyers at Watson Farley.

  • UPC Appeal Ruling Clarifies Language Change Framework

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    In 10x Genomics v. Curio Bioscience, the Unified Patent Court recently allowed proceedings to be conducted in English, rather than German, shedding light on the framework on UPC language change applications and hopefully helping prevent future disputes, say Conor McLaughlin and Nina O'Sullivan at Mishcon de Reya.

  • How Generative AI Can Enhance Disclosure Review Processes

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    As recent developments show that implementing artificial intelligence in legal processes remains a critical challenge, the disclosure process — one of the most document-intensive legal exercises — presents itself as a prime use-case, illustrating how generative AI can supplement traditional technology-assisted review, say lawyers at Macfarlanes.

  • Decoding Arbitral Disputes: The Benefits Of Non-EU Venues

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    In Spain v. Triodos, a Swedish appeal court recently annulled an intra-EU investment treaty award, reinforcing a growing trend in the bloc against enforcing such awards, and highlighting the advantages of initiating enforcement proceedings in common law jurisdictions, such as the U.K., says Josep Galvez at 4-5 Gray's Inn Square.

  • Experian Ruling Helps Cos. Navigate GDPR Transparency

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    In Information Commissioner v. Experian, the Upper Tribunal recently reaffirmed the lawfulness of the company's marketing practices, providing guidance that will assist organizations in complying with the GDPR’s transparency obligations, say lawyers at Jenner & Block.

  • Salvaging The Investor-State Arbitration System's Legitimacy

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    Recent developments in Europe and Ecuador highlight the vulnerability of the investor-state arbitration framework, but arbitrators can avert a crisis by relying on a poorly understood doctrine of fairness and equity, rather than law, to resolve the disputes before them, says Phillip Euell at Diaz Reus.

  • UK Trademark Law May Further Diverge From EU Standards

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    The recently enacted Retained EU Law Act, which removes the principle of EU law supremacy, offers a path for U.K. trademark law to distance itself even further from EU precedent — beyond the existing differences between the two trademark examination processes, say David Kemp and Michael Shaw at Marks & Clerk.

  • Clarity Is Central Theme In FCA's Greenwashing Guidance

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    Recent Financial Conduct Authority guidance for complying with the U.K. regulator's anti-greenwashing rule sends an overarching message that sustainability claims must be clear, accurate and capable of being substantiated, say lawyers at Cadwalader.

  • How Clinical Trials Affect Patentability In US And Europe

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    A comparison of recent U.S. and European patent decisions — concerning the effect of disclosures in clinical trials on the patentability of products — offers guidance on good practice for companies dealing with public use issues and prior art documents in these commercially important jurisdictions, say lawyers at Finnegan.

  • ECHR Ruling May Pave Path For A UK Climate Damage Tort

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    In light of case law on the interaction between human rights law and common law, the European Court of Human Rights' recent ruling in KlimaSeniorinnen v. Switzerland, finding the country at fault for failures to tackle global warming, could tip the scales toward extending English tort law to cover climate change-related losses, say lawyers at Cleary.

  • Disciplinary Ruling Has Lessons For Lawyers On Social Media

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    A recent Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal judgment against a solicitor for online posts deemed antisemitic and offensive highlights the serious sanctions that can stem from conduct on social media and the importance of law firms' efforts to ensure that their employees behave properly, say Liz Pearson and Andrew Pavlovic at CM Murray.

  • The Art Of Corporate Apologies: Crafting An Effective Strategy

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    Public relations challenges often stop companies from apologizing amid alleged wrongdoing, but a recent U.K. government consultation seeks to make this easier, highlighting the importance of corporate apologies and measures to help companies balance the benefits against the potential legal ramifications, says Dina Hudson at Byfield Consultancy.

  • What UK Supreme Court Strike Ruling Means For Employers

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    Although the U.K. Supreme Court recently declared in Mercer v. Secretary of State that part of a trade union rule and employees' human rights were incompatible, the decision will presumably not affect employer engagement with collective bargaining, as most companies are already unlikely to rely on the rule as part of their broader industrial relations strategy, say lawyers at Baker McKenzie.

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