Commercial Litigation UK

  • May 10, 2024

    Halfords Worker Mocked With African Accent Wins £53K

    A tribunal has awarded a former manager at auto repair and cycling retailer Halfords more than £53,000 ($66,000) after ruling that his co-worker harassed him because of his race by imitating an African accent.

  • May 09, 2024

    Court Staffer Wins Claim That Office Work Was Discriminatory

    An administrative officer at a London magistrates court has won her employment tribunal claim accusing the court of unlawfully disciplining her for missing work because of her chronic pain condition.

  • May 09, 2024

    Ex-Goldman Banker Fights To Overturn Contempt Ruling

    A former Goldman Sachs banker urged a London appellate court panel Thursday to overturn a ruling that he had breached court orders to hand over information about the financial assets of the wife of an imprisoned Turkish politician. 

  • May 09, 2024

    Royal Bank Of Canada Beats Analyst's Bullying Claim

    The Royal Bank of Canada convinced an employment tribunal to toss discrimination claims from a former employee because he filed his action too late.

  • May 09, 2024

    Plant Milk Co. Loses Bid For 'Not Milk' TM

    A Chilean plant-based food manufacturer has failed to register the trademark "Not Milk," after a European court ruled that it couldn't be protected because it merely described a key quality of its beverages.

  • May 09, 2024

    AmTrust Loses Cap Costs Fight In Lloyd's Syndicate Deal

    A London court ruled Thursday that two reinsurers are entitled to cap at £1 million ($1.25 million) a range of expenses they are required to pay after they acquired AmTrust's economic interests in a Lloyd's syndicate.

  • May 09, 2024

    TV Presenter, Ex-Football Pro Battle Over Online Slurs

    Television presenter Jeremy Vine battled in a London court on Thursday against Joey Barton, a former professional footballer, over the meaning of online posts accusing Vine of being an advocate for compulsory COVID-19 vaccination and a "bike nonce."

  • May 09, 2024

    Sony Film Co. Sues Media Group For $49M Over Share Deal

    Sony Group's Columbia Pictures has brought a $49 million claim in London against a media company that allegedly failed to pay for any shares in an entertainment business it had agreed to buy.

  • May 09, 2024

    Sports Direct Seeks To Revive Newcastle Injunction Bid

    Sports Direct urged an appeals court on Thursday to grant it an injunction to force Newcastle United to stock its store with replica kits of the Premier League football club, arguing that the antitrust tribunal was wrong to refuse its request.

  • May 09, 2024

    Google Fights To Shut Down Advertising Antitrust Case

    Tech giant Google asked a London tribunal on Thursday to strike out a proposed class action brought on behalf of website publishers who run advertisements over alleged anti-competitive practices, arguing the claim is not properly pleaded and does not sufficiently set out damages.

  • May 09, 2024

    Video Game Developer Loses Bid To Register Branding

    A European Union court has rejected a bid by an Italian marketing and training game developer to register its "Gamindo" branding, ruling that the mark was too similar to another company's "Gamigo" brand.

  • May 09, 2024

    Insurer Beats Engineering Co.'s New Bid For $10M Payout

    England's Court of Appeal said Thursday that an insurer should not be on the hook for $10.4 million (£8.3 million) after a ship crashed into an oil platform, throwing out a legal challenge by a French engineering company.

  • May 09, 2024

    Construction Giant Cimolai Settles €10.6M Forex Dispute

    Italian construction giant Cimolai has settled a €10.6 million ($11.4 million) claim from Ebury Partners over foreign exchange contracts that the steel pipe manufacturer signed in 2022.

  • May 09, 2024

    University Not Liable For Staffer's Remark At Social Event

    A former university member of staff cannot hold her old employers liable for a colleague's warning at a social gathering over her legal claims against the institution because he was not acting in the course of his employment, a tribunal has ruled.

  • May 08, 2024

    Ex-Student Union Leader Settles Anti-Zionist Beliefs Claim

    The former president of the National Union of Students, who was ousted over allegations of antisemitism, has settled her discrimination claim with the organization, her lawyers said.

  • May 08, 2024

    EGC Won't Annul EU Decision To Toss Spanish Tax Scheme

    The European General Court will not annul a European Commission decision that a Spanish tax scheme for vessels built in its domestic shipyards must be abandoned because it was incompatible with the European Union's internal market, according to a judgment released Wednesday.

  • May 08, 2024

    Appeal Court Wrongly Allowed Challenge To $5M Cargo Award

    Britain's top court ruled on Wednesday an appellate court was wrong to allow an agriculture distributor to challenge two arbitral awards totaling just over $5 million arising out of a botched sale of pulse cargoes, finding the appeal should not have been granted on the basis of a notional new contract.

  • May 08, 2024

    Marsh Can't Duck Chemical Co.'s Negligence Claim

    A London court on Wednesday refused Marsh's bid to strike out a global chemicals group's claim alleging the insurance broker negligently arranged faulty motor insurance cover.

  • May 15, 2024

    Squire Patton Hires Partner Trio As UK Expansion Continues

    Squire Patton Boggs LLP said Wednesday that it has hired three partners in Birmingham and London in a move to boost its offerings in litigation; leveraged finance; and environmental, social and governance.

  • May 08, 2024

    StanChart Bids To Toss Investors' Sanctions Claim On Appeal

    Standard Chartered PLC urged an appeals court Wednesday to toss accusations from investors that it had downplayed the extent to which it had breached U.S. sanctions against Iran by hundreds of billions of dollars, saying they have insufficient evidence to support them.

  • May 08, 2024

    Puma Can't Trip Up Rival Shoe Designs IP

    Puma failed Wednesday to convince a European court that two rivals' sneaker designs had soles that were too similar to its own to gain design protections after the court concluded that it had to consider the shoes as a whole.

  • May 08, 2024

    Daimler Loses Bid For 'Certified' Trademark At EU Court

    Auto giant Daimler lost its bid on Wednesday for trademark registration over a logo bearing the word "certified" as a European Union court found that the word had no distinctive meaning in connection with trucks.

  • May 08, 2024

    Solicitor Struck Off For Asking Client For Sexual Images

    A tribunal struck off a solicitor on Wednesday after concluding that he dishonestly persuaded a vulnerable client to send him sexually explicit images by falsely claiming he needed them to prevent her ex-husband from posting them as revenge porn.

  • May 08, 2024

    Dr. Martens Accuses Temu Of Google Search TM Use

    Dr. Martens has accused Chinese ultra-fast fashion giant Temu of paying Google to show its knockoffs of the British shoemaker's famous black boots in the search results of online shoppers.

  • May 08, 2024

    Reed Smith's $13M Ask May Breach Sanctions, Barclays Says

    Barclays has told a London court that it rightfully refused to transfer approximately $13 million back to a sanctioned shipping company at Reed Smith LLP's request after a collapsed tanker deal, arguing that it declined so it could avoid violating sanctions.

Expert Analysis

  • Taking Stock Of Company Climate Duties After ClientEarth

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    Despite the High Court's recent dismissal of ClientEarth v. Shell, the case nonetheless has key consequences for companies that are susceptible to being targeted by nonprofit activists as environmental, social and corporate governance lawfare continues, says Dan Harris at Chancery Advisors.

  • Copyright Cheat Sheet: Finding Substantially Similar Songs

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    Using the recent copyright infringement case against Ed Sheeran over his hit song "Thinking Out Loud" as a case study, forensic musicologist Ethan Lustig provides an overview for attorneys of which musical elements do and do not, when altered, create the sense of a new or distinct composition — a determination increasingly sought from experts in court.

  • Lessons On Cricket Patent History And IP Protection At UPC

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    On the heels of the creation of the Unified Patent Court in Europe, Susan Bradley at Marks & Clerk looks at how its development is interwoven with the history of cricket, and why inventors in that field have always taken advantage of the latest developments in intellectual property protection.

  • FCA Case Failures Highlight Value Of Robust Investigation

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    The recent U.K. upper tribunal judgment in Seiler, Whitestone and Raitzin v. The Financial Conduct Authority, criticizing the regulator for accepting a narrative advanced by the firm, makes clear that such admissions must not get in the way of a proper investigation to enable agencies to target the correct individuals, say Tom Bushnell and Olivia Dwan at Hickman & Rose.

  • Reputation Management Lessons From Spacey Case

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    While a U.K. jury recently acquitted actor Kevin Spacey of sexual assault charges, his reputation has been harmed, illustrating the importance for lawyers to balance a client's right to privacy with media engagement throughout the criminal process, says Jessica Welch at Simkins.

  • Factors To Consider In Protecting Software With Trade Secrets

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    With trade secrets protecting subject matter that would not otherwise be eligible for a patent now a mainstay of many multinationals’ intellectual property strategies, software developers have a number of considerations in deciding whether this is a viable alternative to protect their invention, says Dave Clark at Potter Clarkson.

  • What ClientEarth Ruling Means For Shareholder Climate Suits

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    The High Court recently confirmed its earlier decision in ClientEarth v. Shell, illustrating that environmental groups seeking to bring a derivative action against corporate directors' strategic decision making may find it challenging to obtain admissible evidence to establish a prima facie case of a breach, say lawyers at Herbert Smith.

  • Directors Should Beware Reinvigorated UK Insolvency Service

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    The recent lengthy disqualification of Carillion directors serves as a salutary lesson to executives on the level of third-party scrutiny to which their actions may be exposed, and a reminder that the directors’ fiduciary duty to creditors is paramount once a company is irretrievably insolvent, says Ben Drew at Fladgate.

  • EU Privacy Plan Finally Resolves Data Transfer Woes

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    Previous attempts by the European Commission to facilitate data transfers to the U.S. have been unsuccessful, but the recent EU-U.S. Data Privacy Framework may bring greater legal certainty through new control mechanisms and clearer supervisory authority functions, say Joaquín Muñoz and Robbie Morrison at Bird & Bird.

  • The New Accountability Landscape For Financial Regulators

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    The preliminary-stage success of a group of U.K. lawmakers in a case against the Financial Conduct Authority highlights the significant hurdles for review of regulatory actions, but the Financial Services and Markets Act 2023 creates additional visibility into the regulators' decision making, which may lead to an increase in judicial review activity, say attorneys at Cleary.

  • Director Responsibilities Amid Russian Asset Seizures

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    Following Russia's recent takeover of several companies, shareholders may argue that directors failed to properly guard the companies' assets and choose to bring derivative claims or unfair prejudice petitions, say lawyers at Collyer Bristow.

  • Investors Should Prepare For Possible EU Energy Treaty Exit

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    Following the European Commission’s recent call for the European Union and Euratom to withdraw from the Energy Charter Treaty, investors in the energy sector should assess the legal structure of their existing investments and consider restructuring to ensure adequate protections, says Philipp Kurek at Kirkland.

  • What Trustees Must Know About Virgin Media Pension Case

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    The High Court's recent decision in Virgin Media v. NTL Trustees could have significant consequences for salary-related contracted-out schemes, making it necessary for trustees to start examining any deeds of amendment during the affected time period, says James Newcome at Wedlake Bell.

  • EU Illumina-Grail Fine Cools Cos.' Merger Control Approach

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    The European Commission's recent record-breaking fine on Illumina for acquiring Grail without approval underscores its tough stance on merger control enforcement, showing that companies in Europe need to be vigilant in complying with regulatory requirements, say Salomé Cisnal de Ugarte and Raphaël Fleischer at King & Spalding.

  • UK Top Court Ruling Spells Uncertainty For Litigation Funders

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    The U.K. Supreme Court's recent decision in Paccar Inc. v. Competition Appeal Tribunal has called litigation funding agreements impermissible, causing astonishment in the legal industry and raising questions over how funders should now approach litigation, say Mohsin Patel at Factor Risk Management and Imran Benson at Hailsham Chambers.

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