Commercial Litigation UK

  • May 02, 2024

    BofA Beats Whistleblower Claim Without Settlement Defense

    An employment judge has ruled a whistleblower working for Bank of America did not breach the terms of a settlement when he brought fresh litigation against the bank — but still dismissed his claims for filing them too late.

  • May 02, 2024

    Insurers Don't Have To Cover Deal Soured Over Bribery Woes

    A London appeals court on Thursday rejected a holding company's bid to overturn a ruling that found its insurers were not liable for losses it suffered when its acquisition of a construction contractor went south after bribery and corruption allegations.

  • May 02, 2024

    IBM Director Grilled Over Reverse Engineering Allegations

    An IBM director faced questions on Thursday about his role in accusing a tech rival of breaching its customer agreement by claiming it reverse-engineered IBM software, with lawyers for the rival arguing he improperly terminated the customer contract.

  • May 02, 2024

    InterDigital Claims Munich Court Win In Lenovo SEP Spat

    InterDigital said Thursday it has secured an injunction against Lenovo in Germany, with a Munich court ruling that Lenovo infringed an InterDigital patent deemed essential to 4G and 5G technology and was unwilling to agree to a fair license.

  • May 02, 2024

    Diabetic Worker Loses Timed Toilet Breaks Harassment Case

    A diabetic former Mitsubishi air conditioning unit factory worker has lost his claim that a colleague harassed him by timing his trips to the toilet, with a tribunal ruling that he had waited too long to lodge his case.

  • May 09, 2024

    Dentons Hires Disputes Partner With Green Expertise

    Dentons has hired an environmental litigation guru, who spent over a decade at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, to take up a partner position in its disputes team.

  • May 02, 2024

    Truck Aerodynamics Co. Sues Over Amazon Deal Loss

    A truck aerodynamics company has accused a rival of modifying products that were being tested by Amazon, leading them to perform poorly and causing the company to lose out on a million-pound contract.

  • May 02, 2024

    Bayer Sues Dr. Reddy's In Latest Xarelto Patent Clash

    Bayer has accused generic drugmaker Dr. Reddy's of selling blood thinning medication that infringes a dosage patent over its blockbuster drug Xarelto, marking the latest attempt by the pharmaceutical giant to stop challenges to its market share.

  • May 02, 2024

    Engineering Co. Fights For $10M Insurance Payout On Appeal

    A French engineering company relaunched its fight on Thursday for a $10.4 million insurance payout to cover damage caused when a ship crashed into an oil platform, arguing on appeal that a lower court misinterpreted the wording of its policy.

  • May 02, 2024

    Chef Sexually Harassed By Manager's Lewd Song Wins £79K

    A former hotel head chef has won almost £80,000 ($100,000) after a tribunal found that his manager sexually harassed him by singing a lewd song about unwanted sexual advances.

  • May 02, 2024

    Stalker Ex-BBC Presenter Must Pay Libel Damages To Cop

    A former BBC radio presenter imprisoned for stalking broadcaster Jeremy Vine must pay "substantial" compensation to the police officer who investigated him after she settled her libel claim on Thursday over false allegations that he posted about her online.

  • May 02, 2024

    Uber Hit With £250M Claim From London's Black Cab Drivers

    Uber was hit on Thursday with a multimillion-pound claim brought by more than 10,500 drivers of London's black cabs, who say the ride-hailing app operates unlawfully in the capital.

  • May 01, 2024

    Autonomy CEO's Atty Says Judge 'One-Sided' Against Client

    A Steptoe LLP partner representing former Autonomy CEO Michael Lynch in his criminal fraud jury trial accused the judge overseeing the case of making comments to the jury that are "one-sided" in a way that prejudices the defense.

  • May 01, 2024

    Teacher Argues Ban Over Pronoun Use Violates Human Rights

    A teacher banned from the profession for misgendering a transgender pupil argued Wednesday that the prohibition unjustifiably interfered with his rights as a Christian.

  • May 01, 2024

    Court Staffer Wins Case Over Colleague's Grievance Lie

    An administrative officer at a Manchester magistrates court has won her claim alleging that her manager victimized her by lying about her accusing him of being "all over" a new recruit.

  • May 01, 2024

    FCA Opposes Paying Ex-Julius Baer Manager's Legal Costs

    The U.K.'s Financial Conduct Authority urged a London appellate court Wednesday to overturn a tribunal's decision to make it pay part of a former Julius Baer employee's legal costs, saying the tribunal unfairly ruled that the FCA had unreasonably not called witnesses who were overseas.

  • May 01, 2024

    Abbott Wants Sales Of Rival Glucose Monitor Barred For Now

    A subsidiary of Abbott Laboratories urged a London court Wednesday to bar medical devices rival Sinocare Inc. from mass marketing a glucose monitoring system that it argues is highly similar to a trademark for one of its own products.

  • May 01, 2024

    Bayer Gets Chance To Appeal Xarelto Patent Loss

    Bayer AG can appeal a High Court decision that nixed a patent for its blockbuster drug Xarelto in the U.K., the U.K. judiciary confirmed on Wednesday.

  • May 08, 2024

    Mantle Law Hires Construction Pro From Pinsent Masons

    Mantle Law (UK) LLP has hired a partner from Pinsent Masons LLP to its specialist construction, infrastructure and energy disputes practice in London, with the recruit kicking off his new role on Wednesday, amid a belief that boutique law firms are "coming of age."

  • May 01, 2024

    Medivet Exec Wins Claim Over Feeling 'Forced Out' By CEO

    The former head of clinical operations at Medivet won her claim on Tuesday accusing the private equity-owned veterinary chain of breaching her contract when the new CEO drastically changed her role while restructuring the business's management.

  • May 01, 2024

    Game Developer Denies Copying Rival's 'Generic' Racing App

    A British game developer has hit back at its French rival in a copyright feud over the pair's mobile games, telling a London court that any similarities between the apps are nondistinctive features that don't merit protection.

  • May 01, 2024

    Head Of Judiciary Sets Up Board For Open Justice Reform

    The head of the judiciary in England and Wales announced she has established a judge-led board to modernize open justice in courts and tribunals by exploring the "careful" expansion of broadcasting hearings and making it easier for the press to attend them online.

  • May 01, 2024

    Gov't To Pay £19K For Worker Status Error

    An employment tribunal has ruled that the government owes a company director £19,522 ($24,371) after the Insolvency Service rejected his redundancy payment claims and mistakenly concluded that he wasn't an employee.

  • May 01, 2024

    Ex-Cartwright King Lawyer Denies Post Office Stalling Tactic

    A former Cartwright King lawyer who prosecuted people for the Post Office based on faulty IT data denied there was a "tactic" to delay the disclosure of vital evidence to the defense, as he gave evidence to the inquiry into the Horizon scandal on Wednesday.

  • May 01, 2024

    Boris Becker Gets UK Bankruptcy Order Lifted

    Boris Becker is no longer bankrupt after a London court released the multiple Grand Slam tennis champion on Wednesday from any further liability arising from his bankruptcy debt in the U.K.

Expert Analysis

  • UK Ruling Revitalizes Discussions On Harmonizing AI And IP

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    The U.K. Supreme Court's decision in Thaler v. Comptroller-General last month has reinvigorated ongoing discussions about how the developments in artificial intelligence fit within the existing intellectual property legislative landscape, illustrating that effective regulation will be critical as the value and influence of this sector grows, say Nick White and Olivia Gray at Charles Russell.

  • Employers Can 'Waive' Goodbye To Unknown Future Claims

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    The Scottish Court of Session's recent decision in Bathgate v. Technip Singapore, holding that unknown future claims in a qualifying settlement agreement can be waived, offers employers the possibility of achieving a clean break when terminating employees and provides practitioners with much-needed guidance on how future cases might be dealt with in court, says Natasha Nichols at Farrer & Co.

  • AI Inventorship Patent Options After UK Supreme Court Ruling

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    The U.K. Supreme Court's recent ruling in Thaler v. Comptroller-General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks that an AI system cannot be an inventor raises questions about alternative approaches to patent protection for AI-generated inventions and how the decision might affect infringement and validity disputes around such patents, says David Knight at Brown Rudnick.

  • Ruling Elucidates Tensions In Assessing Employee Disability

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    An employment tribunal's recent decision, maintaining that dermatitis was not a disability, but stress was, illustrates tensions in the interaction between statutory guidance on reasonable behavior modifications and Equality Act measures, says Suzanne Nulty at Weightmans.

  • What Extending Corporate Liability Will Mean For Foreign Cos.

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    Certain sections of the Economic Crime Act enacted in December 2023 make it easier to prosecute companies for economic crimes committed abroad, and organizations need to consider their exposure and the new ways they can be held liable for the actions of their personnel, say Dan Hudson at Seladore Legal and Christopher Coltart at 2 Hare Court.

  • Cos. Should Weave Metaverse Considerations Into IP Strategy

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    In light of the increasing importance of intellectual property protection in digital contexts, including a growing number of court rulings and recent updates to the classification of digital assets, companies should include the metaverse as part of their trademark strategy to prevent potential infringements, says Gabriele Engels at D Young & Co.

  • ECJ Ruling Triggers Reconsiderations Of Using AI In Hiring

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    A recent European Court of Justice ruling, clarifying that the General Data Protection Regulation could apply to decisions made by artificial intelligence, serves as a warning to employers, as the use of AI in recruitment may lead to more discrimination claims, say Dino Wilkinson and James Major at Clyde & Co.

  • Economic Crime Act Offers Welcome Reform To AML Regime

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    The Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act exemption for mixed-property transactions that came into force on Jan. 15 as part of the U.K.'s anti-money laundering regime is long overdue, and should end economic harm to businesses, giving banks confidence to adopt a more pragmatic approach, say Matthew Getz and Joseph Fox-Davies at Pallas Partners.

  • What Venice Swaps Ruling Says About Foreign Law Disputes

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    The English appeals court's decision in Banca Intesa v. Venice that the English law swaps are valid and enforceable will be welcomed by banks, and it provides valuable commentary on the English courts' approach toward the interpretation of foreign law, say Harriet Campbell and Richard Marshall at Penningtons Manches.

  • Key Litigation Funding Rulings Will Drive Reform In 2024

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    Ground-breaking judgments on disputes funding and fee arrangements from 2023 — including that litigation funding agreements could be damages-based agreements, rendering them unenforceable — will bring legislative changes in 2024, which could have a substantial impact on litigation risk for several sectors, say Verity Jackson-Grant and David Bridge at Simmons & Simmons.

  • How Data Privacy Law Cases Are Evolving In UK, EU And US

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    To see where the law is heading in 2024, it is worth looking at privacy litigation and enforcement trends from last year, where we saw a focus on General Data Protection Regulation regulatory enforcement actions in the U.K. and EU, and class actions brought by private plaintiffs in the U.S., say lawyers at Morgan Lewis.

  • Misleading Airline Ads Offer Lessons To Avoid Greenwashing

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    Following the Advertising Standards Authority's recent decision that three airlines' adverts misled customers about their environmental impact, companies should ensure that their green claims comply with legal standards to avoid risking reputational damage, which could have financial repercussions, say Elaina Bailes and Olivia Shaw at Stewarts.

  • Supreme Court Ruling Is A Gift To Insolvency Practitioners

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    As corporate criminal liability is in sharp focus, the Supreme Court's recent decision in Palmer v. Northern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court that administrators are not company officers and should not be held liable under U.K. labor law is instructive in focusing on the substance and not merely the title of a person's role within a company, say lawyers at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Major EU AI Banking Ruling Will Reverberate Across Sectors

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    Following the European Court of Justice's recent OQ v. Land Hessen decision that banks' use of AI-driven credit scores to make consumer decisions did not comply with the General Data Protection Regulation, regulators indicated that the ruling would apply broadly, leaving numerous industries that employ AI-powered decisions open to scrutiny, say lawyers at Alston & Bird.

  • English Could Be The Future Language Of The UPC

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    While most Unified Patent Court proceedings are currently held in German, the recent decisions in Plant-e v. Arkyne and Amgen v. Sanofi potentially signal that English will be the preferred language, particularly in cases involving small and medium enterprises, say lawyers at Freshfields.

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