Commercial Litigation UK

  • May 07, 2024

    Bus Driver Gets £13K For Unfair Dismissal During Pandemic

    A London bus driver who did not turn up to work for almost six months following the outbreak of COVID-19 has been awarded £13,400 ($16,810) after he was unfairly dismissed by his employer.

  • May 03, 2024

    Gov't Emission-Cutting Plan Falls Short In Court Again

    Environmental campaigners on Friday successfully challenged the U.K. government's revised strategy for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, after a London court ruled that a minister approved the plan with a "mistaken understanding" that it would achieve its environmental targets.

  • May 03, 2024

    Headmaster, Teacher To Face Coworker's Discrimination Claim

    An appeals tribunal has ruled that the headmaster and former colleague of a primary school teacher are both individually on the hook for her disability discrimination claims because an earlier tribunal wrongly found the discrimination needed to be deliberate.

  • May 03, 2024

    Ex-Post Office Lawyer Denies Concealing IT Bug From Court

    A Post Office lawyer was told of a bug in the accounting system used to prosecute an innocent sub-postmistress days before her trial but did not disclose this to the court, according to documents submitted Friday to the inquiry into the Horizon IT scandal.

  • May 03, 2024

    Political Aide Asks Tribunal For Damages Over Unfair Sacking

    A former Labour Party staff member argued for more than £200,000 ($250,000) in damages on Friday after she won her tribunal claim alleging that the MP she worked for had fired her after she blew the whistle on misconduct that included antisemitism.

  • May 03, 2024

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

    The past week in London has seen rapper Ivorian Doll hit with a copyright claim, private members club Aspinalls file a claim against a Saudi sheikh, and Motorola Solutions file a claim against the British government on the heels of its dispute over losing a £400 million ($502 million) government contract. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • May 03, 2024

    Arts Charity Sues Over Queen's Holographic Portrait

    An arts charity has sued an artist for infringing the copyright it owns in a series of portraits it commissioned of the queen, claiming that he owes the organization £100,000 ($125,500) and substantial fees from unlicensed sales.

  • May 03, 2024

    Frasers Group Drops €50M Case Against Morgan Stanley

    Retail giant Frasers Group PLC has withdrawn its €50 million ($54 million) legal claim in London against Morgan Stanley over a margin call of almost $1 billion on Hugo Boss stock options, the bank said Friday.

  • May 03, 2024

    Cable Makers Must Face Class Action From UK Energy Customers

    Britain's antitrust court gave the go-ahead Friday for the former director of the U.K. gas regulator to lead a class action for millions of electricity customers in Britain against manufacturers of high-voltage power cables that are accused of fixing prices.

  • May 02, 2024

    Whistleblower Claims Would 'Destroy' Autonomy, GC Was Told

    Autonomy's former U.S. general counsel testified Thursday in the criminal fraud trial of former CEO Michael Lynch that the company's chief operating officer didn't want a whistleblower's claims to get into court, telling him that while the "law" was on their side, "the facts look bad" and would "destroy Autonomy."

  • May 02, 2024

    Mastercard Appeals Jurisdiction Ruling In £10B Class Action

    Mastercard argued to a London appellate court Thursday that a £10 billion ($12.5 billion) class action over its swipe fees should be governed by the law of the jurisdiction covering the bank that processed the payment, rather than the jurisdiction of the customers who suffered the loss.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • PPI Ruling Spells Trouble For Financial Services Firms

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    The Supreme Court's recent decision in Canada Square v. Potter, which found that the claimant's missold payment protection insurance claim was not time-barred, is bad news for affected financial services firms, as there is now certainty over the law on the postponement of limitation periods, rendering hidden commission claims viable, say Ian Skinner and Chris Webber at Squire Patton.

  • UPC Decision Highlights Key Security Costs Questions

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    While the Unified Patent Court recently ordered NanoString to pay €300,000 as security for Harvard's legal costs in a revocation action dispute, the decision highlights that the outcome of a security for costs application will be highly fact-dependent and that respondents should prepare to set out their financial position in detail, says Tom Brazier at EIP.

  • Extradition Ruling Hints At Ways Around High Burden Of Proof

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    The U.K. Supreme Court's recent ruling in Popoviciu v. Curtea De Apel Bucharest confirmed that, in a conviction extradition case, the requested person must establish a flagrant violation of their right to a fair trial, but the court's reasoning reveals creative opportunities to test this boundary in the U.K. and Strasbourg alike, says Rebecca Hughes at Corker Binning.

  • IP Ruling Could Pave Way For AI Patents In UK

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    If implemented by the U.K. Intellectual Property Office, the High Court's recent ruling in Emotional Perception AI v. Comptroller-General of Patents, holding that artificial neural networks can be patented, could be a first step to welcoming AI patents in the U.K., say Arnie Francis and Alexandra Brodie at Gowling.

  • UK Review May Lead To Lower Investment Screening Burden

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    The government’s current review of national security investment screening rules aims to refine the scope of mandatory notifications required for unproblematic deals, and is likely to result in much-needed modifications to minimize the administrative burden on businesses and investors, say lawyers at Simpson Thacher.

  • What Prince Harry Privacy Case May Mean For Media Ethics

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    An English High Court recently allowed the privacy case brought by Prince Harry and six other claimants against the Daily Mail publisher to proceed, which, if successful, could embolden other high-profile individuals to bring claims and lead to renewed calls for a judicial public inquiry into British press ethics, says Philippa Dempster at Freeths.

  • How European Authorities Are Foiling Anti-Competitive Hiring

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    Lawyers at Squire Patton discuss key labor practice antitrust concerns and notable regulation trends in several European countries following recent enforcement actions brought by the European Commission and U.K. Competition and Markets Authority.

  • When Can Bonuses Be Clawed Back?

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    The High Court's recent decision in Steel v. Spencer should remind employees that the contractual conditions surrounding bonuses and the timing of any resignation must be carefully considered, as in certain circumstances, bonuses can and are being successfully clawed back by employers, say Merrill April and Rachael Parker at CM Murray.

  • The State Of UK Litigation Funding After Therium Ruling

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    The recent English High Court decision in Therium v. Bugsby Property has provided a glimmer of hope for litigation funders about how courts will interpret this summer's U.K. Supreme Court ruling that called funding agreements impermissible, suggesting that its adverse effects may be mitigated, says Daniel Williams at DWF Law.

  • Trial By AI Could Be Closer Than You Think

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    In a known first for the U.K., a Court of Appeal justice recently admitted to using ChatGPT to write part of a judgment, highlighting how AI could make the legal system more efficient and enable the judicial process to record more accurate and fair decisions, say Charles Kuhn and Neide Lemos at Clyde & Co.

  • Why It's Urgent For Pharma Cos. To Halt Counterfeit Meds

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    With over 10.5 million counterfeit medicines seized in the EU in 2023, it is vital both ethically and commercially that pharmaceutical companies take steps to protect against such infringements, including by invoking intellectual property rights protection, says Lars Karnøe at Potter Clarkson.

  • Nix Of $11B Award Shows Limits Of Arbitral Process

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    A recent English High Court decision in Nigeria v. Process & Industrial Developments, overturning an arbitration award because it was obtained by fraud, is a reminder that arbitration decisions are ultimately still accountable to the courts, and that the relative simplicity of the arbitration rules is not necessarily always a benefit, say Robin Henry and Abbie Coleman at Collyer Bristow.

  • How The Netherlands Became A Hub For EU Class Actions

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    As countries continue to implement the European Union Collective Redress Directive, the Netherlands — the country with the largest class action docket in the EU — provides a real-world example of what class and mass litigation may eventually look like in the bloc, say lawyers at Faegre Drinker and Houthoff.

  • Navigating The Novel Challenges Facing The Legal Profession

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    The increasing prominence of ESG and AI have transformed the legal landscape and represent new opportunities for lawyers, but with evolving regulations and the ever-expanding reach of the Solicitors Regulation Authority, law firms should ensure that they have appropriate policies in place to adapt to these challenges, say Scott Ashby and Aimee Talbot at RPC.

  • New Fixed Costs Rules May Have Unforeseen Consequences

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    The recent changes to fixed recoverable costs, which were intended to reduce costs and increase certainty, have profound implications for civil claims, but may unintentionally prompt more litigation and reduce access to justice as lawyers leave the market, says Paul Squires at Sedgwick Legal.

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