Commercial Litigation UK

  • May 13, 2024

    Kanye West's Label Settles Royalty Fight Over 'Power' Sample

    Kanye West's record label settled a royalty spat with King Crimson on Monday after the progressive rock band sued in London, claiming that it had been underpaid for a sample used by the U.S. rapper in his 2010 hit "Power."

  • May 10, 2024

    Stagecoach's £25M Ticket Class Action Settlement Approved

    The U.K.'s Competition Appeal Tribunal has agreed to passenger rail operator Stagecoach's £25 million ($31 million) settlement with passengers who say they were overcharged for train tickets.

  • May 10, 2024

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

    The past week in London has seen Playtech file an intellectual property claim against online casino company OnAir Entertainment amid allegations of corporate spying, a broadcast equipment company sue its former owner amid allegations he conspired to inflate a customer’s finances, and aerospace company Vertical Aerospace hit a manufacturer with a claim following a test flight crash. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • May 10, 2024

    UK Opens Probe Into Thermo Fisher's $3.1B Olink Buy

    Britain's competition watchdog said it is opening an inquiry into Thermo Fisher's $3.1 billion bid to buy Swedish biotech firm Olink Holding AB over competition concerns, according to an official notice issued Friday.

  • May 10, 2024

    Ryanair Sues Airspace Controller €5.3M For Grounding Flights

    Ryanair has claimed U.K. airspace controller NATS owes it €5.3 million ($5.7 million) for allegedly disrupting around 1,300 of its flights after a single computer error grounded traffic during a national holiday.

  • May 10, 2024

    Commerzbank Analyst To Pay £20K After False Allegations

    A financial analyst has lost all his claims of harassment, sexual harassment, victimization and race discrimination at the hands of Commzerbank, as the Employment Tribunal found that some allegations were "pure inventions" and ordered him to hand over £20,000 ($25,000).

  • May 10, 2024

    UK Class Actions Face Tougher Test On Distributing Damages

    A decision by the antitrust tribunal to certify a £790 million ($990 million) mass claim against major European power cable suppliers came with the caveat that it intends to take a tougher approach toward claimant lawyers' plans for getting awards into the pockets of consumers.

  • May 10, 2024

    Ofsted Unfairly Fired Disabled Staff Over Call Center Dispute

    Schools inspection body Ofsted unfairly dismissed two long-serving employees after forcing them to take on new duties at a call center that they couldn't perform because of medical problems, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • May 10, 2024

    Financial Co. Sues Tende Energy For $5M Over Loan Deal Fee

    Cayman Islands financial services company Omega Financial Corporation has sued energy developer Tende Energy for $5 million (£4 million), alleging it is owed the debt from its deal to transfer to Tende its rights to a loan with an oil and gas exploration company.

  • May 17, 2024

    White & Case Pro Exits To Launch Boutique's London Office

    Veteran White & Case LLP partner David Goldberg is set to add his name to the arbitration boutique of Andrea Pinna, as he launches the London operations of Pinna Goldberg.

  • May 10, 2024

    Osborne Clarke Lawyer To Face Tribunal Over Zahawi SLAPP

    An Osborne Clarke LLP partner who represented Nadhim Zahawi could face a disciplinary tribunal over allegations that he used intimidatory warnings in an attempt to silence a critic who was probing the former Conservative chancellor's tax affairs.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • Following The Road Map Toward Quantum Security

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    With the Financial Conduct Authority’s recent publication of a white paper on a quantum-secure financial sector, firms should begin to consider the quantum transition early — before the process is driven by regulatory obligations — with the goal of developing a cybersecurity architecture that is agile while also allowing for quantum security, say lawyers at Cleary.

  • Why EU Ruling On Beneficial Ownership May Affect The UK

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    Following the EU judgment in Sovim v. Luxembourg that public access to beneficial ownership information conflicts with data protection rights, several British overseas territories and dependencies have recently reversed their commitment to introduce unrestricted access, and challenges to the U.K.’s liberal stance may be on the cards, says Rupert Cullen at Allectus Law.

  • Opinion

    Labour Should Reconsider Its Discrimination Law Plans

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    While the Labour Party's recent proposals allowing equal pay claims based on ethnicity and disability, and introducing dual discrimination, have laudable intentions and bring some advantages, they are not the right path forward as the changes complicate the discrimination claim process for employees, say Colin Leckey and Tarun Tawakley at Lewis Silkin.

  • AI Is Outpacing IP Law Frameworks

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    In Thaler v. Comptroller-General, the U.K. Supreme Court recently ruled that artificial intelligence can't be an inventor, but the discussion on the relationship between AI and intellectual property law is far from over, and it's clear that technology is developing faster than the legal framework, says Stephen Carter at The Intellectual Property Works.

  • Tracing The History Of LGBTQ+ Rights In The Workplace

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    Pride History month is a timely reminder of how recent developments have shaped LGBTQ+ employees' rights in the workplace today, and what employers can do to ensure that employees are protected from discrimination, including creating safe workplace cultures and promoting allyship, say Caitlin Farrar and Jessica Bennett at Farrer.

  • Ruling In FCA Case Offers Tips On Flexible Work Requests

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    In Wilson v. Financial Conduct Authority, the Employment Tribunal recently found that the regulator's rejection of a remote work request was justified, highlighting for employers factors that affect flexible work request outcomes, while emphasizing that individual inquiries should be considered on the specific facts, say Frances Rollin, Ella Tunnell and Kerry Garcia at Stevens & Bolton.

  • Pension Scheme Ruling Elucidates Conversion Issues

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    In Newell Trustees v. Newell Rubbermaid UK Services, the High Court recently upheld a pension plan's conversion of final salary benefits to money purchase benefits, a welcome conclusion that considered several notable issues, such as how to construe pension deeds and when contracts made outside scheme rules can determine benefits, say Ian Gordon and Jamie Barnett at Gowling.

  • New Fraud Prevention Offense May Not Make Much Difference

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    By targeting only large organizations, the Economic Crime Act's new failure to prevent fraud offense is striking in that, despite its breadth, it will affect so few companies, and is therefore unlikely to help ordinary victims, says Andrew Smith at Corker Binning.

  • Aldi Design Infringement Case Highlights Assessment Issues

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    The forthcoming English Court of Appeal decision in Marks and Spencer v. Aldi, regarding the alleged infringement of design rights, could provide practitioners with new guidance, particularly in relation to the relevant date for assessment of infringement and the weight that should be attributed to certain design elements in making this assessment, say Rory Graham and Georgia Davis at RPC.

  • Generative AI Raises IP, Data Protection And Contracts Issues

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    As the EU's recent agreement on the Artificial Intelligence Act has fueled businesses' interest in adopting generative AI tools, it is crucial to understand how these tools utilize material to generate output and what questions to ask in relation to intellectual property, data privacy and contracts, say lawyers at Deloitte Legal.

  • Decoding UK Case Law On Anti-Suit Injunctions

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    The English High Court's forthcoming decision on an anti-suit injunction filed in Augusta Energy v. Top Oil last month will provide useful guidance on application grounds for practitioners, but, pending that ruling, other recent decisions offer key considerations when making or resisting claims when there is an exclusive jurisdiction clause in the contract, says Abigail Healey at Quillon Law.

  • Litigation Funding Implications Amid Post-PACCAR Disputes

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    An English tribunal's recent decision in Neill v. Sony, allowing an appeal on the enforceability of a litigation funding agreement, highlights how the legislative developments on funding limits following the U.K. Supreme Court's 2023 decision in Paccar v. Competition Appeal Tribunal may affect practitioners, say Andrew Leitch and Anoma Rekhi at BCLP.

  • EU Product Liability Reforms Represent A Major Shakeup

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    The recent EU Parliament and Council provisional agreement on a new product liability regime in Europe revises the existing strict liability rules for the first time in 40 years by easing the burden of proof to demonstrate that a product is defective, a hurdle that many had previously failed to overcome, say Anushi Amin and Edward Turtle at Cooley.

  • Zimbabwe Ruling Bolsters UK's Draw As Arbitration Enforcer

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    An English court's recent decision in Border Timbers v. Zimbabwe, finding that state immunity was irrelevant to registering an arbitration award, emphasizes the U.K.'s reputation as a creditor-friendly destination for award enforcement, say Jon Felce and Tulsi Bhatia at Cooke Young.

  • Building Safety Ruling Offers Clarity On Remediation Orders

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    The First-tier Tribunal's recent decision in Triathlon Homes v. Stratford Village Development, holding that it was just and equitable to award a remediation contribution order, will undoubtedly encourage parties to consider this recovery route for building defects more seriously, say lawyers at Simmons and Simmons.

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