Commercial Litigation UK

  • April 30, 2024

    Ex-Autonomy VP Says CEO Lynch Told Him To Lie To Investors

    A former Autonomy business development executive testified Tuesday that CEO Mike Lynch directed him to lie to a hedge fund investor about prepaid royalty deals that boosted the company's upfront revenue numbers, saying at Lynch's criminal fraud trial that it was hard to say no to the "big boss."

  • April 30, 2024

    Cartwright King Warned Post Office Of Giving Defense Ammo

    A Cartwright King lawyer warned that the Post Office announcing an independent review into the IT system used to wrongfully prosecute innocent people would "give ammunition" to the defense, according to documents disclosed to the inquiry into the scandal Tuesday.

  • April 30, 2024

    HSF's Paula Hodges On Arbitration's Future — And Her Own

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP announced earlier this month that Paula Hodges KC will retire from the firm as of Wednesday, with Simon Chapman KC and Andrew Cannon taking her place as co-heads of the global arbitration practice. Law360 recently sat down with Hodges, who spent her entire 37-year career at Herbert Smith Freehills, to talk about what's next, how commercial arbitration has evolved over her career, and her experience as one of the first women in international arbitration.

  • April 30, 2024

    Oil Co. Claims Nigeria In For Windfall From $11B Win Legal Bill

    An oil and gas company urged a London appellate court on Tuesday to change the currency for Nigeria's legal costs from a battle over an $11 billion arbitration award due to bribery and fraud, arguing the West African state would profit from exchange rate fluctuations.

  • April 30, 2024

    Care Home To Pay £63K After Forcing Whistleblower Out

    An employment tribunal has ordered a children's care company to pay £63,400 ($80,000) to a deputy head, after it punished him for raising concerns about the separation of three siblings and subsequently forced him to resign.

  • April 30, 2024

    Office Administrator Who Was Forced To Resign Wins £6K

    An office administrator for a rural women's association in north England has won over £6,000 ($7,520) in a case accusing the association of unlawfully pushing her out when her relationship with the committee chair broke down.

  • April 30, 2024

    Payment Co. Hits Back Over Failed Domain Name Deal

    Several payments companies and their bosses have hit back at claims by a Nuvei Group subsidiary, denying that they broke a promise to use the company's payments technology as part of a deal to use a website domain.

  • April 30, 2024

    Rival Denies Using IBM Software Secrets At London Trial

    Tech company LZLABS denied allegations that it reverse-engineered proprietary technology owned by IBM, telling a London judge Tuesday that its software was not developed using any inner workings or hidden secrets of IBM programs.

  • April 30, 2024

    Tesco Sues Truckmaker Over Emissions Price Fixing Cartel

    Supermarket giant Tesco is seeking damages from Scania after the Swedish truck manufacturer was fined by the European Commission over its role in a price-fixing cartel, according to a claim filed with the U.K.'s antitrust court Tuesday.

  • April 30, 2024

    NHS Wrongly Blocked Whistleblowing Staffer From Working

    A National Health Service trust wrongly stopped an employee from returning to work following a sickness absence after he blew the whistle on patient health risks amid concerns over which medicines his colleagues were prescribing, a tribunal has ruled.

  • April 30, 2024

    Ex-DWF Barrister Disbarred Over False Discrimination Claims

    A tribunal disbarred a formed DWF barrister on Tuesday after concluding that he had dishonestly targeted his boss with false allegations of homophobia and racism, possibly to deflect attention from complaints of misconduct made against him.

  • April 30, 2024

    Eatery Can't Extend 'Physical Damage' Policy To COVID Claim

    An appellate court threw out on Tuesday a restaurant owner's attempt to broaden the scope of a business interruption policy lacking any "nondamage" extensions to include losses sustained during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • April 30, 2024

    Vanquis Bank Seeks £4.5M For Law Firm's Complaints Deluge

    Vanquis Bank Ltd. is seeking an estimated £4.5 million ($5.6 million) from a law firm it says has sent it thousands of meritless complaints, accusing it of irresponsible lending in a "reckless and indiscriminate" approach to earn commission if a claim happens to succeed.

  • April 30, 2024

    FIFA Player Transfer Rules Could Break EU Antitrust Laws

    FIFA's transfer rules that entitle football clubs to compensation from players and their new clubs when they cut their contract short to switch teams could be unlawful under European Union antitrust laws, an adviser to the bloc's top court said on Tuesday.

  • April 29, 2024

    'I Don't Want To Try That Case,' Judge Tells Mike Lynch's Atty

    The California federal judge overseeing Autonomy founder Michael Lynch's fraud trial over claims he duped HP into paying an inflated $11.7 billion for his company pushed back Monday against an attempt by Lynch's lawyer to introduce evidence of events that took place after the acquisition, saying, "I don't want to try that case."

  • April 29, 2024

    Regulator To Pay £58K For Harassing Gender Critical Worker

    An employment tribunal ordered Westminster City Council and Social Work England to pay £58,344 ($73,284) to a suspended social worker they accused of posting antitransgender content online.

  • April 29, 2024

    Meta Can't Appeal Approval Of £2.3B Data Class Action

    Meta was blocked on Monday from challenging a decision by the Competition Appeal Tribunal to allow a £2.3 billion ($2.8 billion) class action accusing the Facebook owner of exploiting its users' data, after the court found the appeal had "no real prospect of success."

  • April 29, 2024

    Butlins Sues Insurers For £60M After Flood Damage

    A major holiday resort is suing a number of its insurers, including Aviva and QBE, for failing to pay out on losses sustained when a vacation park was flooded, causing the closure of many of its lodges.

  • April 29, 2024

    DWF Barrister Made False Discrimination Claims, BSB Says

    A former DWF LLP barrister is facing disciplinary action over allegations that he dishonestly and deliberately targeted his boss with false accusations of homophobia and racism.

  • April 29, 2024

    IBM Targets Rival For Reverse Engineering Code At Trial

    Computer giant IBM accused European rival LzLabs at the beginning of a nine-week trial Monday of violating its consumer agreement, saying the competitor's "reverse engineering" of some of its software is a breach of contract.

  • April 30, 2024

    CORRECTED: Marketing Boss Said LC&F Was A Legitimate Biz, Not A 'Rinse'

    The head of a marketing company who referred to London Capital & Finance as a "not a rinse" insisted he was not aware of an alleged Ponzi scheme as he gave evidence on Monday at the trial over the £237 million ($296 million) investment scandal. Correction: An earlier version of the story misstated the content of Careless' 2015 email exchange. The error has been corrected.

  • April 29, 2024

    Ex-Man City Player Benjamin Mendy Pays £710K Tax Debt

    Former Manchester City footballer Benjamin Mendy avoided bankruptcy on Monday after paying a £710,000 ($892,000) tax bill minutes before a court hearing to determine whether an order should be made.

  • April 29, 2024

    Nurse's Slave Trade Comment Claim Too Late, Tribunal Rules

    An employment tribunal has ruled that a clinical manager at a London hospice left it too late to bring a race harassment claim alleging a hospice doctor asked her why slaves were taken to America instead of England.

  • April 29, 2024

    BHP Offers $26B To Settle Brazil Dam Disaster Claims

    BHP's Brazilian subsidiary and its partners in a failed mine operation offered $25.7 billion in reparations on Monday for a 2015 environmental disaster in Brazil that killed 19 people, triggering one of the largest group claims in English legal history. 

  • April 29, 2024

    BT Unit Must Rehire, Pay £84K To Unfairly Axed Engineer

    A subsidiary of BT must have reinstated a fired engineer and paid him £83,800 ($105,000) by Monday after bosses unfairly cut him loose for allegedly bullying a colleague without hearing both sides of the story, a tribunal has ruled.

Expert Analysis

  • A Look At Enforcing And Contesting Arbitral Awards In Qatar

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    As Qatar aspires to become a regional investment hub as part of its Qatar Vision 2030, it has committed to modernizing its arbitration practices in accordance with international standards, including updating the process of enforcing and contesting arbitration awards, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

  • Deal Over Jets Stranded In Russia May Serve As Blueprint

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    In the face of a pending "mega-trial" over leased airplanes held in Russia after its invasion of Ukraine, a settlement between leading aviation lessor AerCap Holdings NV and NSK, the Russian state-controlled insurance company, could pave the way for similar deals, say Samantha Zaozirny and Timeyin Pinnick at Browne Jacobson.

  • Oil And Gas Case Highlights Judicial Review Climate Trends

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    Although the High Court recently dismissed a judicial review challenge concerning the U.K. oil and gas industry licensing regime, the case highlights how environmental campaign groups are increasingly taking formal steps through court proceedings to challenge the fossil fuel industry and influence government policy, say lawyers at CMS.

  • Collapse-Risk Buildings Present Liability Challenges

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    Recently, buildings, such as Harrow Crown Court, have been closed due to risk of collapse from use of reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete in their construction, but identifying who will pay for the associated damages may be challenging due to expired limitation periods, say Theresa Mohammed, Jonathan Clarke and Villem Diederichs at Watson Farley.

  • Age Bias Cases Illustrate Key Employer Issues On Retirement

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    Recent Employment Tribunal cases demonstrate that age discrimination claims are increasingly on employees' radars, particularly regarding retirement, so employers should be proactive and review their current practices for managing older employees, say Jane Mann and Lucy Sellen at Fox Williams.

  • Why Indonesia Feels Frustrated By Airbus Dispute Outcome

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    Although the U.K. Serious Fraud Office’s Airbus bribery investigation achieved a record payout for regulators, Indonesia’s threat to sue for lack of credit for its contribution serves as a reminder of the need to take care when settlements are distributed among investigating partners, says Niall Hearty at Rahman Ravelli.

  • UAE Bank Case Offers Lessons On Enforcing Foreign Rulings

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    The High Court recently clarified in Invest Bank v. El-Husseini that foreign judgment debts may be enforceable in England, despite being unenforceable in their jurisdiction of origin, which should remind practitioners that foreign judgments will be recognized in England if they are final and conclusive in their court of origin, say lawyers at Macfarlanes.

  • 9 Hallmarks Of The New German Class Action Regime

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    By recently adopting a new class action regime, Germany is taking an incremental step toward more collective redress, which may fundamentally change its litigation landscape amid increased European regulatory activity, a growing focus on private enforcement of regulations, and a consumer-friendly German judiciary, say lawyers at Gibson Dunn.

  • Protecting The Arbitral Process In Russia-Related Disputes

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    Four recent High Court and Court of Appeal rulings concerning anti-suit injunction claims illustrate that companies exposed to litigation risk in Russia may need to carefully consider how to best protect their interests and the arbitral process with regard to a Russian counterparty, say lawyers at Linklaters.

  • Examining US And Europe Patent Disclosure For AI Inventions

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    As applicants before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the European Patent Office increasingly seek patent protection for inventions relating to artificial intelligence, the applications may require more implementation details than traditional computer-implemented inventions, including disclosure of data and methods used to train the AI systems, say attorneys at Finnegan.

  • Incontinence Drug Ruling Offers Key Patent Drafting Lessons

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    In a long-awaited decision in Astellas v. Teva and Sandoz, an English court found that the patent for a drug used to treat overactive bladder syndrome had not been infringed, highlighting the interaction between patent drafting and litigation strategy, and why claim infringement is as important a consideration as validity, says George McCubbin at Herbert Smith.

  • RSA Insurance Ruling Clarifies Definition Of 'Insured Loss'

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    A London appeals court's recent ruling in Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance v. Tughans, that the insurer must provide coverage for a liability that included the law firm's fees, shows that a claim for the recovery of fees paid to a firm can constitute an insured loss, say James Roberts and Sophia Hanif at Clyde & Co.

  • Putin Ruling May Have Unintended Sanctions Consequences

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    By widening the scope of control, the Court of Appeal's recent judgment in Mints v. PJSC opens the possibility that everything in Russia could be deemed to be controlled by President Vladimir Putin, which would significantly expand the U.K.'s sanctions regime in unintended ways, say attorneys at Greenberg Traurig.

  • EPO Decision Significantly Relaxes Patent Priority Approach

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    In a welcome development for patent applicants, a recent European Patent Office decision redefines the way that entitlement to priority is assessed, significantly relaxing the previous approach and making challenges to the right to priority in post-grant opposition proceedings far more difficult, say lawyers at Finnegan.

  • Landmark EU Climate Case May Shape Future Disputes

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    The European Court of Human Rights' recent hearing in its first-ever climate change case Agostinho v. Portugal, concerning human rights violation claims due to countries' failure to curb emissions, may develop the law on admissibility and guide future climate disputes before domestic courts, say Stefanie Spancken-Monz and Leane Meyer at Freshfields.

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