Commercial Litigation UK

  • 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.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • How AI Inventorship Is Evolving In The UK, EU And US

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    While the U.K. Supreme Court's recent decision in Thaler v. Comptroller-General is the latest in a series of decisions by U.K., U.S. and EU authorities that artificial intelligence systems cannot be named as inventors in patents, the guidance from these jurisdictions suggests that patents may be granted to human inventors that use AI as a sophisticated tool, say lawyers at Mayer Brown.

  • EU Report Is A Valuable Guide For Data Controllers

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    The European Data Protection Board recently published a study of cases handled by national supervisory authorities where uniform application of the General Data Protection Regulation was prioritized, providing data controllers with arguments for an adequate response to manage liability in case of a breach and useful insights into how security requirements are assessed, say Thibaut D'hulst and Malik Aouadi at Van Bael.

  • UK Court Ruling Reinforces CMA's Info-Gathering Powers

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    An English appeals court's recent decision in the BMW and Volkswagen antitrust cases affirmed that the U.K. Competition and Markets Authority can request information from entities outside the U.K., reinstating an important implement in the CMA's investigative toolkit, say lawyers at White & Case.

  • 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.

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