Commercial Litigation UK

  • April 12, 2021

    UK Businesses Accuse Legal Firms Of Collusion Over IP Fees

    Thousands of U.K. small businesses are set to join a group action accusing intellectual property law firms of colluding over patent renewal fee charges, the company behind the High Court suit announced Monday.

  • April 12, 2021

    Wilmington Seeks Quick Win In Suit Over $16.2M Aircraft Debt

    An asset consultant and two aviation companies suing an Indian budget airline for more than $16.2 million allegedly owed under three jet leasing agreements argued to a judge on Monday that the case could be decided in their favor without trial.

  • April 12, 2021

    Italian Cos. Urge CAT To Apply English Law In Swipe Fee Suits

    Nearly 40 Italian companies have told the Competition Appeal Tribunal that they should be able to rely on English law in their damages claims against Visa and Mastercard over swipe fees.

  • April 12, 2021

    Ex-Trader Sues RBS For £1.1M In Unpaid Bonuses

    A former Royal Bank of Scotland trader is suing the lender for more than £1.1 million ($1.5 million), claiming he is being denied promised bonuses after being unlawfully dismissed during a regulatory investigation into the Libor rate-rigging scandal.

  • April 12, 2021

    City Law Firm Beats Negligence Claim Over Mansion Advice

    A City law firm has beaten a professional negligence lawsuit for allegedly providing bad advice to a former client about refinancing his mansion after a judge said on Monday that the retainer barred any right to sue. 

  • April 12, 2021

    US App Maker Accuses Facebook Of Infringing Patent

    Facebook did not infringe an American app developer's patent for live streaming video, because the concept for the technology existed before it was legally protected, an expert for the Silicon Valley giant testified at a London court on Monday. 

  • April 12, 2021

    Gilead Says Drug Patent Is Invalid, So No Infringement

    Gilead Sciences has defended litigation it filed seeking to revoke a biotech company's patent for a hepatitis C treatment, saying the claimed scientific creation is not sufficiently innovative after earlier medical advances and therefore its own product is not infringing legitimate intellectual property.

  • April 12, 2021

    Criminal Defense Firm Hires White Collar Crime Expert

    Criminal defense law firm Stokoe Partnership Solicitors said on Monday that it has hired a fraud and white-collar crime expert from Gunnercooke to be a partner in its central London offices.

  • April 12, 2021

    Cable-Maker Looks To Settle £10M Fiber-Optic Patent Claim

    A lawsuit brought by two subsidiaries of Prysmian Group has been stayed at the High Court to allow settlement discussions with a rival cable maker from which they are seeking approximately £10 million ($14 million) in damages for allegedly profiting from their patents.

  • April 12, 2021

    Online Retailer Fights Chanel Trademark Infringement Suit

    An online fashion retailer has fought back against a trademark infringement claim brought by Chanel, saying that it does not tarnish the fashion brand by selling its goods online.

  • April 09, 2021

    Swiss Court Says UBS Clients Can't Bar French Data Transfer

    A Swiss court rejected bids by five UBS Group clients to stop the transfer of their data to France in a wider case in which the bank has been fined for helping French clients dodge taxes, rulings released Friday show.

  • April 09, 2021

    Clydesdale Bank Beats Fraud Lawsuit Over Property Valuation

    A judge threw out a British businessman's fraud lawsuit against Clydesdale Bank on Friday after finding he had abused court rules by trying to revive allegations the lender exaggerated the value of commercial property. 

  • April 09, 2021

    Gulf Oil Co. Fights $8M Saudi Aramco Suit Over Ship Impound

    Petroleum company Gulf Petrochem has hit back at an English lawsuit brought by a Saudi Aramco subsidiary demanding almost $8 million to cover the costs of releasing an impounded oil carrier, arguing that it is not legally bound to indemnify the oil giant.

  • April 09, 2021

    Banker Avoids Summons On Turkish Politician's Wife's Assets

    A judge refused on Friday to issue a summons under contempt of court rules against a U.K. banker accused of acting inappropriately when he helped the wife of a jailed Turkish politician move her family's assets out of the country.

  • April 09, 2021

    News Channel Fights Qatar Airways' Malicious Falsehood Suit

    An Arabic news channel has denied claims by Qatar Airways that it broadcast a false video to create fear that the airline's flights could be shot down during an air blockade instituted by governments in the region over Qatar's alleged terrorism links.

  • April 09, 2021

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

    The past week in London has seen Microsoft hit with an antitrust suit over software licenses, Britain's new high-speed rail service face another contract challenge and one of the first lawsuits related to a massive container ship that blocked the Suez Canal. Here, Law360 looks at these and other cases.

  • April 09, 2021

    Energy Trader Denies It Lied To Prax Parent In £4M Loan Suit

    A commodity trading company suing the parent company of Prax Group for £4 million ($5.5 million) over a financing agreement terminated by the oil giant has denied that it falsely confirmed due diligence over the deal had been completed.

  • April 09, 2021

    Experian Widens Case Against Insurers Over Consumer Action

    Experian PLC has expanded its high court battle with insurers as it seeks to recover more than $18 million it paid out in legal fees from mass consumer lawsuits by adding AIG and six underwriters and two new consumer disputes to the case.

  • April 08, 2021

    Lloyd's Retracts Fraud Allegations In Spat With Calif. Tire Co.

    Lloyd's of London underwriters have agreed to retract fraud allegations against a California tire company and settle their yearslong dispute over insurance coverage, according to a statement issued Thursday.

  • April 08, 2021

    Nigerian Media Mogul Banned For Racking Up Unpayable Debt

    A judge disqualified a Nigerian media mogul from running a company for seven years on Thursday after finding that his television company ran up huge debts over just a few years that it couldn't hope to repay.

  • April 08, 2021

    Firm Directors Fraudulently Ignored Duties, High Court Told

    An insolvency litigation financing company suing three directors of a liquidated investment advisory firm it claims fraudulently breached their duties has blasted the trio's assertions that they didn't believe the arrangements to use disallowed tax avoidance schemes would be challenged.

  • April 08, 2021

    Nomura Says Italian Law Doesn't Stop Sicily Swap Suit

    A Japanese investment bank has argued that the government of Sicily cannot rely on local Italian laws in a bid to avoid a lawsuit seeking almost €1 million ($1.2 million) brought to enforce the terms of an agreement that restructured the region's debts.

  • April 08, 2021

    Cuban Co. Hits Airplane Biz With $138M Suit Over Defects

    A Cuban aviation business has sued a Panamanian aircraft owner for $138 million in London, accusing it of knowingly supplying faulty airplanes that had to be grounded because of serious safety concerns. 

  • April 08, 2021

    Teva Aims To Revoke Rival's Blood Transfusion Drug Patent

    Generic drugs manufacturer Teva has taken Novartis AG to court in a bid to invalidate two of the pharmaceutical giant's patents for a blood transfusion medicine, arguing that the its rival's claimed intellectual property did not involve an "inventive step."

  • April 08, 2021

    Greensill German Administrator Wins Asset Freeze In Australia

    The insolvency administrator of Greensill Capital's German bank subsidiary has won proceedings in Australia to freeze assets at the country's branch of the supply-chain finance firm, in a bid to recover money for creditors.

Expert Analysis

  • A Bumpy Road To Normality After UK Pandemic Support Ends

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    As U.K. government relief measures that have shored up businesses amid the pandemic taper off, parties that cannot resolve restructuring or insolvency issues through commercial bargaining will influence the types of matters appearing before courts for years, say attorneys at Freshfields.

  • Opinion

    High Court Int'l Discovery Case Fits Mootness Exception

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    Even if the underlying arbitration in Servotronics v. Rolls Royce concludes before the U.S. Supreme Court decides the case, the court should recognize an exception to mootness and resolve the circuit split on whether a U.S. discovery statute applies to international commercial arbitration, say attorneys at Freshfields.

  • 3 Lessons For UK Litigators In Virtual Trials

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    UK litigators should note several best practices for adapting to the hurdles, and capitalizing on the benefits, of virtual trials, and expect the new hearing format to persist beyond the end of the pandemic, say Christopher Boyne and Emma Laurie-Rhodes at Debevoise.

  • RETRACTED: Considering The Future Of The Serious Fraud Office

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    Editor's note: This guest article has been removed due to the authors' ongoing involvement in the case discussed.

  • Justices Will Bring Welcome Resolution In Int'l Discovery Row

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision this week to review Servotronics v. Rolls-Royce — a case concerning use of a U.S. discovery statute in aid of private international arbitration — will result in greater certainty as to the statute's scope and allow domestic parties to better defend themselves from foreign discovery requests, say Dan Ward and Elena Davis at Ropes & Gray.

  • ITC Seems Unlikely To Stay Investigations For Parallel IPRs

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    The U.S. International Trade Commission's recent order denying Ocado's attempt to stay a dispute with AutoStore pending resolution of its inter partes review petitions signals that an ITC complainant's patents are effectively shielded from IPR challenges, at least under current Patent Trial and Appeal Board practice, say attorneys at Reichman Jorgensen.

  • Opinion

    How London Could Become Europe's Arbitration Hub

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    Trade, historical and geographical advantages give London the post-Brexit opportunity to strengthen its position as the leading arbitration-friendly jurisdiction in the region and become the hub for European parties in dispute, says Leigh Crestohl at Zaiwalla.

  • Analyzing Cost Issues After Top Court MasterCard Ruling

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    The U.K. Supreme Court recently directed MasterCard v. Merricks back to the Competition Appeal Tribunal after clarifying the tests for class action certification, likely resulting in a green light for the action and a review of the regime-specific costs and funding models of the opt-out class action, says Andy Ellis at Practico.

  • Opinion

    US Should Learn From German Courts Balancing SEP Rights

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    The German high court's recent decision in Sisvel v. Haier set a productive tone in balancing the rights of patentees and implementers in standard-essential patent disputes, and its understanding of negotiation realities should be followed by the U.S., say Cravath's David Kappos, former U.S. Patent and Trademark Office director, and Daniel Etcovitch.

  • A Post-Brexit Guide To UK-Swiss Disputes

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    Following Brexit, jurisdictional issues in U.K.-Swiss disputes and the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments will be governed by each country's respective national laws, rather than the Lugano Convention, creating uncertainty and potentially more expense and satellite litigation, say Janine Alexander at Collyer Bristow and Sébastien Collart at 100 Rhône Avocats.

  • Remote Working Tips For Lawyer Trainees And Their Firms

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    The prospect of joining a law firm during the pandemic can cause added pressure, but with a few good practices — and a little help from their firms and supervising attorneys — lawyer trainees can get ahead of the curve while working remotely, say William Morris and Ted Landray at King & Spalding.

  • Mitigate Key FCPA Risks With Tailor-Made Compliance

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    Multinational companies should take a pragmatic approach to Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance by being aware of key risk areas — such as inappropriate gift-giving, liability for third-party actions, and countries with recurring corruption issues — and implementing custom-designed procedures that evolve with their operations, says Howard Weissman at Miller Canfield.

  • Transaction Toolkit For A More Litigious M&A Environment

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    As transaction disputes rise amid evolving market conditions, certain strategies can help companies mitigate risk while remaining live to M&A opportunities, say attorneys at Freshfields.

  • High Court Ruling Checks Growth Of Bank Protection Duty

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    A number of recent claimant-friendly decisions have considered and broadened a bank's common law duty to refrain from making payments where fraud is suspected, but the High Court's recent judgement in Philipp v. Barclays Bank suggests a turn in the tide, say Paul Brehony and Kate Gee at Signature Litigation.

  • Analyzing Illegality Defense Trend In Investor-State Arbitration

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    Cairn Energy v. India, a recent Permanent Court of Arbitration case, highlights the growing trend of states alleging illegal investor conduct to challenge tribunal jurisdiction or investor claim admissibility, say Caline Mouawad at Chaffetz Lindsey and Jessica Beess und Chrostin at Covington.

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