Commercial Litigation UK

  • January 21, 2022

    Russian Fugitive Banker Wins Appeal Over Bankruptcy Order

    An appeals court sided with a Russian fugitive on Friday in his appeal against a decision recognizing the validity of a Russian bankruptcy order in the U.K., in a case concerning efforts by Moscow to recover assets from one of the country's biggest-ever bank collapses.

  • January 21, 2022

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

    The past week in London has seen more than 3,000 motorists go after a German carmaker, Fladgate LLP face a professional negligence claim from an investment group, and a Hungarian airline sue the publisher of its in-flight magazine. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • January 21, 2022

    Ex-Newcastle Owner Sues Staveley For £10M Over Criticism

    Former Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has sued financier Amanda Staveley to claw back £10 million ($13.6 million) allegedly lent to help fund the Saudi-led takeover of the club, accusing her of tarnishing his reputation in breach of their agreement.

  • January 21, 2022

    VW, Others Settle Shipping Cartel Fight With Wallenius

    Audi and Porsche and several other automakers have settled their lawsuit against Wallenius Wilhelmsen, resolving allegations that the Norwegian shipper conspired to fix prices in a cartel that was fined €395 million ($450 million) by European regulators.

  • January 21, 2022

    Air France Settles $35M Failed Plane Redelivery Suit

    The German owners of a passenger aircraft have settled their dispute with Air France seeking more than $34.9 million allegedly owed under a lease agreement.

  • January 21, 2022

    AIG Fights £10M Claim From Law Firm Clients Over Transfer

    AIG has hit back against a lawsuit for more than £10 million ($13.5 million) from clients of a law firm it insured, saying they waited too long to file their claim for deposits they paid to their lawyers that they never got back.

  • January 21, 2022

    Dirty Martini Bar Owner In New COVID Biz Interruption Dispute

    The owner of cocktail bar chain Dirty Martini will launch a group action test case in the English courts against its insurer in an attempt to recover losses suffered through business interruption during the coronavirus pandemic, the company's law firm has said.

  • January 21, 2022

    Gov't Wins Transfer Of £600M Depression-Era UK Debt Fund

    A judge approved on Friday the government's plans to exhaust a £600 million ($814 million) charitable fund from 1928 on Britain's national debt instead of other causes, despite the "minuscule" effect it will have on the country's borrowings.

  • January 20, 2022

    Top EU Court Revives Chinese Steel Pipes Duties Dispute

    Europe's highest court walked back a lower court ruling that wiped out anti-dumping duties on certain Chinese pipes and tubes, finding Thursday that the court ignored evidence when it struck down the European Commission's methodology.

  • January 20, 2022

    Aldi Pours Ice On M&S Tussle Over Christmas Gin Bottles

    Aldi has denied Marks and Spencer's claims that the German retailer infringed the British chain's registered designs for Christmas gin bottles, arguing in a new court filing that the bottles' designs are visually distinct. 

  • January 20, 2022

    AutoStore, Ocado Fight Over Status Of High Court IP Claim

    Norwegian robotics company AutoStore has said it will add two more patent claims to an ongoing intellectual property battle with Ocado, rebutting claims by the online grocery chain that it is abandoning its lawsuit.

  • January 20, 2022

    German Tax Refund Rules Violate EU Law, ECJ Adviser Says

    German rules on the refunding of withholding tax to nonresident companies violate fundamental European Union rights on the free movement of capital, an adviser to the European Court of Justice said in an opinion Thursday.

  • January 20, 2022

    UBS Fights To Push Bulk Of $495M Margin Suit Out Of UK

    UBS AG argued on Thursday that most of a $495 million lawsuit brought against the bank by a Chinese tycoon over a failed investment cannot proceed in England as the financial agreements were executed in China.

  • January 20, 2022

    Insurer Accuses Broker Of Concealing Info In Fire Claim

    Liverpool Victoria has hit its broker with a £200,000 ($272,000) damages claim for allegedly concealing information about the director of a property firm who sued the insurer for a £2 million payout after a building caught fire.

  • January 20, 2022

    Bitcoin Customers Get OK To Enforce Kraken Freezing Order

    A judge gave the green light on Thursday to three Bitcoin customers who allege their cryptocurrency was fraudulently stolen from their digital wallets, allowing them to enforce a freezing order against a digital exchange in the British Virgin Islands.

  • January 20, 2022

    Ex-Director Appeals FCA Breach In Music Biz Share Sale

    The director behind a failed attempt to revive a popular British record store chain urged an appeals court Thursday to overturn findings that she broke market rules and misled investors by promoting shares in the business.

  • January 19, 2022

    Atty Suing Dechert Asks 9th Circ. To Allow Google Subpoena

    A Jordanian lawyer who sued Dechert LLP in England claiming it was behind his detention in the United Arab Emirates urged the Ninth Circuit Wednesday to reverse a ruling rejecting his request to subpoena Google and other companies for evidence related to his U.K. case.

  • January 19, 2022

    Vale Docs Are Off-Limits As Guinean Mining Fight Grinds On

    Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz has lost his bid for information from Brazilian miner Vale that was aimed at bolstering his case in an upcoming trial in the U.K. over an ill-fated Guinean mining project, after a New York judge ruled Wednesday that his requests were too broad.

  • January 19, 2022

    Switzerland Escapes $300M Real Estate Claim

    Switzerland has escaped a $300 million real estate claim filed on behalf of three Italian investors who said the government and national bank took actions that devalued their properties.

  • January 19, 2022

    Former EU Antitrust Investigator Joins Gibson Dunn

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP announced on Tuesday that a former European Commission investigator has joined the firm as managing director of its antitrust and competition practice group out of Brussels.

  • January 19, 2022

    Sony, Hendrix Estate Sue Over Bandmates' UK Royalty Claims

    Sony Music Entertainment and the estate of Jimi Hendrix filed suit in Manhattan federal court Tuesday seeking to block a threat of copyright litigation in the United Kingdom over royalties from recordings by the late guitarist's onetime band.

  • January 19, 2022

    Deutsche Telekom Wins Default Interest On Reduced EU Fine

    A European Union court ruled Wednesday that the bloc's antitrust watchdog must pay Deutsche Telekom AG €1.8 million ($2 million) in interest after the telecommunications giant got its fine for abuse of dominance reduced.

  • January 19, 2022

    Russian Bank Overturns Security Ruling In $1.3B Fraud Suit

    A London judge set aside a ruling on Wednesday that Vneshprombank LLC failed to fulfill the terms of a consent order permitting it to provide security for its $1.3 billion fraud claim against ex-owner Georgy Bedzhamov through a bank guarantee.

  • January 19, 2022

    KPMG Auditor Says FRC Agreed To Making 'Fabricated' Doc

    A former senior KPMG manager accused of misleading inspectors from the Financial Reporting Council told a disciplinary tribunal on Wednesday that he acted with the knowledge of the watchdog's officials who were scrutinizing the firm's audit of an IT outsourcing company.

  • January 19, 2022

    Raymond James Gets OK For £279M Charles Stanley Takeover

    A London court approved on Wednesday the £278.9 million ($380 million) takeover of wealth manager Charles Stanley by U.S. financial group Raymond James after Britain's financial regulator finally rubber-stamped the deal.

Expert Analysis

  • Ruling Highlights UK Courts' Approach To Climate Claims

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    The Scottish Court of Session's decision in Greenpeace Ltd. v. The Advocate General illustrates that courts in England, Wales and Scotland do not consider the effects of oil consumption to be a relevant consideration in the context of environmental impact assessments, thereby putting the issue of the justiciability of climate-related claims back into the spotlight, say Mark Clarke and Gwen Wackwitz at White & Case.

  • Issues To Watch In Potential English Arbitration Act Reform

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    Summary dismissal, confidentiality, technological updates and certain other topics that could fall under the England and Wales Law Commission's upcoming review of the 25-year-old Arbitration Act should be of particular interest to those considering an English-seated arbitration, say Neil Newing and Alasdair Marshall at Signature Litigation.

  • Investors May Reconsider Arbitration Seats After ECJ Ruling

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    The European Court of Justice's recent Moldova v. Komstroy decision undermines the attractiveness of European Union-seated investment arbitration as it highlights to investors that such proceedings can be subject to interference from EU courts, says Tomas Vail of Vail Dispute Resolution.

  • How Immune Are State Agents From Foreign Courts?

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    The ongoing case of Basfar v. Wong is the latest to raise questions about the boundary between commercial or private activity and the exercise of sovereign authority that shields state agents from foreign judicial scrutiny — and the U.K. Supreme Court's upcoming decision in the matter will likely bring clarity on exceptions to the immunity doctrine, say Andrew Stafford QC and Oleg Shaulko at Kobre & Kim.

  • Football Statistics Fight May Clarify Data Fouls Under GDPR

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    Expected litigation from a group of footballers against companies that mine and monetize their performance statistics would challenge the boundaries of permissible data collection and help define damages under the General Data Protection Regulation, says Kim Roberts at King & Spalding.

  • UK's Vicarious Liability Juggernaut Shows Signs Of Slowing

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    In the last five years, U.K. court decisions have generally broadened the scope of vicarious liability, holding organizations responsible for individuals' crimes, but more recent decisions suggest that courts are finally taking steps to limit such liability, say Stephanie Wilson and Philip Tracey at Plexus Legal.

  • UK Ruling Evinces Conflict In Int'l Award Enforcement

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    A recent U.K. Supreme Court decision in Kabab-Ji SAL v. Kout Food Group, declining to enforce an International Chamber of Commerce award, revives a decade-old cautionary tale in Anglo-French judicial relations and the potential lack of consensus in the cross-border enforcement of international awards, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

  • Navigating FCPA Risks Of Minority-Owned Joint Ventures

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    The U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will likely continue to focus on third-party risks under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, so companies with minority-owned joint ventures should take several steps to mitigate related compliance challenges, say Ben Kimberley at The Clorox Company and Addison Thompson at Covington.

  • What SEP Holders Can Take Away From UK's Apple Ruling

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    A U.K. court's recent decision in the standard essential patent dispute between Apple and Optis Cellular Technology provides encouragement for SEP owners litigating their portfolios in the U.K. and reaffirms the country's place as a patentee-friendly jurisdiction, says Tess Waldron at Powell Gilbert.

  • Complex Fraud Ruling Clarifies Abuse Of Process Jurisdiction

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    The U.K. Court of Appeal’s recent judgement in Regina v. Jones — allowing prosecution of the complex fraud case to continue — provides important guidance on trial judges’ proper use of the abuse of process jurisdiction in the context of private prosecution, says David Corker at Corker Binning.

  • The Rise Of Climate Change Litigation In Europe

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    European courts are an increasingly popular arena for preventative environmental litigation because they can give judgments that have immediate and binding effects on member states and international companies, making it imperative for companies to comply with and exceed environmental standards, say Sylvie Gallage-Alwis and Stephanie Eaton at Signature Litigation.

  • Policyholder Outlook Following UK Biz Interruption Test Case

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    In the nine months since the U.K. Supreme Court ruled in favor of policyholders in the Financial Conduct Authority’s test case on insurance coverage for COVID-19 businesses interruption claims, similar lawsuits filed against insurers show that a positive outcome for insureds is not guaranteed, say Peter Sharp and Paul Mesquitta at Morgan Lewis.

  • How UK Data Breach Ruling May Rein In Insurance Claims

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    The recent U.K. High Court ruling in Warren v. DSG Retail, which held that claimants can only pursue personal data claims provided for in data protection legislation, narrows the basis upon which claims can be made following a data breach, and could make lower-cost recovery of after-the-event insurance premiums a thing of the past, say attorneys at Jenner & Block.

  • Takeaways On Noncompete Pacts From UK Top Court Ruling

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    The recent U.K. Supreme Court holding in Harcus Sinclair v. Your Lawyers provides a helpful synopsis of factors to be considered in determining whether the beneficiary of a restraint of trade undertaking has legitimate interests to protect, say David Fisher and Pooja Dasgupta at CM Murray.

  • Takeaways On Pre-Action Protocols From UK Patent Ruling

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    The U.K. High Court's recent patent ruling in Add2 Research v. dSpace instructs parties in proper pre-action discussions that avoid breaches of protocol, including how to provide materials in confidence, say Angela Jack and Emily Atherton at EIP.

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