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Well known celebrity and TV star Noel Edmonds, presenter of Channel 4’s hit show ‘Deal or No Deal’, has reached a financial settlement with Lloyds Banking Group (‘LBG’) following a long and protracted legal action.

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A recent report from legal information providers Thomson Reuters provides an insight into the volume of Brexit-related legislation in the run up to the current (until further notice, of course..) ‘Brexit date’ of 31st October 2019. In the first six months of this year, 488 pieces of legislation were passed relating to changes in laws to cover the UK’s exit from the European Union. In comparison, only a single piece Brexit-related legislation was passed during the same period in the previous year.

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In one of the more blatant – and frankly comical - examples of infringing a brands copyright and intellectual property rights, a garage in Brazil has recently been raided and closed down by police after it was found to be producing replicas of well-known supercars from manufacturers including Ferrari and Lamborghini.

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Prompting speculation in the UK gambling industry that a private settlement has been reached, a long running claim for unpaid winnings from a horse racing bet has recently been discontinued.

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If you or your business is owed money by another business or individual, you can make an application to a court to claim the money that you are owed. This is known as making a court claim, and depending on your individual circumstances, there are two main types of court that you can register a claim with – the Small Claims Court and the County or High Court.

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S&G (Slater & Gordon) solicitors has confirmed that it will be proceeding with its legal action against Watchstone PLC over claims that its acquisition of legal services business Quindell was based on fraudulent misrepresentation, together with breach of warranties provided as part of the deal.

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The UK’s Anglia Ruskin University has lost a claim by one of its graduates over the standard and quality of the teaching provided, resulting in an out of court financial settlement of £61,000.

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Rich Energy, the main sponsor of Formula 1 race team Haas, has lost a claim for copyright infringement against Whyte Bikes, a UK mountain bike manufacturer.

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In a move that many observers will see as a victory against the increasing ‘stealth’ privatisation of the NHS, healthcare provider Circle is set to lose its contract to the Nottingham NHS Treatment Centre, despite taking legal action to get the decision changed.

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A recent judgement at the High Court in London has seen the Post Office being ordered to pay over £5 million in legal costs resulting from its ongoing legal dispute with former Post Office workers.

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London’s Court of Appeal has ruled that a judge in a recent libel claim had ‘seriously transgressed’ the fundamental principle of neutrality and had ‘bullied’ a Litigant in Person (‘LIP’) whilst they were giving evidence at trial.

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Commercial layers and economists from a number of European nations have recently signed an open letter urging caution with regard to proposed reforms in the current EU laws governing competition.

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The recent Commercial Courts Report 2019 by Portland Communications sheds an interesting light onto the types of litigation and commercial legal actions being bought in London, and the nationalities of those bring such claims.

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A recent decision by the Court of Appeal in the US, overturning a previous and highly controversial decision regarding unauthorised use of images on the internet, has come as a relief to professional photographers worldwide.

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Over the years here at Advantage Litigation Solutions, we have looked at many claims and counter claims involving patents and patent infringements. With the increasing importance of intellectual property and brand identity in our globalised business world, effective legal protection of a patent is extremely important.

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A recent landmark decision by the UK’s Supreme Court has ruled that Vedanta Resources, a UK-based mining business and its Zambian subsidiary Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), can face legal action and claims bought by Zambian citizens, despite the companies’ long-standing argument that any such claims should be bought in Zambia itself.

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Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), designers and manufacturers of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles has recently announced that it has been successful with a legal action made in China for copyright infringement.

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Huw Jenkins, former chairman of Championship football club Swansea City FC, is making a claim for damages based on alleged professional negligence against a firm of solicitors who had previously advised him during his divorce in 2017.

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A recent judgement has seen a costs penalty of £80,000 imposed on the Ministry of Defence (MOD) following concerns over disclosure of information as part of a contract dispute case.

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The Law Society has published guidance for UK solicitors covering changes to Intellectual Property (IP) Law indicating the potential for chaos and confusion for broadcasters and media outlets should the UK leave the EU on a ‘no deal’ basis. As yet another unintended consequence of crashing out of the EU with no deal, broadcasters may have to get full copyright permission for every EU country that they broadcast to, rather than the current situation whereby they only need copyright permission from the country they are broadcasting from.

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  • Well known celebrity and TV star Noel Edmonds, presenter of Channel 4’s hit show ‘Deal or No Deal’, has reached a financial settlement with Lloyds Banking Group (‘LBG’) following a long and protracted legal action. Edmonds, 70, originally sued LBG for £60m after his Unique Group business was destroyed as a result of a large scale, systemic fraud between 2003 and 2007 at an HBOS branch in Reading. LBG, which acquired HBOS in 2009, has not revealed details of the settlement but it is believed to be around £5m. LBG has issued an apology for the distress caused to Edmonds as a result of the £245m loans fraud at the HBOS branch. After a lengthy investigation, six former HBOS staff were jailed in 2017 for their involvement in destroying a number of small businesses and illegally spending the proceeds of their... Read More

  • A recent report from legal information providers Thomson Reuters provides an insight into the volume of Brexit-related legislation in the run up to the current (until further notice, of course..) ‘Brexit date’ of 31st October 2019. In the first six months of this year, 488 pieces of legislation were passed relating to changes in laws to cover the UK’s exit from the European Union. In comparison, only a single piece Brexit-related legislation was passed during the same period in the previous year. However, even though the volume of legislation may provide some comfort that many of the significant legal challenges involved with the Brexit process are being addressed, there are still three vitally important Bills that need to be passed before the 31st October: • The Financial Services Bill – which is designed to grant the government powers to implement future EU... Read More

  • In one of the more blatant – and frankly comical - examples of infringing a brands copyright and intellectual property rights, a garage in Brazil has recently been raided and closed down by police after it was found to be producing replicas of well-known supercars from manufacturers including Ferrari and Lamborghini. According to the Associated Press agency, the raid in the Santa Catarina state took place following a tip-off from one of the famous Italian brands. The police discovered eight vehicles in various degrees of completion, along with tools, bodywork moulds and an extremely comprehensive selection of spare parts. Brazilian police say that it’s not clear how many finished vehicles may have rolled out of the garage, or how many may already be in the hands of buyers. The father and son duo who ran the operation have been arrested on... Read More