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In a move that will come as a relief to internet news aggregators such as Google News and the Huffington Post, the European Parliament has confirmed in principal the rules to be covered under the European Copyright Directive. The proposed reforms, which have been two years in the making, are still subject to final review but in draft form they would appear to assuage news aggregators who feared that they may face copyright legal action or other penalties for displaying short pieces of content – known as ‘snippets’ – from other, third party sources.

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Woody Allen, a Hollywood veteran whose career encompasses acting, directing, writing and comedy, is taking legal action against internet giant Amazon after the controversial director’s latest film, ‘A Rainy Day in New York’, was shelved following the emergence of new abuse allegations.

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Samuel Tak Lee, the single largest shareholder of London based and FTSE 250 listed property developer Shaftesbury, is ramping up his dispute with the Shaftesbury board, making it clear his intention to vote against its directors at their forthcoming AGM.

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Having de-listed from the Australian Stock Exchange and joined AIM last month, Australian litigation funder Litigation Capital Management Limited (LCM) is a new name in the UK’s burgeoning third party litigation funding market.

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Staff at a Scottish clinical waste disposal firm are facing financial hardship as an ongoing contested insolvency action means that redundancy payments are being delayed.

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Sometimes, even an established professional such as a lawyer or solicitor can make a mistake that directly affects you or your business. Mistakes, whilst thankfully not that common in the UK, can mean that a wide range of claims may fail, contracts become invalid and you or your business are left picking up the pieces with the likely financial consequences that this entails.
If you have had a problem with your solicitor and you would like to find out more about making a claim for compensation, there are 4 main factors to consider:

In what is widely considered to be one of the largest claims in British legal history, a joint UU/US firm has filed a complaint at Liverpool High Court seeking £5bn in compensation for victims of an environmental catastrophe in Brazil.

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A recent judgement at the Court of Appeal in Cadbury UK v The Comptroller General of Patents Designs and Trademarks has upheld a 2016 High Court decision meaning that confectionary manufacturer Cadbury is unable to revise part of a trade mark it owns by removing a description it feared had invalidated another of its marks.

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Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Carlton Banks, one of the much loved stars from the classic 90’s US TV show ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’, is taking legal action to stop the developers of the popular computer game ‘Fortnite’ from using a dance that he performed on the show.

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A man who sued an IVF clinic in London for breach of contract over a faked signature has lost his claim for compensation at the Court of Appeal.

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Most individuals or businesses at some point will need to engage the services of a professional to help with a particular task or project. When instructing a professional, it is reasonable to expect a certain level of service and expertise; you have placed your trust ion this professional individual or business and there will be an expectation that a particular result or outcome will be delivered.

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, one of the stars of the hit TV series ‘Game of Thrones’, is embroiled in a contract dispute with his former agent that could end up costing him up to $2 million.

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In a move that will be welcomed by many businesses both in mainland Europe and the UK, the recent Brexit draft withdrawal agreement contains a clause which means that EU trademarks and designs will continue to be valid once the UK formally leaves the EU (if it actually does, of course!).

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Professional footballer Ched Evans is set to take legal action against his former lawyers in a claim for loss of earnings following his initial conviction at a rape trial. 29-year old Evans, who has also earned 13 caps at international level for Wales, faced trial for rape in 2012 where he was ultimately convicted, spending two and a half years in prison. Evans has always protested his innocence over the rape claim bought by a nineteen year old woman following from a drunken night at a hotel in Wales in 2011.

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In a recently submitted legal complaint lodged in an American court, the Girl Scouts of the USA have filed a trademark infringement claim against the Boy Scouts of America after the latter organisation recently announced that it would be dropping the word ‘Boy’ from its title and start accepting girls to join the organisation. The Boy Scouts, which accepts children aged between 11 and 17, announced the name change in May this year in connection with its new Scout Me In campaign featuring boys and girls.

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Shareholders of embattled bakery chain Patisserie Valerie are being encouraged to join a group action claim by London law firm Teacher Stern.

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A ruling from the European Union Court of Justice (CJEU) earlier this year has confirmed that a distinctive design element commonly found in shoes from high-end designer Christian Louboutin is a valid trade mark registration.

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Moves by Russian billionaire and oligarch Vitaly Orlov to keep secret a worldwide freezing order worth £266m has been recently rejected by the High Court in London. in the latest twist in a dispute over the ownership of a fisheries company being heard in London.

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Formula One, the world’s premier motorsport championship looks likely to be plunged into a legal battle soon after a prospective buyer of the Force India F1 team considers suing administrators over “serious concerns about the conduct of the bid process.”

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A recent decision by the European Parliament approving a new copyright law could have major implications for online user generated content and may even ‘destroy the internet as we know it’ according to user groups.

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