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French car maker Citroen, part of multinational auto manufacturer PSA Group, has accused a new Swedish manufacturer of infringing copyright through the use of a logo that bears a strong resemblance to the logo the French maker has used for years. 
 
The Swedish brand in question, Polestar, used to be a division of Volvo cars but became an independent brand and business three years ago. Whilst still maintaining close ties with Volvo, Polestar focusses on designing and manufacturing plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles. Polestar already has two products that go but the simple names of 1 and 2, but the trademark dispute with Citroën means that they have been unable to sell the vehicles in France. 

The Supreme Court in London is about make its judgement in highly contentious case centred on the rejected business interruption claims that many large insurers have turned down due to the Covid-19 pandemic. With large numbers of mainly small businesses reporting problems when claiming on their business insurance policies, the final judgement in the case will have huge implications for over 350,000 businesses involving claims totalling just under £1.3bn.

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New research by GLG that was commissioned by litigation funding specialists Burford Capital shines light onto the increasingly common use of third party litigation funding to resolve business disputes of all types.
GLG approached a cross section of private law firms, in-house legal departments and other related professionals in the USA, UK and Australia, the territories in which use of litigation funding is most prevalent. The law firms surveyed had between 10 and 500 lawyers, whilst the in-house legal professionals were at firms with annual revenues ranging from £80m to over £4bn. Overall, use of litigation funding by private law firms has increased from 37% to 89%, with funding use by in-house teams also doubling over 3 years to 76%.

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Tech giant YouTube is facing a group action claim in the UK over allegations that the Google-owned video sharing platform has violated various privacy and data protection laws. The class action claim, being brought by specialist non-profit international law Hausfeld and Foxglove, accuses YouTube of habitually breaching breaking European data protection laws by unlawfully targeting over four million under thirteen year-olds with addictive programming whilst also gathering their data for use in targeted advertisers.

A large scale contract dispute claim has commenced involving a Hull based energy plant and one of its main contractors.

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