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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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Danish professional football – and the sports betting that is such a part of the modern game now – was thrown into disarray recently when many Danish players, including many who had performed so well at this year’s World Cup in Russia such as Christian Eriksen and Kasper Schmeichel, refused to sign a new contract governing image and commercial rights with the Danish Football Association (DBU).

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Despite the settlement of a claim a year ago, shareholders are still waiting to receive compensation from Royal Bank of Scotland RBS.

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A recent judgment in a claim for solicitor’s professional negligence has highlighted the importance of appropriate expert evidence to establish whether and how any such negligence can be attributed.

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Simply put, a domain name is your website name, the address on the internet where users can access and see your website. Whilst computers use IP addresses, which are a series of numbers to identify unique devices and locations on the internet, domain names were developed as it is difficult for humans to remember strings of numbers.

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A leading lawyer claims that trustees of London’s abandoned garden bridge scheme, including actress Joanna Lumley and the former Labour minister Lord Davies, may have breached their legal duties over the failed project, costing taxpayers over £40m.

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GDPR’s European-wide introduction in May 2018, combined with an increasing awareness of data privacy issues amongst businesses and individuals is likely to result in an increase in data privacy related class action (also known as group action) claims and litigation in the UK.

The total number of individuals being formally declared as insolvent has reached its highest level for the past six years, based on data from March to May 2018. There are now a record number of UK citizens proceeding with Individual Voluntary Agreements (IVA’s), an arrangement whereby individual debtors agree to repay their creditors some or all of what they owe.

Amongst the current turmoil surrounding the UK’s exit from the European Union, a recent survey on commercial legal services behaviour by Thomson Reuters adds to the litany of negative news emanating from all parts of UK society.

Drivers of London’s iconic black cabs are planning to sue Uber for £1.25billion in 'lost earnings', according to a new report. The Licensed Taxi Drivers' Association (LTDA) is working with leading law firm Mishcon de Reya to explore its options in making a legal claim against the online ride hailing giant.

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A long running property dispute involving a father and son has reached the High Court in London in highly acrimonious circumstances.

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A recent ruling by the High Court in London has resulted in a decision to award a health services contract to a private company being blocked.

Lancashire County Council wanted to outsource children’s health services to private provider Virgin Care, in a contract worth £104m. However, a combined challenge to the contract from Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Trust and Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust (LCFT) succeeded in arguing that Lancashire County Council had not followed the correct procurement process.

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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. The 48 year old Danish actor, who plays the role of Jamie ‘The Kingslayer’ Lannister in the HBO fantasy series, has been ordered by a court in the USA to pay his former manager Jill Littman around $2 million, made up of around $1.75 million of that in back pay, plus about $225,000 in interest. The dispute is over a contract the actor had with Littman and her agency Impression Entertainment for a significant portion of hi Hollywood career, which has seen Coster-Waldau star in films including ‘Black Hawk Down’. The Emmy Award nominated actor terminated his professional relationship with Littman in 2015, stating in an email that: I... Read More

  • 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!). The clause in the withdrawal agreement, Article 54, confirms that subject to trademarks and IP being assigned to a specific owner before the end of the transition period, then such trademarks and designs will apply both in the EU and the UK.IP experts had expressed concerns prior to the confirmation of Article 54, led by the Intellectual Property Office who were acutely aware of the amount of legal and administrative work that would be involved in transferring thousands of rights. The clause will now mean that rights holders can be... Read More

  • 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. On 21st April 2016, the former Sheffield United striker, currently playing on loan for League One Fleetwood Town, had his original conviction quashed by the Court of Appeal, and a subsequent and highly controversial retrial in October 2016 found him to be not guilty. Evans now intends to sue his... Read More