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Global tech giant Apple is likely to face a group-action claim over multiple problems and failures of the displays on its popular MacBook Pro range. Apple, one of the ‘big 5’ global technology companies and the first US company to be valued at over $1 trillion, is the defendant in a complaint filed in a California district court that alleges a number of breaches of state and federal consumer protection laws, in addition to fraudulent concealment.

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Manchester United and England footballing legend David Beckham, also famous for being married to former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham, is facing a trademark infringement dispute with Italian professional football club Inter Milan.

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Following a recent High Court appeal judgement, infrastructure support services provider Amey are set to receive £4m in compensation from West Sussex County Council due to a disputed highways contract procurement process.

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The contemporary UK litigation sector now allows for a variety of alternative options when it comes to resolving commercial, business and personal legal disputes. Known as Alternative Dispute Resolution (‘ADR’), it is worth being aware of the options available and which may be best suited for your individual circumstances.

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Before the Event Insurance – commonly shortened to “BTE”- is an insurance policy that is purchased by a business or individual that is designed to cover legal costs in the event of them needing to make a claim or should a claim be made against them. Whilst you can purchase BTE insurance as a ‘standalone’ policy, it is more commonly included with a range of business or personal insurance products. As with most types of insurance, the cover that a BTE policy provides can vary and is vital that the policy cover, and its limitations, are fully understood before buying a policy.

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September’s annual report from litigation funding business LCM has highlighted the overall lack of choice and competition in the UK’s litigation funding market. The report from the Australian based funder also highlights that the market for claimants seeking to fund litigation as a pro-active choice, rather than through financial necessity, is “almost entirely unaddressed”.

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Despite facing criticism from the legal profession since they were updated in the Damages-Based Agreements Regulations in 2013, forthcoming updates to Damages Based Agreements (‘DBA’) are set to make this model of funding for civil litigation claims far more attractive.

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Recently published figures from a litigation funder LCM has highlighted the increasing trend in the use of external litigation funding to support commercial legal actions both in the UK and in other international jurisdictions.

Australian-based LCM’s annual report (to 6/19) shows a 17% year on year increase in revenues revenue17% to A$35m (£19m), with a 23% increase in gross profit to A$20m. LCM’s shares, launched on London’s AIM at 52p last December had reached a high of 116p in April 2019.

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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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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 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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  • A recent independent report by London-based litigation analytics specialists Solomonic has highlighted a fall in the number of litigation actions taking place in the UK’s commercial courts, following steady growth in the preceding five previous years. The commercial courts had fast become the court of choice for litigants from Europe and farther afield, but the dual impacts of undecided post-Brexit legislation and the more recent Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic has seen litigants seek alternative jurisdictions. The Solomonics report indicates that between April 2019 and March 2020, 198 cases were heard in London’s commercial courts, a 9% decline compared to the previous year. Litigants from EU countries formed 13.6% of all litigants, down from 16.5% two years ago. In contrast, statistics compiled by litigation consultants Portland show that the number of litigants from Singapore and Kazakhstan has risen almost 200% since 2018/19. UK... Read More

  • Global tech giant Apple is likely to face a group-action claim over multiple problems and failures of the displays on its popular MacBook Pro range. Apple, one of the ‘big 5’ global technology companies and the first US company to be valued at over $1 trillion, is the defendant in a complaint filed in a California district court that alleges a number of breaches of state and federal consumer protection laws, in addition to fraudulent concealment. Lead claimant Mahan Taleshpour is suing Apple on behalf of American consumers who have purchased a MacBook Pro from the model years of 2016 to date. Taleshpour claims that Apple was aware of - and decided to cover up - a design defect in the connection cable between the MacBook Pro's base and display. It is alleged that this manufacturing defect results in the cable... Read More

  • The ongoing coronavirus Covid-19 crisis continues to impact on UK civil litigation hearings with a recent High Court decision meaning that the largest ever class action claim can proceed remotely. Whilst such remote hearings may be seen as a means to an end during the current lockdown conditions, once such hearings become the ‘new normal’, the impact on how civil litigation claims are conducted is likely to be huge. Read More