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Disputes

Disputes

Can You Keep A Secret?

When you hear the phrase “intellectual property” or “intellectual property rights” trade marks and patents may spring to mind but perhaps not trade secrets. When it comes to intellectual property rights there is no doubt that trade secrets are the poor relations having been overlooked by legislators who favour more attractive or well known members of the IP family. But it appears that now is the time for trade secrets to step out into the limelight and become, perhaps, less secretive.

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Relationship Status: It’s Complicated

Andrew Clark

Uber is a remarkable success story. Founded in 2009, the ride-sharing service now brings drivers and passengers together in over 300 cities in 57 countries worldwide. Recent estimates suggest it is worth a reported $40 billion, which is more than Instagram.

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Bribery And Corruption In The Beautiful Game

Ray Gribben

Nothing has quite caught the public imagination on Bribery and Corruption lately like the allegations flying around at the top of “the beautiful game” – FIFA. The high international drama makes our domestic MPs expenses scandal and comedians’ tax wheezes look mild in comparison. The US Department of Justice has indicted fourteen former and current FIFA officials and associates on charges of “rampant, systemic and deep rooted [corruption] both abroad and here in the United States”.

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Defamation Claims: Putting The Fear In Broadcasters?

Just two years after Transworld abandons the publication in the United Kingdom of Lawrence Wright’s novel ‘Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief’, Sky Atlantic is now withholding the broadcast of a new television documentary based on the book, amidst concerns over potential defamation claims in Northern Ireland.

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Court Wades Through Deep Water To Cancel Out Wind Farm Contractor’s Liability

With one huge judicial blow the English Court of Appeal last week reduced a sub-sea engineering contractor’s liability from €26.25 million to just £10, showing that if you want to impose a ‘fitness for purpose’ liability in your contract you must be upfront and crystal clear in your wording.

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Jaws Of A Dilemma Over Katy Perry’s Shark

Colin Hulme

Katy Perry’s half-time show at this year’s Super Bowl was made especially memorable for the comedy value of her backing dancer now known as “Left Shark” who appeared to have forgotten his dance moves. However, few of the 118 million viewers will have immediately been alert to the global brand protection issues which would arise for the performer.

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What's Next For Product Liability Actions?

Fiona McAllister

A transformation of the Scottish civil justice system is expected this year as the Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 comes into force. The first provisions came into effect on 1 April 2015 and the next tranche will be effective from September 2015. Here we take a look at a couple of ways in which this new legislation will impact on how product liability actions are taken forward in Scotland.

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Breaking News: Judgment In The Woolworths Collective Redundancy Consultation Case

Andrew Knight

In February we sent out an article reporting on the opinion of the Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in the important and widely publicised case involving Woolworths.

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Share And Share Alike: Discrimination Implications Of Shared Parental Leave?

This year brings more interesting developments to the world of employment law, particularly with the introduction of Shared Parental Leave (SPL).  As discussed in our blog in July 2014, the new legislation applies to children expected to be born or adopted on or after 5 April 2015.  It aims to provide parents with greater flexibility in terms of the time they take off following the birth or adoption of their child.   Many employers will cu

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Your £3.745m Loan Has Been Approved... Need I Say More?

“You’ll be pleased to know it’s all approved”

The Supreme Court has today confirmed that the statement above, made in a telephone conversation with a customer, was enough to create a binding obligation on RBS to lend nearly four million pounds (Carlyle v RBS).

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