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By Perran Jervis In decisions handed down one day apart, the Court of Appeal concluded that a far-reaching exclusion clause which limited liability for negligence was reasonable under the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 (UCTA), whereas an exclusion clause in a lease (in the form of a non-reliance clause) was not. The decisions emphasise that […]

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On 8 June 2016, the EU Trade Secrets Directive was adopted. The main purpose of the Directive was to harmonise and enhance the protection of trade secrets EU-wide and to thus create an innovation-friendly environment for businesses. The EU Member States had to implement this Directive by 9 June 2018. Belgium missed the deadline, but […]

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Hausfeld will seek leave to appeal the Court of Appeal decision to dismiss a bid to bring a representative class action through the High Court. The ruling, given by Lord Justice Mummery on Friday (see story), struck a blow to the class action movement  and left many claimant lawyers wondering how consumer clients who are […]

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