Ras Al Khaimah

Parties clash as Dechert and Gerrard face latest court claim

Counsel were on hand to defend Dechert and former partner Neil Gerrard from further claims in court today, less than 24 hours after judgment was handed down in their bitter dispute with Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC).  A case management conference (CMC) was held ahead of the trial brought against the law firm and former […]

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City firms instructed in mega football club insurance claim

A magic circle firm has been called on by a group of top football clubs in a lawsuit against insurers, The Lawyer has learned. According to the public court filing system, Clifford Chance is bringing a multi-party action on behalf of 20 claimants, which includes Arsenal FC, Aston Villa FC, Leicester City FC, Liverpool FC, Tottenham […]

Slug & Lettuce

In court this week: Airlines, SIM cards and Greggs

Kicking off this week’s list is an intellectual property wrangle over inflight entertainment systems. The Chancery Division is set to hear a copyright lawsuit brought by royalty collection group Performing Right Society (PRS) against Qatar Airways. The dispute sees Qatar’s national airline accused of infringing PRS’ Worldwide Performing Rights via its inflight entertainment systems, which […]

Settlement reached ahead of Ingenious’s mammoth 20-week trial

The long-running Ingenious film finance litigation brought by over 500 claimants has settled, The Lawyer has learned, ahead of a 20-week trial that was scheduled to begin today. The confidential settlement concludes a tax wrangle arising out of film finance partnership schemes established by the Ingenious Group in the mid-2000s. Such schemes were understood to have been […]

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In court this week: Film tax, UK lottery and phones

Starting this week is the long-awaited trial in the mammoth Ingenious litigation, a tax wrangle arising out of film finance partnership schemes. Ingenious Group set up the schemes in the mid-2000s. They were presented to high-net-worth investors, including footballers, actors and celebrities, as legitimate tax-efficient opportunities approved by HMRC. Under the partnerships, blockbuster movies such […]

Facebook instructs magic circle firm in $150bn Rohingya claim

Facebook has called on a member of the magic circle to defend it against the UK side of a $150bn class action brought in relation to the Rohingya genocide. The Lawyer understands that Linklaters will be challenging the lawsuit, with commercial and financial services litigation partner Harriet Ellis handling the matter. Linklaters is pitted against […]

National Lottery

New parties enter the fray in battle over National Lottery licence

Camelot has been joined by International Game Technology (IGT) in its dispute over the failure to secure the UK National Lottery’s next licence. IGT provides operational software to Camelot, which may be impacted by the latter’s recent loss of the National Lottery licence. IGT is bringing a similar challenge against the Gambling Commission, with Mr […]

National Lottery

Linklaters acts for Camelot in UK National Lottery dispute

Linklaters has launched a claim against the Gambling Commission on behalf of Camelot Group, the operator of the UK National Lottery, over the failure to secure the competition’s next licence. The current UK National Lottery licence, which was allocated to Camelot in 2009 is due to expire in 2024. The Gambling Commission ran a competition […]

BHP Billiton

In court this week: Fundão dam, Citibank and lingerie

Kicking off this week’s list is a Court of Appeal rematch in the long-running Fundão dam dispute. PGMBM will once again battle Slaughter and May to appeal the lower court’s decision to dismiss the “irredeemably unmanageable” claim on jurisdictional grounds. Slaughters was subsequently awarded £8m in costs for its work defending BHP Billiton. Last year, […]

City litigation heavyweights to battle it out in Meta class action

Social media giant Meta, formerly Facebook, has appointed a firm to defend it from an upcoming class action brought by Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, The Lawyer can reveal. Herbert Smith Freehills has seized the mandate to defend Meta in a billion-pound ‘opt-out’ class action at the Competition Appeal Tribunal. It means HSF will go […]

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High Court allows expert evidence in £3.8m broker lawsuit

An amateur trader facing million-pound losses after betting on oil prices during Covid-19 disruption can now rely on expert evidence in his breach of contract lawsuit against Forex Capital Markets (FXCM), the High Court has decided. The procedural clash comes ahead of a December trial that could have industry-wide implications on the safeguards protecting retail […]

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In court this week: Qualcomm and Ocado

Kicking off this week’s selection is a CMC between Ropes & Gray and a former associate who is suing the firm over being unable to do her job due to a “depressive illness caused by her working conditions”. Joanna Torode worked in Ropes & Gray’s litigation and enforcement practice group after moving to the US […]

Phones 4 U

In court this week: Phones4U and trucks

On Wednesday at the Chancery Division, there will be a pre-trial review held for the lawsuit between Phones4U and several high-profile network operators. The estate for former retailer Phones4U is challenging O2, Telefonica, Vodafone, EE, and former EE shareholders Orange and Deutsche Telekom over an alleged anti-competitive breach of contract. Phones4U argues in a near […]

Osborne Clarke defends in NFT auction dispute

Osborne Clarke has received instructions to challenge a lawsuit brought by an art collector over a refusal to pay $650,000 for a non-fungible token (NFT), in one of the first UK cases centred around the digital asset. Osborne Clarke commercial disputes partner Charlie Wedin will defend online marketplace Nifty Gateway against allegations relating to a […]