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Louboutin sees red – in a good way

By Gary Assim The European Court of Justice (ECJ) gave its judgment on the question of whether the Louboutin trademark for its red sole could be invalidated because it consisted exclusively of the shape of the sole and was not a colour mark. The ECJ, in a rare move, ruled against the previous Opinion of […]

Interrogatories – questions and answers time

Both legal practitioners and the general public alike are very much aware that litigation can be a time consuming and costly exercise, particularly in light of the lengthy delays for the hearing of trials and the subsequent length of time many trials run for. One particular tool favoured by the courts as a way to […]

No novation is not ideal

In M Hart Construction Ltd & Anor v Ideal Response Group Ltd [2018] the court refused to enforce two adjudicators’ decisions on the basis that there was no contract between the parties. There had not been an effective novation from an original contracting party.  The adjudicators therefore did not have jurisdiction to determine the disputes. Another […]

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The partners of top 10 German firm Beiten Burkhardt Mittl & Wegener have voted in favour of a strategy to merge with law firms in France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Spain before linking with a leading US or UK law firm. The firm already has a shortlist of potential mates and intends to narrow […]

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Julie Holgate of Staines, Middlesex, has issued a High Court writ accusing doctors DM Bridger, M Salahuddin, Lillian Johnston and Swinglehurst, all of Staines, of negligence between 1983 and March 1995. Writ does not specify the incident giving rise to the claim. Writ issued by Owen White and Catlin, Middlesex. Two women are set for […]

“Wait and see' approach to fixed costs welcomed

THE Legal Action Group (LAG) and the Law Society has welcomed government proposals to delay the introduction of fixed costs – a key element of Lord Woolf’s reforms – until after the reforms “bed down”. The Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD) last week released a consultation paper, Justice at the Right Price, on civil court costs […]

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