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How Taking Early Advice Can Help Resolve Family Disputes
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, January 2022

When disputes arise between family members, there is often much more at stake than money. Common grounds for family disputes We regularly deal with disputes between family members in relation to Wills, Powers of Attorney, and the administration of the estates of deceased individuals. Often these include challenges to the validity and terms of a Will, either because it is alleged that the signature has been forged or that undue pressure was placed on a person to change the terms of a Will...

Family Mediation Week: What is family mediation?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2022

This year, Family Mediation Week takes place between 17-21 January 2022. It exists to raise awareness of the benefits of family mediation and how the process can help separating families resolve their issues productively and collaboratively. The campaign is organised by the Family Mediation Council and is supported by Resolution...

Right to manage estates curtailed
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2022

The Supreme Court has held that leaseholders exercising their rights to manage a building do not acquire the right to manage the surrounding estate, overturning a prior Court of Appeal decision...

Latest Federal Court Cases, 1/18/22
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, January 2022

Evolusion Concepts, Inc. v. HOC Events Inc., Appeal No. 2021-1963 (Fed. Cir. Jan. 14, 2022) In its only precedential patent case this week, the Federal Circuit disposed of an appeal, holding that the district court’s claim construction was wrong.  In the appeal from the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the Federal Circuit addressed the meaning of the term “magazine catch bar” in the asserted claims...

Scope of endeavours and good faith obligations
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2022

In the recent case of Brooke Homes (Bicester) Ltd v Portfolio Property Partners Ltd the High Court has commented on what is meant by ‘all reasonable endeavours’, ‘good faith’ and ‘mutual benefit’, but do the comments really help? Agreements often include ‘endeavours’ clauses in an attempt to define the scope of a party’s obligations...

The Constitutional Court does not apply the second paragraph of Article 5 of the New Code of Constitutional Procedure because it generates defenselessness to the judges of the Judiciary
Rodrigo, Elias & Medrano Abogados, January 2022

As it is known, the second paragraph of Article 5 of the New Constitutional Procedure Code (Law 31307) provides that "In constitutional proceedings against judicial decisions, judges or magistrates of the Judiciary are not notified or summoned with the lawsuit". In this regard, the Constitutional Court (TC) in the order issued in Case No...

The treatment of ongoing criminal cases for bounced cheques in the Emirate of Dubai
Afridi & Angell, January 2022

It is now common knowledge that after January 2, 2022, issuing a cheque that is dishonoured for the lack of funds is no longer going to be a criminal offence in the UAE (for a primer on the changes made to the law, clickHere). But what of ongoing complaints and criminal cases regarding cheques that were dishonoured prior to January 2? Circular No. (9) of 2021, issued by the Dubai Public Prosecution Department on 19 December 2021, helpfully clarifies how such cases are to be handled...

Interpreting five key recommendations of the Independent Fan-Led Review of Football Governance
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, January 2022

  In May 2021, the UK Government commissioned an independent, fan-led review of football governance in England following three “crisis events”. The report has thus far received a varied reception. Some have welcomed its recommendations, and believe that they will bring about much needed reform of the current model of football governance...

Farmers caught out by GAEC requirements
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, January 2022

 I have recently been advising a farmer in relation to an appeal against a department penalty imposed for an alleged breach of GAEC (Good Agricultural Environmental Conditions). These are the conditions farmers claiming agricultural support payments must comply with, and which are designed to safeguard soils, habitats and landscape features on agricultural land. A breach of GAEC can lead to financial penalties being imposed on the farmer...

Breaking a contractual hierarchy of dispute resolution processes
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, January 2022

The Court of Session has considered whether court proceedings can be raised to interrupt time bar, despite a contractual provision requiring adjudication before litigation.   The issue Construction contracts often provide a hierarchy of dispute resolution processes. Before a party is permitted to litigate (or arbitrate), it is often required to attempt to resolve the dispute through another method (or methods) of dispute resolution...

The uneasy relationship between adjudication and insolvency
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, January 2022

The recent case of John Doyle Construction (JDC) v Erith Contractors Limited provides two lessons for the construction sector concerning the enforcement of adjudicators’ decisions by companies in liquidation. First, “clear, evidenced, and unequivocal security” is necessary before enforcement is possible. Second, where a solvent and paying party asserts set-off and counter-claims, enforcement is prohibited in most circumstances...

How long do you have to make a claim in a contentious executry matter?
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, January 2022

Certain claims in contentious executry matters, such as challenging a will, must be made within a specific time period. Where a dispute arises, seeking legal advice about the relevant time period at the earliest opportunity is of fundamental importance.  In Scots law, the loss of a claim due to the passage of time is known as prescription and is presently governed by the Prescription and Limitation (Scotland) Act 1973...

Never ignore the litigation risk – Part 1
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2022

The unquantifiable part of subjecting a dispute to the arbitration of a court is the litigation risk. We explore what those risks are and why it is essential that they should never be ignored. The cornerstones of any case should be clear, solid and documented evidence, a series of strong witnesses and in the ideal world and a juicy piece of case law (precedent) that ties it all together and gives the judge/panel a map to direct them to their decision...

Never ignore the litigation risk – Part 2
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2022

In the second part of this article, we look at the problems that can arise through the interpretation of evidence by the tribunal and look at ways to mitigate litigation risk by ensuring that the story of the case is presented as clearly as possible...

The legal status of female same-sex couples using donor conception
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2022

A question that is often asked about the parental status of female same-sex parents is: do they both have the same legal rights in relation to their child? The law changed on 6 April 2009 by virtue of sections 42 and 43 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008, so that both the birth mother and her partner (referred to here for ease as the ‘non-birth mother’) can be recognised as legal parents for conceptions that took place after that date...

Shearn Delamore & Co. Newsletter December 2021
Shearn Delamore & Co., January 2022

Employment Law An examination of the case ofTelekom Research andDevelopment Sdn Bhd v Ahmad Farid Bin Abdul Rahman by the Court of Appeal Introduction The Industrial Court had ruled that the company, Telekom Research and Development Sdn Bhd (“Telekom”), had proven the misconduct against a former employee, the claimant Ahmad Farid Bin Abdul Rahman (“Ahmad”), and that the dismissal was justified...

Latest Federal Court Cases, 1/10/22
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, January 2022

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation v. Accord Healthcare, Inc., Appeal No. 2021-1070 (Fed. Cir. Jan. 3, 2022) In this week’s Case of the Week, the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court’s bench trial finding that claims of a pharmaceutical patent were supported by adequate written description under 35 U.S.C. § 112(a)...

Oregon Supreme Court Holds Hydroelectric Water Rights Automatically Convert to Permanent Instream Water Rights after Five Years of Nonuse for Hydroelectric Purposes
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, January 2022

The Oregon Supreme Court recently reversed a decision of the Oregon Court of Appeals and determined that the lease of a vested hydroelectric water right to the state for instream uses did not qualify as the “use of water under a hydroelectric water right” under Oregon Revised Statute 543A.305(3). WaterWatch v. Oregon Water Resources Department, 369 Or. 71 (2021) (hereafter referred to as Warm Springs Hydro, after intervenor respondent Warm Springs Hydro LLC)...

Oregon Supreme Court Holds Hydroelectric Water Rights Case
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, January 2022

The Oregon Supreme Court recently reversed a decision of the Oregon Court of Appeals and determined that the lease of a vested hydroelectric water right to the state for instream uses did not qualify as the “use of water under a hydroelectric water right” under Oregon Revised Statute 543A.305(3). WaterWatch v. Oregon Water Resources Department, 369 Or. 71 (2021) (hereafter referred to as Warm Springs Hydro, after intervenor respondent Warm Springs Hydro LLC)...

A Tale Of Two Cases: Lessons In No-Poach Litigation, Law360
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, January 2022

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No Fault Divorce is Coming
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2022

No fault divorce is due to come into effect in England and Wales on 6 April 2022. From this date couples will be able to get divorced without one person needing to blame the other. This change will also apply to civil partnership dissolution. The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 will be the biggest reform of divorce law in fifty years and means that you’ll no longer have to make allegations about your partner’s conduct to obtain a divorce...

Latest Federal Court Cases, 1/3/22
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, January 2022

Intel Corp. v. Qualcomm Inc., Appeal Nos. 2020-1828, -1867 (Fed. Cir. Dec. 28, 2021) The Federal Circuit issued two precedential decisions this week—both arising from IPRs filed by Intel against patents owned by Qualcomm. In our Case of the Week, we focus on the first of those cases. In our Also This Week section below, we cover the second case...

Year in Review 2021: Litigation and Arbitration
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, January 2022

First of all, we are proud of Jan Magne Langseth and Christian Reusch who assisted Bank Norwegian in a principle matter before the Supreme Court of Norway between Ikano Bank et al versus Bank Norwegian. The case concerned the use of competitor’s brands in key word advertising on Google...

As good as new? Rule 407 and subsequent policy modifications, Westlaw Today
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, December 2021

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OIG Report Highlights Focus on Fraud with Genetic Tests
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2021

On Dec. 21, 2021, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a Health & Human Services (HHS) OIG Data Brief on genetic tests provided under Medicare Part B. The goal of the OIG in reviewing this data was “to analyze nationwide trends in genetic tests provided and payments made under Medicare Part B.”[1] As a result of this analysis, the OIG determined that there is a significant risk of overuse and misuse of genetic testing...

 

 

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