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Agile Implementations and Legacy Systems – A Pyrrhic Victory for the Co-Op?
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

The recent CIS v IBM decision touches on two topical issues in IT disputes: maintenance and replacement of legacy systems, and  use of agile implementation methodologies.  It is also a useful reminder of some important basics regarding the management of troubled IT projects. The case and the issues The claimant (Co-op) was the insurance business of the Co-op group...

A One-Way Street: A Petition Arguing Obvious Did Not Give Notice of Anticipation
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, February 2021

In M&K Holdings, Inc., v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., 2020-1160 (Fed. Cir. Feb. 1, 2021), the Federal Circuit found that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board) violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) by finding a patent claim unpatentable using a “markedly” different theory from the one the patent challenger presented. In this case, the patent challenger (i.e...

Justices Should Weigh In On FCA Objective Falsity Standard
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, February 2021

In its conference on Feb. 19, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to consider two pending petitions for certiorari that could resolve a critical but deeply disputed issue that impacts both the False Claims Act and health care law. The cert petitions in those cases — U.S. v. Care Alternatives,[1] and Winter v...

In Default? New Chanes to Consumer Credit Rules
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

Several key changes to existing legislation have been made due to the Consumer Credit (Enforcement, Default and Termination Notices) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 coming into effect. We run through what you need to know. The amendments, which came into force on 2 December 2020, have been welcomed by debtors and mental health campaigners, who have argued for years that changes were required to the form and content of default notices...

Kids Company Director Disqualification Proceedings – Some Initial Thoughts
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

Many people will be aware of the collapse of Kids Company from press coverage in the last five years or so but may be surprised by the outcome of the court proceedings involving the individuals who ran it. What has just been decided? Kids Company was a well-known charity which provided support to vulnerable children and young people...

In Default? New Changes to Consumer Credit Rules
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

Several key changes to existing legislation have been made due to the Consumer Credit (Enforcement, Default and Termination Notices) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 coming into effect. We run through what you need to know. The amendments, which came into force on 2 December 2020, have been welcomed by debtors and mental health campaigners, who have argued for years that changes were required to the form and content of default notices...

Shearn Delamore Legal Update February 2021
Shearn Delamore & Co., February 2021

DISPUTE RESOLUTION Wide order of injunction sought against online marketplace operator refused in the High Court E-commerce has become an indispensable part of the country’s economy particularly with the Covid-19 pandemic. With its growing demand come legal challenges which are novel to Malaysia. Recently, our Dispute Resolution Partners K...

Warning to Employers to Keep Equal Opportunities Training Updated
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

A summary of the decision in Allay (UK) Limited v S Gehlen and a reminder to employers to keep equal opportunities training up to date to be able to rely on the all reasonable steps defence under s 109 (4) of the Equality Act 2010. It is common for employers to provide employees with equal opportunities training, to underpin workplace culture as well as to prevent discrimination from taking place. A recent case, however, provides a salutary reminder to keep such training up to date...

Litigation Forecast 2021
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, February 2021

It wasn’t that long ago that a surge of commercial litigation flowing from COVID-19 was anticipated. Contractual disputes relating to the performance or termination of contracts were expected to be litigated and there was a real risk for directors who failed to consider and respond to the risks arising from COVID-19.   But the surge in Covid-related litigation never (or has not yet) arrived...

“I’m Here Live, I’m Not a Cat”
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

Many of us chuckled at the viral video of a Texan lawyer who appeared at a remote court hearing as a cat. This unfortunate filter mishap does, however, act as a warning to all lawyers to check their settings before attending remote hearings as it looks like they are here to stay. Over the last 12 months, the use of virtual court hearings has sky-rocketed (perhaps unsurprisingly) in the wake of the COVID pandemic...

Direct Action Claims in Norway – Norwegian Courts Maintain Legal Venue for Claims against Owners that are Joined in Legal Action against Norwegian P&I Clubs
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, February 2021

The ongoing court action, often referred to as the «Stolt Commitment Case», was commenced in the aftermath of a collision between MV «Thorco Cloud» and MV «Stolt Commitment» outside Singapore in 2015. MV «Stolt Commitment» was owned by a Dutch company, and was flying Cayman Island flag...

Option Agreements – Say what you Mean and Keep Litigation at Bay
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

In Fishbourne Developments Limited v Stephens, the Court of Appeal emphasised the importance of applying commercial common sense and considering the relevant factual background to a case when interpreting contracts. Fishbourne, a developer, had the benefit of an option to acquire a 117 acre farm in West Sussex...

Government's Failure to Grant REA Can Constitute Breach of Contract
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, February 2021

&The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in BGT Holdings LLC v. United States, 1 recently held that the government does not have the discretion to deny a contractor's request for equitable adjustment (REA) under Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 52.245-1 (Government Property) where the conditions specified in that clause are present and the contractor is able to show financial loss...

England’s Court of Appeal Restates Principles Applicable to “Subject to Contract” Negotiations
Deacons, February 2021

In Joanne Properties Ltd v Moneything Capital Ltd and Anor [2020] EWCA Civ 1541, England’s Court of Appeal had to decide whether the parties had entered into a binding contract of compromise contained in written communications passing between their respective solicitors. The Court below had held that a binding contract had been made, despite the fact that the correspondence in question had been marked “subject to contract”...

Outcome Related Fee Structures for Arbitration
Deacons, February 2021

Currently, Hong Kong lawyers are prohibited from charging outcome related fees in arbitration, other than pursuant to third party funding arrangements (for more information about third party funding, please see the article in our September 2017 newsletter)...

UK Supreme Court Rules on Insurance Policy Wording for Business Interruption Losses due to COVID-19
Deacons, February 2021

A recent UK Supreme Court Judgment, the Financial Conduct Authority v Arch Insurance (UK Ltd) & Ors [2021] UKSC 1, clarified whether a variety of insurance policy wordings cover business interruption losses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and public health measures taken by UK authorities in response to the pandemic from March 2020...

UK Supreme Court Rules on Arbitrator Impartiality and Duty to Make Disclosure
Deacons, February 2021

The recent judgment from the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom on Halliburton Company v Chubb Bermuda Insurance Ltd [2020] UKSC 48, raised important questions about the requirement that there can not only be no actual bias, but also no apparent bias on the part of arbitrators in favour of or against any party in arbitration and also about the obligation of arbitrators in international arbitrations to make disclosure of multiple appointments concerning the same or overlapping subje

Coronavirus: Employment Support Measures
PLMJ, February 2021

Following the renewal of the state of emergency, Decree 3-A/2021 of14January of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, determines the closure of various types of establishments. Inthiscontext, the employment support measures were amended by Decree-Law 6-C/2021 of 15 January and Decree-Law 6-E/2021 of15January, which we summarised below. 1...

The Doctrine of File Wrapper Estoppel in Canada: The Court of Appeal Hands Down its Decision
Lavery Lawyers, February 2021

In December 2018, section 53.1 was added to the Patent Act (the? Act?) Allowing reference to be made to communications exchanged with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office ("CIPO") During the prosecution of an application with respect? [... ] to the construction of a claim.? This concept is more commonly known as? File wrapper estoppel...

Territorial Limitation of Data Protection Law and the “Right to be Forgotten” in Hong Kong - A Landmark Decision by the Administrative Appeals Board
Deacons, February 2021

The “right to be forgotten” (“RTBF”) has been central to the global debate over the balance between individual privacy and freedom of information and of the media in recent years. Such right has been affirmed by the European Court of Justice in a milestone case in 2014, as well as later in the UK, although its application in other countries remains uncertain...

Out of the Mouths of Babes...
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

As we continue through Lockdown 3, we are seeing how children can be caught in the middle of family disputes involving separated parents trying to navigate living arrangements between different family bubbles. With that in mind, it appears to be more important than ever within the context of private law children proceedings for the courts and authorities to be alert to the views of the children when determining what should happen...

The First ‘MeToo’ Case before the Supreme Court
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, February 2021

1. Background to the case The case concerned a young, female employee in a mechanical workshop, who felt she had been sexually harassed by two of the enterprise’s customers. Customer No 1 had on one occasion, while the female employee was sitting on the floor in a forward-leaning position, performing work, put his hands on her lower back, under her top...

Pocky Ruling Denies Trade Dress Protection for the Useful, Though Not Essential, Shape of Cookie
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, February 2021

In a decision that could be a game-changer for cookie and candy manufacturers, the Third Circuit has recently denied trade dress protection for the shape of the popular Pocky cookie. The Pocky is a long, thin Japanese cookie stick that is almost completely dipped in chocolate, except for the very bottom. Ezaki Glico created the Pocky in 1966 and obtained two trade dress registrations to protect the configuration of the cookie...

Government Enforcement Update: False Claims Act 2020 Year in Review
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, February 2021

Bradley’s Government Enforcement and Investigations Practice Group is pleased to present the False Claims Act: 2020 Year in Review, our annual review of significant False Claims Act (FCA) cases, developments and trends. Despite the pandemic and the smallest recoveries for the Department of Justice in over a decade, FCA enforcement remains robust. As always, the healthcare industry remains the most frequent subject of FCA cases and investigation...

Knowing Your Options – The Michigan Court of Appeals Enforces Option to Purchase Without Fixed Price Clause
Dykema, February 2021

Leases often include language that gives a tenant the option to purchase the leased property during or at the end of the lease term. The Michigan Supreme Court has held that these options to purchase, or “options” as they are commonly referred, are “simply a contract by which the owner of the property agrees with another that he shall have a right to buy the property at a fixed price within a specified time...

 

 

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