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Recent Attorney-Client Privilege Cases Show The Risks Of Insurance Counsel Authoring Denial Letters
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, February 2021

Claims of bad faith present unique challenges for insurers (and their counsel) with respect to attorney-client privilege: if the insurer’s state of mind is at issue, is the legal advice on which the insurer relied also at issue, thereby waiving the privilege? And if so, under what circumstances? The following addresses this issue in the context of a common practice for insurance counsel—authoring denial letters—and two recent holdings that should serve as warnings in th

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...

Overcoming TM Maintenance Filing Hurdles Amid Pandemic
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, February 2021

As we near the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, trademark maintenance deadlines in 2021 create new obstacles for registrants. To maintain a federal trademark registration, registrants must periodically file an affidavit of use under Section 8, swearing that the mark is in use in commerce or that the registrant has an acceptable excuse for nonuse. Recent office actions show that the U.S...

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...

Occupational Doctors' Enhanced Role in Combating COVID-19: Contact Tracing, Quarantine Certificates and Testing
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, February 2021

Introduction On 21 January 2021 a new royal decree was published in the Official Gazette which has temporarily extended occupational doctors' role in combating the COVID-19 pandemic in the workplace...

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...

“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...

Coronavirus: Restrictions on Exports of Vaccines Against COVID 19
PLMJ, February 2021

Following the differences that came to light with AstraZeneca at the end of last week, the European Commission approved Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/111 of 29 January 2021, which came into force on Saturday, 30 January. The Regulation prohibits the unauthorised exportation of vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 outside the European Union...

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...

Coronavirus: Restrictions on Exports of Vaccines against COVID-19
PLMJ, February 2021

Brief notes on Commission Regulation 2021/111 of 29 January 2021 Following the differences that came to light with AstraZeneca at the end of last week, the European Commission approved Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/111 of 29 January 2021, which came into force on Saturday, 30 January. The Regulation prohibits the unauthorised exportation of vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 outside the European Union...

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...

 

 

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