Ministry of Justice will implement a blueprint for fixed recoverable costs

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has confirmed that it will implement a blueprint for fixed recoverable costs (FRC) across the fast-track and in most money cases worth up to £100,000 in a bid to reduce the cost of litigation and create more certainty about what losing parties must pay. It does not specify a date…

Johnny Depp handed small victory in US Court as part of his defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard

Johnny Depp handed small victory in US Court as part of his defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard

Johnny Depp was recently handed a small victory in a US Court as part of his $50m defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard. Heard had petitioned to have the suit dismissed after the High Court in London ruled in favour of The Sun, in a libel trial with Depp over The Sun’s description of Depp…

Andrew Lloyd Webber launches legal action to force government to publish Covid pilot events results

Andrew Lloyd Webber launches legal action to force government to publish Covid pilot events results

Andrew Lloyd Webber is taking legal action against the U.K. government in a bid to force them to reveal the results of their live event pilot scheme. During the pandemic, the Events and Research Programme (ERP) had been allowing audiences to attend events such as the FA Cup Final and the BRIT Awards to gauge…

Competition and Markets Authority launches action against British Airways and Ryanair

Competition and Markets Authority launches action against British Airways and Ryanair

The Competition and Markets Authority (the CMA) have stated that Ryanair and British Airways could have breached consumer law by refusing to refund customers at the height of the pandemic. Instead, they offered an option to rebook or vouchers. It said that it had opened enforcement cases into both airlines and had written to them detailing…

Lidl loses trademark battle over lookalike gin. Intellectual Property Solicitors in Manchester

Lidl loses trademark battle over Hendrick’s gin lookalike

Lidl has been forced to temporarily stop selling a version of one of its own brand gins after being sued by the makers of Hendrick’s gin who claim a trademark has been infringed. Hendrick’s gin bottles bear a diamond-shaped label in a trademark. Lidl is defending the case and claims there are “clear and obvious…

Joe Calzaghe boxing champion in legal dispute with his sister. Civil Litigation solicitors in Manchester, Oldham and Todmorden

Ex-boxing champion Joe Calzaghe reaches agreement in legal dispute with sister

Ex-boxing champion Joe Calzaghe has reached an agreement in legal dispute with sister Sonia Prosser who had sued him and their other sister Melissa Calzaghe, in a dispute relating to administration of their late father Enzo’s estate. Judge Jarman sitting at Cardiff County Court had been due to oversee an online hearing but lawyers representing all sides…

Astra Zeneca legal case over vaccine. Litigation solicitors in Manchester, Oldham and Todmorden

EU prepares legal case against AstraZeneca over vaccine shortfalls

The European Union’s executive branch has commenced legal action against AstraZeneca for breaching the terms of its contract with the EU. It holds AstraZeneca responsible for partly delaying their vaccine rollout. AstraZeneca’s contract with the EU, signed last August, foresaw an initial 300 million doses for distribution among member countries, with an option for a…

Two hospitality bosses launch legal challenge to try to force the UK government to bring forward the reopening date for pubs and restaurants indoors

Two hospitality bosses launch legal challenge to try to force the UK government to bring forward the reopening date for pubs and restaurants indoors

The High Court is considering evidence in a case brought by Sacha Lord, the night-time economy adviser for Greater Manchester and a co-founder of Parklife festival, and Hugh Osmond, the founder of Punch Taverns and a former boss at Pizza Express to  try to force the UK government to bring forward the reopening date for…