Do no harm: ECJ finds in favour of meta-search engines in ‘database right’ dispute
The European Court of Justice has made it potentially harder for EU database-makers to protect the contents of their databases from being extracted or re-used by meta-search engines and online content aggregators.
Mapping company that scraped 3.5 million addresses loses ‘big data’ dispute
The High Court has found that a private mapping company breached several licences and infringed the database rights of the Ordnance Survey Limited. The case has important guidance for ‘big data’ processors and discusses the interpretation of website terms.
Nobody seems to know what should happen to imaged digital data in civil litigation. Until now.
The High Court has provided much-needed guidance on dealing with the aftermath of Search and Seizure Orders made under the Civil Procedure Rules and how to manage the inspection of imaged digital data in a way that respects privacy, privilege and protects the rights of claimants.
Appeal highlights record-breaking Gauguin deal gone sour
The art dealers at the centre of a record-breaking private sale of a Gauguin painting for $210 million have won an appeal which confirms their entitlement to a $10 million commission fee, all based on a ‘handshake’ agreement.
Plumber wins gig economy legal battle as Supreme Court wades in
After 7 years of litigation, a plumber has won a legal battle over his employment status and has been recognised as a ‘worker’ entitled to a raft of basic employment rights. This Supreme Court case is the latest in a line of gig economy cases against large employers and holds significance for many in UK workplaces.
Unfinished business: the Qatari commercial dispute that landed a Cayman Islands Judge in conflict
This international commercial dispute gave rise to allegations of ‘unconscious bias’ on the part of a Judge of the Cayman Islands Grand Court. The resulting decision highlights that the perception of judicial independence is crucial.
Like pizza? Good. Registered a trademark? Check it’s still valid after this major intellectual property case
This pathbreaking Court of Appeal case has shaken the stability of the system of registered trademarks used across the UK. Businesses are advised to check on the status of their trademarks to avoid nasty surprises, writes Shyam Thakerar, trainee at 36 Civil.