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High Court Ensures Equality of Arms in Big Money Family Case

It is not unusual for there to be very substantial differences in the financial resources available to opposing sides in litigation. However, one family case involving a hugely rich father and the mother of his child, who had no money of her own, showed that the courts will bend over backwards to ensure equality of arms. The father had capital resources measured...

Ralph Lauren Moves to Protect ‘POLO’ Trade Marks

International brands are big business and few are more valuable than the polo player logo which appears on the ubiquitous range of Ralph Lauren clothes. In one case, the fashion house came down hard on a businesswoman who tried to register a trade mark in respect of a device which included the word ‘POLO’. The woman, a polo club member, was engaged in...

High Court Steps In to Protect Google from ‘Obsessed’ Litigant

Everyone is entitled to access to justice and to issue court proceedings – but that has to be balanced against the rights of those on the receiving end of groundless claims not to be subjected to constant litigation. In one case, the High Court took firm steps to bring to an end a woman’s legal campaign against Internet giant Google. The woman had launched a...

Fire Damaged $12 Million Ship a Total Loss

Insurance disputes in respect of whether a vehicle is or is not a write-off following an accident are sadly familiar to thousands of motorists. However, one High Court case involving a catastrophic fire on board a ship with an insured value of $12 million showed that such disagreements are not confined to dry land. The vessel was fully laden and sailing in the...

Supreme Court Blocks Legal Aid Residence Test

In an important decision which set parameters on the exercise of executive power by government ministers, the Supreme Court blocked the Lord Chancellor’s plans to use subordinate legislation to introduce a residence test for the receipt of legal aid. The Lord Chancellor proposed restricting legal aid to those who had been lawfully resident in the UK, or Crown...

Internet Pirate Who Cost Film Industry £12 Million Jailed

Many people believe that everything on the Internet should be free. However, one case in which a businessman received a four-year jail term for wholesale breaches of film industry copyrights showed how very wrong that assumption is. The man made £280,000 in advertising revenue from operating a series of websites which enabled Internet users to download pirated...