How to deal with online conspirators: a sticky problem
 | Schillings

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Ever wondered why that obviously fake, self-righteous review of your company’s service, sits stubbornly underneath your carefully manicured LinkedIn page? Or why that obscure blog attacking your CEO sits firmly on page one of your company’s Google search? Welcome to the murky world of online reputation warfare. Since the dawn of the online search engine, …

The law of conspiracy: dirty tricks, corporate rivals and brand attacks | Schillings

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While we’re all accustomed to accusations of ‘smear campaigns’ and underhand tactics being bandied about in the political arena, we are seeing more examples of both companies and private individuals becoming the victims of such campaigns. They are often well-organised, well-funded, multi-jurisdictional in reach and with the express aim of causing maximum damage to the …

Factors to be taken into account when considering an application for an expedited trial | Macfarlanes

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In comparison with some other countries, the English court system operates relatively quickly. However, litigation in this jurisdiction still takes time. As a very rough guideline, and depending on the division where proceedings are issued, a commercial dispute of any complexity is likely to take 12-18 months to reach trial (from the date when proceedings …

Domain name complaints | Rouse

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Ever since the 1980s, when the Domain name system was introduced, opportunistic entrepreneurs have conducted a profitable trade in domain names – a domain name being the alpha-numeric string that follows the ‘@’ in an email address and the ‘www’ in a web address. This article provides an update on domain name complaints and valuable …

Consumer Rights Directive: the online shopper strikes back? | Kemp Little

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Following protracted considerations by various parts of the EU legislature, the EU Council of Ministers adopted a new Consumer Rights Directive on 10 October 2011. As can be seen below, the terms 
of this new Consumer Rights Directive 
will have a direct effect on the online operations of traders based in the UK 
and across …

FDI in MSM enterprises: sound documentation equals sound protection | Amarchand Mangaldas

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The Indian economy, though not as well developed as many of its western counterparts, has always been typified by its entrepreneurial nature. For a foreign investor familiar with the Indian commercial landscape, the Indian promoter is a very recognisable figure. While some of the world’s richest promoters are Indian, India also has a very robust …

UK immigration: end of year round-up | Magrath Sheldrick LLP

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Restricted certificates of sponsorship: the system of applying for restricted certificates of sponsorship was introduced on 6 April 2011. Restricted certificates are required by overseas nationals who will be employed on a salary of less than £150,000 per annum and who are currently living overseas.


Assessing recovery of loss in tort claims during an economic downturn | Eversheds Sutherland

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In this article, we review case law from South Australia Asset Management Company Ltd v York Montague Ltd [1997] to Rubenstein v HSBC Bank Plc [2011] to examine the current approach to assessing loss in economically volatile times. Assessing recoverable loss in tort claims is sometimes a knotty problem. Breach of a duty of care can …