News & Events 2013

 

Legal Update: Data Protection - Monetary Penalty - Pay Day Loans - Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulation - Unlawful Spam Texts - December 2013

 

Yesterday the Information Commissioner’s Office imposed a monetary penalty of £175,000 on the pay day loans company, First Financial, for breaching the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulation by sending out millions of unlawful spam texts.

 

See the full legal update in relation to the unlawful direct marketing activities of this pay day loan company.


 

Legal Update: Product Regulation - Smoke Flavouring - European Food Safety Authority - December 2013

 

Commission Regulation EC No 1321/2013 will come into effect on 1 January and establishes a list of authorised smoke flavouring primary products. Food manufacturers have until 1 January 2015 to comply with the new regulations.

 

See the full legal update in relation to the new smoke flavouring regulations


 

Legal Update: Regulatory Law - Pharmaceuticals - Johnson & Johnson - Novartis - Sandoz - Fines for Anticompetitive Behaviour - European Commission - December 2013

 

The European Commission recently imposed a fine of €16 million on Johnson & Johnson (“JJ”) and Novartis for delaying the market entry of a generic painkiller, fentanyl.

 

See the full legal update in relation to the fines imposed for delaying the launch of the generic drugs.


 

Legal Update: Intellectual Property - Media and Entertainment - Copyright Term - Directive 2011/77/EU - Copyright and Duration of Rights in Performances Regulations 2013 - Sound Recordings - Performers' Rights - December 2013

 

The EU Directive 2011/77/EU recently came into effect in the UK via the Copyright and Duration of Rights in Performances Regulations 2013. As a result of this, the term of protection for sound recordings and performers’ rights in most cases has been extended from 50 to 70 years.

 

See the full legal update in relation to copyright duration for sound recordings and performers' rights.


 

Legal Update: Intellectual Property - Trade Mark - Revocation of a Trademark - Non-Use - Gucci - November 2013

 

In a recent decision by the UK intellectual Property Office (“UKIPO”), the luxury fashion brand Gucci had its famous GG (interlocking double G logo) trade mark (the “GG trademark”) revoked on the grounds of non-use.

 

See the full legal update in relation to how Gucci's trade mark was revoked for non-use.


 

Legal Update: Commercial Law - Advertising Standards Agency - Trading Standards - Misleading Advertising - Legal Sanctions - November 2013

 

An agreement was recently reached between the Advertising Standards Agency (“ASA”) and Trading Standards that Trading Standards will act as the ASA’s “legal backstop”. 

 

See the full legal update in relation to Trading Standards and misleading advertising.


 

Legal Update: Internet Law - E-Commerce - Domain - Uniform Rapid Suspension System - Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution - Facebook - November 2013

 

Facebook has won the first case to be resolved under the Uniform Rapid Suspension System, which was designed for new generic top-level domains to combat clear cases of cybersquatting quicker than pre-existing systems.

 

See the full legal update in relation to the Uniform Rapid Suspension System


 

Legal Update: Data Protection - Monetary Penalty - North East Lincolnshire Council - Data Protection Act 1998 - Breach - Sensitive Personal Data - November 2013

 

The Information Commissioner’s Office recently imposed a monetary penalty of £80,000 on North East Lincolnshire Council for a serious breach of the Data Protection Act 1998.

 

See the full legal update in relation to this breach of data protection by the council.


 

Legal Update: Regulatory Law - REACH - DCM Paint Stripprs - HSE Consultation CD265 - November 2013

 

The consultation to amend the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (“REACH”) Enforcement Regulations 2008 in relation to dichloromethane (“DCM”)-based paint strippers is now under way.

 

See the full legal update in relation to REACH and DCM-based paint strippers.


 

Article: Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Made Simple: Compliance of Chemical Substances, Mixtures or Articles under REACH - November 2013

 

In this article, Dr Rosanna Cooper explores REACH and how REACH could apply to your company.


 

Legal Update: Data Protection - Monetary Penalty - Ministry of Justice - Data Protection Act 1998 - Breach - Sensitive Personal Data - October 2013

 

The Information Commissioner’s Office recently imposed a monetary penalty of £140,000 on the Ministry of Justice for a serious breach of the Data Protection Act 1998.

 

See the full legal update in relation to this case relating to a breach of the Data Protection Act 1998.


 

Legal Update: Employment Law - Disability - Reasonable Adjustments - Paying for Medical Treatment - October 2013

 

It was recently confirmed in the case of Croft Vets & Others v Butcher (UKEAT/0430/12LA), that an employer’s duty to make reasonable adjustments for an employee with a disability could include, paying for medical treatment.

 

See the full legal update in relation to this case relating to disability and reasonable adjustments.


 

Legal Update: Intellectual Property - Bocacina Ltd v Boca Cafes Ltd and Others - Passing Off - October 2013

 

In the recent case of Bocacina Ltd v Boca Cafes Ltd, Dercio de Souza junior, Malgorzata de Souza [2013] EWHC 3090 (Ch), the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court held that the defendants were liable for passing off because they had been operating a restaurant and bar in Bristol under the name, “Boca Bistro Café”.

 

See the full legal update in relation to this case of passing off and trade mark invalidity.


 

Legal Update: Data Protection - Personal Storage Devices - Lost or Stolen Data - Data Protection Act 1998 - Breach - October 2013

 

The Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) recently stated that is important for organisations’ data protection policies to “reflect how the modern workforce is using personal devices for work”.

 

See the full legal update in relation to the ICO's warning around personal storage devices.


 

Legal Update: Employment Law - National Minimum Wage - October 2013

 

From 1 October 2013, the national minimum wage rose to £6.31 per hour.


 

News: Head of Intellectual Property and Media & Entertainment - Matthew Schrader - October 2013

 

We are pleased to announce that Matthew Schrader is now the head of our intellectual property and media & entertainment department. We would like to welcome Matthew who is no stranger to RT Coopers as he was a trainee solicitor with the firm. There is excitement on both sides as Matthew is such a joy to work with, clients love him and he is a brilliant lawyer.


 

Article: Food Labelling - Presentation and Advertising of Foodstuffs - Nutrition Labelling - Provision of Food Information to Consumers - October 2013

 

In this article, Dr Rosanna Cooper explores the new law (EU Regulation 1169/2011) around food labelling, nutritional labelling and food information.


 

Article: Sustainable Biofuels - Regulation of Biofuels - Renewable Energy - October 2013

 

In this article, we explore the law around Regulation of Biofuels and Renewable Energy.


 

Legal Update: Data Protection - ICO Fine - Small Businesses - Loss or Stolen Data - Data Protection Act 1998 - Breach - September 2013

 

The Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) recently issued a fine of £5,000 to a sole trader for failing to have adequate measures in place to keep customers’ details secure.

 

See the full legal update in relation to the fine issued for a breach of data protection.


 

Legal Update: Regulatory Law - Food Supplements - Pesticides - DNP - September 2013

 

An online purchase of diet pill led to the death of a teenager. It has been reported that the teenager died after taking 2,4-dinitrophenol (“DNP”), which is a chemical normally used in pesticides.

 

See the full legal update in respect of DNP, which has been sold as an online weight loss supplement.


 

Legal Update: Data Protection - ICO Investigation - Private Investigators - Data Protection Act 1998 - Breach - September 2013

 

The Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) has been placed under an obligation to investigate a number of private investigators.

 

See the full legal update for further details around the ICO's investigation of private investigators to consider any breaches of the Data Protection Act.


 

Article: Toys: How to Manufacture, Design and Supply Toys Safely - Compliance and Enforcement of Labelling and Packaging of Toys under the Law - September 2013

 

In this article, we explore the law around the manufacture, design, supply, labelling and packaging of Toys.


 

Legal Update: Regulatory Law - Insecticides - Fipronil - Restrictions - September 2013

 

From 31 December 2013, the proposed restrictions around the use of an insecticide called Fipronil, by the European Commission, are due to apply.

 

See the full legal update for further details around the restrictions on this insecticide.


 

Legal Update: Intellectual Property - Copyright - FA Premier League - Streaming - Copyright Infringement - September 2013

 

In the recent case of Football Association Premier League Ltd v British Sky Broadcasting Ltd and others [2013] EWHC 2058, it was decided that the Football Association Premier League Ltd (“FA”) was entitled to an injunction against the six main UK internet service providers (“ISPs”).

 

See the full legal update for further details around the grant of an injunction for copyright infringement.


 

Legal Update: Regulatory Law - Medicines - Marketing Authorisation Orphacol - September 2013

 

In a recent decision, the General Court of the European Union overruled the European Commission’s decision not to grant Orphacol a marketing authorisation under Article 10a of Directive 2001/83/EC, after the European Commission went against the European Medicines Agency’s recommendation that a marketing authorisation be granted.

 

See the full legal update for more details around this marketing authorisation case in respect of a medicinal product.


 

Legal Update: Food Law - Food Labelling - Use By - Perishable Food - Food Labelling Regulations 1996 - August 2013

 

In the recent case of Torfaen County Borough Council v Douglas Willis Limited [2013] UKSC 59, the Supreme Court held that it was sufficient for the purposes of section 44(1)(d) of the Food Labelling Regulations 1996, for the prosecution to show that a defendant has food in its possession, which has “use by” dates which have already passed.

 

See the full legal update for further details around this food labelling case.


 

Legal Update: Data Protection - ICO Fine - London Council - Data Protection Act 1998 - Breach - August 2013

 

The Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) issued a monetary penalty of £70,000 to Islington Council for accidentally releasing 2,375 residents’ personal details online in response to a freedom of information request.

 

See the full legal update for more information about the council releasing personal information.


 

Legal Update: Intellectual Property – Passing off – Trade Mark Infringement – Survey Evidence - August 2013

 

In the case of Cosmetic Warriors Ltd v Amazon.co.uk Ltd [2013], the court refused permission for survey evidence to be conducted and adduced in a trade mark infringement and passing off claim stating that it was unlikely to be of real value to a trial judge, if the judge were to step into the position of an average consumer.

 

See the full legal update for more information about Cosmetic Warriors Ltd v Amazon.co.uk.


Legal Update: Intellectual property - Copyright Law – Ownership of Copyright – Media and Entertainment - August 2013

 

The amendments to the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 c. 48 in respect of musical and literary works, will take effect from 1 November 2013 in relation to:

  • Authorship and ownership of copyright; and
  • Performers' property rights

See the full legal update for more information about ownership of copyright in musical and literary works.


Legal Update: Intellectual Property - Image Rights - Copyright - Passing Off - Robyn Rihanna Fenty v Arcadia Group Brands Limited - August 2013

 

In the recent case of Rihanna Fenty (“Rihanna”) and others v Arcadia Group Brands Limited (t/a Topshop) and Top Shop/Top Man Limited (“Topshop”), judge Mr Justice Birss found that the sale by Topshop of t-shirts bearing the image of Rihanna without her approval was an act of passing off.

 

See the full legal update for more information about passing off and image rights.


 

Legal Update: Employment Law - Tribunal Fees - Redundancy - Dismissal - July 2013

 

As from 29 July 2013, workers will face tribunal fees of up to £1,200 for bringing employment tribunal claims against employers in the employment tribunal.

 

See our legal update for more information about the introduction of employment tribunal fees.


 

Legal Update: Intellectual Property - Copyright - UK Intellectual Property Office - Copyright Exceptions - July 2013

 

In light of recommendations made in the Hargreaves Review, the UK Intellectual Property Office (“UK IPO”) has been preparing draft legislation that implements various changes to the current copyright legislation.

 

See the full legal update for more information about the new copyright exceptions.


 

Article: Food Supplements (vitamins and minerals): How to ensure your Food Supplements are Compliant under the Law - July 2013

 

In this article, Dr Rosanna Cooper explores the regulation of food supplements in the UK.


 

Legal Update: Intellectual Property - Online Piracy - Trade Mark - Counterfeit Crime - Passing Off - Police Unit - July 2013

 

At the end of June 2013, the UK Government announced the introduction of a new police unit aimed at targeting intellectual property crime.

 

See the full legal update for more details about the launch of the intellectual property crime unit


 

Legal Update: Date Protection - Direct Marketing - Unwanted Calls - Information Commissioner's Office - Cold Calling - Monetary Penalty - July 2013

 

The Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) served Manchester company, Tameside Energy Services Ltd (“Tameside”), with a monetary penalty of £45,000 for unwanted marketing calls to the public.

 

 

See the full legal update, which relates to the penalty issued for unwanted direct marketing calls.


 

Legal Update: Data Protection - Freedom of Information - Personal Data - Information Commissioner's Office - Public Authorities - Revealing too much - Pivot Tables - July 2013

 

The Information Commissioner’s Office has investigated the issue surrounding the disclosure of personal data by public authorities.

 

See the full legal update, which relates to freedom of information requests.


 

Article: Herbal Medicines: Traditional Herbal Registration - July 2013

 

In this article, Dr Rosanna Cooper explores traditional herbal medicines and traditional herbal registrations.


 

Legal Update: Intellectual Property - Commercial Law - Product Liability - Fage UK Ltd v Chobani UK Ltd - Passing Off - Goodwill - Greek Yoghurt - June 2013

 

In the recent passing-off case of Fage UK Ltd v Chobani UK Ltd [2013] EWHC 630, the High Court ruled that Fage UK Ltd (“Fage”) only had to show that a section of the public perceived that the relevant trading name “Greek yoghurt” denoted a distinctive class of product, rather than the public as a whole.

 

See the full legal update about passing off.


 

Legal Update: Employment Law – Commercial – IP Law – Trade Secrets – Confidentiality – Vestergaard Frandsen A/S and others v Bestnet Europe Limited - June 2013

 

In the recent case of Vestergaard Frandsen A/S and others v Bestnet Europe Limited and others [2013] UKSC 31, the UK Supreme Court upheld the Court of Appeal’s earlier decision that a former employee of one the claimant was not liable for misuse of the claimant’s confidential information because she had not had actual or objective knowledge of the confidential information in question, either during her employment or afterwards.

 

See the full legal update about confidential information and trade secrets.


 

Legal Update: Regulatory Law - Medicines - Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency - MHRA - Electronic Cigarettes - Nicotine Containing Products - June 2013

 

The UK Government recently decided that all nicotine-containing products (“NCPs”), which include electronic cigarettes, are to be regulated as medicines by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (“MHRA”). 

 

 

See the full legal update for more about the decision to regulate electronic cigarettes as medicines.


 

Legal Update: Data Protection - ICO Fine - NHS Trust - Data Protection Act 1998 - Breach - June 2013

 

The Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) issued a monetary penalty of £55,000 to North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust for a “serious breach of the Data Protection Act which resulted in sensitive medical details of three patients being sent to a member of public”.


 

 

Legal Update: Intellectual Property - Trade Mark - Passing Off - Lumos Skincare Ltd v Sweet Squared Ltd - June 2013

 

In the recent case of Lumos Skincare Limited v Sweet Squared Limited [2013] EWCA Civ 590, the Court of Appeal held that the evidence in this case justified an inference that a significant number of L’s customers would be likely to have been misled by SSL’s use of the LUMOS mark. In particular, that L’s customers would be misled into thinking that SSL’s nail care products were associated with L.

 

See the full legal update for more about this case of passing off.


 

Legal Update: Data Protection - ICO Fine - NHS Trust - Data Protection Act 1998 - June 2013

 

The Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) recently imposed a monetary penalty of £100,000 on the NHS Commissioning Board on behalf of recently dissolved, NHS Trust in Stockport.


 

 

Legal Update: Intellectual Property - Copyright - Copyright Licensing - Photograph - May 2013

 

The Patents County Court recently handed down its preliminary ruling in the case of Jason Sheldon v Daybrook House Promotions Ltd [2013], on what constitutes a reasonable royalty for copyright infringement.

 

See the full legal update to see what constitutes a reasonable royalty.


 

Summit: Documentary Summit - May 2013

 

 

On 18 May 2013, Tariq Sayfoo of RT Coopers presented at The London Documentary Summit 2013. The title of the session was "Stay on the right side of the law: issues you will face as a doc filmmaker, and how to overcome them". A copy of the presentation slides can be found on our website.


 

Article: Passing Off - May 2013

 

In this article, Dr Rosanna Cooper gives you guidance on how to defend your business against allegations of passing off.


 

Article: Generic Medicines - Data Exclusivity - May 2013

 

Click here for an article by Dr Rosanna Cooper, which explores the legal issues surrounding generic medicines and data exclusivity.


 

Article: Intellectual Property - Community Trade Mark Opposition - Use of Own Name Defence in Trade Mark Infringement - May 2013

 

Click here for an article by Dr Rosanna Cooper, which explores the use of an own name defence in respect of an opposition against a Community Trade Mark application as well as a defence against alleged trade mark infringement.


 

Legal Update: Commercial Law - Competition - Pharmaceutical Companies - Generics - GSK - May 2013

 

On 19 April 2013, the UK Office of Fair Trading (“OFT”) issued a Statement of Objections to a number of pharmaceutical companies alleging that they acted to delay effective competition in the UK supply of paroxetine, a prominent antidepressant medicine.

 

For more, click here.


 

Legal Update: Commercial Law – Unfair Commercial Practice – Office of Fair Trading – Children’s Games – App-based and web-based games - May 2013

 

 

The UK Office of Fair Trading (“OFT”) recently launched an investigation into online and app-based games aimed at children. The OFT will consider whether those games are in line with the Consumer Protection (from Unfair Trading) Regulations 2008 to ensure that any commercial practices are not misleading or aggressive.

 

For more, click here.

 


Legal Update: Data Protection – Freedom of Information – Time Limit – Information Commissioner’s Office – Public Authorities - April 2013

 

The Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) has reacted to concerns over the length of time public authorities are responding to freedom of information requests.

 

For more, click here.

 


 

Legal Update: Intellectual Property – Trade Mark – Opposition – Intellectual Property Office - April 2013

 

The Intellectual Property Office (“IPO”) has launched a public consultation on its plans for a simplified trade mark opposition procedure to run alongside the existing system.

 

For more, click here.

 


Legal Update: Intellectual Property – Trade Mark – Community Trade Mark – Infringement – Passing Off – A&E Television Networks LLC v Discovery Communications Europe Ltd – Regulation 207/2009 - April 2013

 

In the recent case of A&E Television Networks LLC v Discovery Communications Europe Ltd [2013], the High Court dismissed claims for trade mark infringement and passing off regarding the use of the name “Discovery History” in respect of a television channel.

 

For more, click here.

 


Legal Update: Employment Law – Reasonable Adjustments - Disability Discrimination – Equality Act - Employment Appeals Tribunal - April 2013

 

 

In the recent case of Foster v Cardiff University UKEAT/0422/12/LA [2013], the appeal to the Employment Appeals Tribunal by the claimant was dismissed. In particular it was held that there was no requirement on the Employment Tribunal to examine the causes of the appellant's disability, only the effects of such disability.

 

For more, click here.

 


Legal Update: Intellectual Property – Media and Entertainment  Law– Copyright – Performer’s Rights - Remix – Consent - April 2013

 
In the recent case of Henderson v All Around the World Recordings Limited [2013], it was held that a recording company had infringed a performer’s rights by copying the recording of her vocal performance and issuing to the public copies of the recording without her express or implied consent.

 

 For more, click here.

 


Legal Update: Intellectual Property – Trade Mark – Community Trade Mark – Infringement – Stichting BDO v BDO Unibank Inc – Regulation 207/2009 - March 2013

 

In the recent case of Stichting BDO v. BDO Unibank Inc, the High Court held that a Community trade mark for the letters “BDO” owned by Stichting was not infringed. This was down to the fact that, BDO Unibank Inc. was able to rely on its own name defence. 

 

For more, click here.


 

Legal Update: Intellectual Property – Copyright – Peer-to-Peer – File Sharing – British Phonographic Industry – Internet Service Providers – Internet Law - EMI Records Ltd – Injunction - March 2013

 

A number of well-known record companies were recently successful in obtaining injunctions, which required six internet service providers (“ISPs”) to block customers’ access to three peer-to-peer file-sharing websites, namely KAT, H33T and Fenopy. 

 

For more, click here.


Article: Are you ready for the Cosmetics Regulation?

 

Click here for an article by Dr Rosanna Cooper on the new Cosmetics Regulation (Regulation EC 1223/2009).


 

Legal Update: Trade Marks - OHIM - Likelihood of Confusion - Regulation No 207/2009 - March 2013

 

In the recent unreported case between Lidl Stiftung & Co. KG v. The Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (Trade Marks and Designs) [2013] (Case T-237/11), OHIM’s decision to dismiss an appeal against the opposition to a trade mark application in respect of the word mark BELLRAM was upheld.

 

For more, click here.


 

Legal Update: Ban on marketing of cosmetics products tested on animals - March 2013

 

As of 11 March 2013, cosmetics tested on animals can no longer be marketed in the EU. For more, click here


 

Article: Online Advertising - New rules around the use of online behavioural advertising by third parties - March 2013

 

Click here for an article by Dr Rosanna Cooper and Tariq Sayfoo on the new rules introduced to govern the practice of Online Behavioural advertising.


Legal News: Commercial Law – Late Payments – EU Directive – Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) 1998 - March 2013

 

On 16 March 2013, the EU Directive 2011/7/EU on late payment in commercial transactions (the “Directive”) will come into force.

 

The Directive applies to all payments made as remuneration for commercial transactions between: (i) private organisations; and (ii) private organisations and public authorities.

 

For more, click here.


Legal News: Commercial Law – Online Behavioural Advertising – Advertising Standards Authority and Committee of Advertising – ASA - March 2013

 

The Advertising Standards Authority and Committee of Advertising Practice recently introduced new rules around Online Behavioural Advertising ("OBA") by third parties.

 

For more, click here.


 

Legal News: Education Law – Breach of Contract - March 2013

 

In the recent case of Chilab v King's College London [2013], the court of appeal decided that

if a university failed a part time MSc student who had achieved less than the required pass mark in two elements of the student’s assessments, the university was not in breach of its regulations. In accordance with the regulations, the student was required to pass each element of the assessment to be awarded an MSc.

 

For more, click here.


 

Legal News: Data Protection – ICO – EU Data Protection Regulation - Analysis - February 2013

 

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) has published a useful paper analysing the articles of the proposed draft EU Data Protection Regulation. The paper can be found here.


 

Article: Data Protection – Proposed new European Regulation - February 2013

 

Click here for an article by Dr Rosanna Cooper, which provides information about the proposed new legal framework.


 

Legal News: Energy Law - Smart Metering Implementation Programme - Smart Metering for Non-Domestic Customers - February 2013

 

On 21 February 2013, the Government launched its Smart Metering Implementation Programme which it intends to roll to the domestic and smaller non-domestic sectors. The Government hopes that by implementing the Programme for the roll-out of smart meters, this would play a key role in the UK’s transition to a low-carbon economy. The aim is to get as close as possible to achieving the long-term challenges in this area so that the UK has affordable, secure and sustainable energy supplies.

 

For more, click here.


 

Legal News: Data Protection - Cookies – Compliance – Website – Data Protection Act 1998 - February 2013

 

We are approaching the one year anniversary from the end of the UK grace period for cookie compliance. The Information Commissioner’s Office’s (“ICO”) Activity Report, which was published in December 2012, gives us an idea about what organisations are doing in practice.

 

For more, click here.


 

Legal News: Intellectual Property – Community Trade Mark – Genuine Use – Article 15 of Regulation 207/2009 – Court of Justice of the European Union – February 2013

 

The Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) recently gave its judgment in the case of Leno Merken BV v. Hagelkruis Beheer BV [2013] ETMR 16, after it was referred from the Court of Appeal of the Hague. In particular, the Court of Appeal had sought guidance on the question of whether use of a Community Trade Mark (“CTM”) in a single member state constitutes “genuine use” in the Community.

 

 

For more, click here.


 

Legal News: Food Law – Food Standards Agency - Food Hygiene - Cows' Milk - The Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006 - February 2013

 

 

The Food Standards Agency (“FSA”) recently confirmed its intention to sue Selfridges Retail Limited (the “Company”) for breaches of food hygiene regulations.

 

In 2011, the Company installed vending machines dispensing raw cows’ milk at its flagship store in London. After carrying out a thorough investigation, the FSA decided to prosecute the Company as well as the farmer who supplied the milk.

 

For more, click here.


 

Legal News: Data Protection - ICO Fine - Sony - Personal Data - Hacking - Data Protection Act 1998 - February 2013

 

The Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) recently imposed a fine of £250,000 on Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited.

 

In April 2011, the Sony Playstation Network Platform was hacked and millions of customers’ details were leaked. The details included, names, email addresses, dates of birth, passwords and payment card details.

 

 

For more, click here.


 

Legal News: Commercial Law - Unfair Terms - Gym Membership Contracts - OFT - Notice Period - January 2013

 

 

In July 2011, we posted an update around the case of Office of Fair Trading v. Ashbourne Management Services Ltd and others [2011] EWHC 1237, where it was held that certain gym membership contracts contain unfair terms within the meaning of the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999.

 

For more, click here.


 

Legal News: Intellectual Property - Copyright - Copying - Personal Use - Copyright Infringement - January 2013

 

Last month Business Secretary, Vince Cable, unveiled proposals for reform of copyright law. In particular, he proposed that people be allowed to copy material they have purchased to various devices, e.g. tablets, computers and phones for their own personal use.

 

For more, click here.


 

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