6jun21 / 11 posts found

Covid lawsuits and inquiries are looming – but blame won’t prevent future pandemics | Laura Spinney

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Earlier this month, proceedings opened in Austria in a civil suit brought against the authorities by the widow and son of a man who died of Covid-19 after staying in Ischgl, the ski resort widely regarded as having hosted a super-spreader event early in the pandemic. The week before, former French health minister Agnès Buzyn was ordered by a court to answer, essentially, for the government’s lack of anticipation of the pandemic. In the UK, meanwhile, the government has promised a public inquiry into the handling of the crisis. It’s due to start next spring. Those pushing for it to […]

Tackling Incivility in Intellectual Property Litigation

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Julie Katz, a highly experienced intellectual property litigator, remarks on how she has witnessed this shift in attorney attitudes first-hand and offers her insights as to how and why it should be reversed.  How have you observed incivility manifesting in intellectual property litigation? I have observed and experienced a high level of incivility first hand in IP litigation, and I can only say that it makes an attorney’s job more difficult than it already is. We are engaged to advocate for our clients, which may require advocating zealously. What some attorneys seem to forget is that it is our client’s […]

The Guardian view on predatory marriage: new safeguards are needed | Editorial

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A brave woman, Daphne Franks, wants to reform some of the laws connected with marriage. Since 2016, when her mother died and it emerged that she had secretly wed, Ms Franks has become a spokesperson for victims of “predatory marriage”. The term originates in Canada, where several states have altered their laws to insert safeguards aimed at protecting vulnerable people from being coerced into unions to which they do not have the capacity to consent. In 2018, Ms Franks’s MP, Fabian Hamilton, tried to use a private member’s bill to change the law in England and Wales along similar lines. […]

Costs, courts and controversies: litigation finance laid out in full

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Litigation finance has grown considerably over the past five years, according to Olivier Maurice, co-manager of Syz Capital, the Swiss group’s private markets arm. However, most law firms in targeted jurisdictions are considering using it, with up to 70% of US law firms involved in litigation finance in 2020. ‘Demand is growing fast and it’s going to attract more capital. It’s definitely becoming more mainstream,’ he said. The UK litigation finance sector has doubled its total assets, to now sit at £2bn (€2.35bn), over the past three years, according to law firm RPC. On a global scale, the industry is valued […]

Litigation Trends Post Pandemic

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New Report Shows Increase in Litigation Spending in the U.S. According to a new report, litigation spending in the United States continues to increase and is expected to “outpace new cases.” The newly released BTI Consulting Group’s 12 Litigation Outlook 2022, discussed in Law360 Pulse, shows that both companies and law firms are spending more on outside counsel while clients are spending more on litigation. Trends indicate that more money will be spent on litigation and individual matters along with law firms increasing partnerships to handle the increased volume. The pandemic resulted in a backlog which many firms are currently […]

Worried about litigation? It's time to fight the fear – Dentistry – Dentistry.co.uk

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Mahmood Mawjee talks about the stress of litigation in dentistry and how dentists can mitigate the fear and the associated stress. For the past few years, litigation has been rising in UK dentistry. It has become an immense source of stress for many dental professionals, who – despite always acting in their patients’ best interests – worry about getting complaints. The reality is that current regulations protect the public far more than the profession. This can leave clinicians feeling vulnerable. Remove pressures Dr Mahmood Mawjee believes these concerns about litigation start very early on in a dentist’s career: ‘As soon […]

Litigation trends in the post-Covid world

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IN March last year, the pandemic brought a halt to all but the most urgent legal proceedings in the Northern Irish courts. Courts had to close and our legal system went into a period of hibernation as Covid cases spiralled out of control. In a spirit of corporate goodwill and with government guidance advising businesses to avoid litigation as the pandemic raged, organisations and parties opted to negotiate rather than litigate. The Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service, the judiciary, and legal practitioners all made sterling efforts to keep the wheels of justice turning during the difficult months of 2020. […]

Russian billionaire settles with ex-wife five years after £450m payout ruling

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After almost five years of fighting a high court ruling that awarded the UK’s largest ever divorce payout, a Russian billionaire has reached a settlement with his ex-wife. Farkhad Akhmedov and Tatiana Akhmedova have been embroiled in the most expensive family feud in history since a London high court judge awarded Akhmedova a £450m divorce payout in 2017. Akhmedov, who’s name appeared on the US’s “Putin list” in 2018 of officials and oligarchs close to the Kremlin, did not pay the 41.5% share of the couple’s £1bn-plus marital assets, calling the ruling “wrong and misguided”. Akhmedova took legal action in […]

Can this US healthcare litigation company really be worth $33bn?

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When John Ruiz invested in an apartment at the luxury waterfront Ritz-Carlton Residences in Miami Beach earlier this year, he encountered the man who would later help to make him a billionaire multiple times over — at least on paper.  The apartment’s co-investor was Ophir Sternberg, a wealthy property developer and founder of Lionheart Capital, who together with the hedge fund Elliott Management had transformed the former heart hospital into a collection of luxurious residences. Villas at the property, designed by the Italian architect Piero Lissoni, enjoy a private marina and sell for as much as $40m each. It would […]

Litigation Minute: What to Do When Your Company Is Threatened with a Consumer Class Action

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN A MINUTE OR LESS You are in-house counsel for a consumer-facing company, and you have just been handed a letter from a plaintiff’s firm you’ve never heard of, threatening to file a class action over labeling, advertising, a company policy, or an alleged defect in your consumer product. What do you do? Know you are potentially at risk Any consumer-facing company is a potential target for a consumer class action, this includes manufacturers, suppliers, and potentially others within the chain of distribution. In recent years, consumer class actions have run the gamut from claims […]