Mau Mau lawsuit due to begin at high court – The Guardian

‘Compensation claims for torture, rape, wrongful detention and forced labour brought by 40,000 Kenyans who allege they were mistreated by British officials during the Mau Mau insurgency are due to be heard in the high court in London on Monday.’

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The Guardian, 22nd May 2016

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Apple under pressure as lawyers pledge action over ‘Error 53’ codes – The Guardian

‘Apple has come under pressure to scrap its controversial policy of permanently disabling repaired iPhone 6s when software is upgraded, following a global consumer backlash and claims the company could be acting illegally.’

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The Guardian, 8th February 2016

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Phone hacking: Fresh News of the World claims to be heard – BBC News

Posted January 19th, 2016 in class actions, interception, media, news, telecommunications by sally

‘Fresh claims of phone hacking by the now defunct News of the World newspaper can be heard in court, a High Court judge has ruled.’

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BBC News, 18th January 2016

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Police apologise to women who had relationships with undercover officers – The Guardian

‘Police chiefs have apologised unreservedly to seven women who were deceived into forming long-term relationships with undercover police officers, it has been announced.The Metropolitan police have also paid substantial, undisclosed amounts of compensation to the women who had intimate relationships, lasting up to nine years, with the undercover spies.’

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The Guardian, 20th November 2015

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Air freight damages claim struck out as “irresponsible” and lacking in authority – Zenith Chambers

Posted November 12th, 2015 in abuse of process, airlines, class actions, damages, news, striking out by sally

‘The High Court has struck out claims against British Airways for damages allegedly arising from the air freight cartel on the basis of lack of authority. The claim was issued on behalf of 64,697 claimants, all members of the Chinese Chamber of International Commerce (CCOIC), an organisation that issues certificates of origin when goods are exported from China.’

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Zenith Chambers, 2nd November 2015

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High Court throws out 65,000 ‘highly irresponsible’ price-fixing claims – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 29th, 2015 in abuse of process, airlines, appeals, class actions, news, price fixing, striking out by sally

‘The High Court has thrown out almost 65,000 claims brought on behalf of Chinese businesses after finding the firm acting had no authority to do so.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 27th October 2015

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Dust settles on new UK antitrust litigation regime – Zenith Chambers

Posted October 7th, 2015 in class actions, competition, consumer protection, news, tribunals by sally

‘With the Consumer Rights Act 2015 competition law provisions coming into effect on 1 October it is time to reflect on what the reforms, including the new opt-out collective actions regime and enhanced role for the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT), will mean in practice.’

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Zenith Chambers, 5th October 2015

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US-style class actions introduced in UK – BBC News

Posted October 1st, 2015 in class actions, compensation, competition, consumer protection, news, tribunals by sally

‘A newly introduced law allows British courts to hear US-style class actions – where one or several people sue on behalf of a much larger group.’

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BBC News, 1st October 2015

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Sainsbury’s faces equal pay battle with female shop floor workers – The Guardian

‘Sainsbury’s is facing legal action from four female shopfloor workers who claim they are paid less than men to do equally valuable jobs at the supermarket chain.
The case, which will be the subject of a preliminary hearing at a Birmingham employment tribunal on Friday, comes as a similar legal action involving 6,000 female Asda employees remains to be settled.’

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The Guardian, 9th July 2015

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Australian litigation funder plans more mass claims against big UK firms – The Guardian

Posted January 19th, 2015 in bills, class actions, consumer protection, foreign jurisdictions, news by tracey

‘The Australian litigation funder coordinating shareholders’ legal action against Tesco is promising to launch more mass claims against large firms in the UK.’

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The Guardian, 18th January 2015

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MMR vaccine: lawyers sued for pursuing claim based on link to autism – The Guardian

Posted June 26th, 2014 in autism, class actions, law firms, medical treatment, negligence, news, time limits by sally

‘A man is suing his former legal team for pursuing “hopeless claims” based on flawed research into the MMR vaccine, it has emerged.’

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The Guardian, 26th June 2014

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Sharing Risk in Collective Actions – Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

Posted March 5th, 2014 in class actions, competition, consultations, costs, damages, news by sally

‘Readers of this blog will be familiar with the Government’s announcement, following the conclusion last year of its consultation on private actions in competition law, that it intends to introduce an “opt out” regime for collective competition law actions. In brief, unless they specifically choose to opt out, UK-domiciled consumers and businesses will automatically be included as claimants in collective actions, provided they satisfy the criteria for membership set by the Competition Appeal Tribunal when it certifies the class. One of the particular policy objectives behind this proposal is to empower small businesses and consumers to seek redress in respect of anti-competitive behaviour. The combination of the complexity and cost of seeking such redress is seen currently to form an almost insurmountable hurdle to all but the largest claims.’

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Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers,

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When three into one will go – High Court rejects challenge to single costs budget for three cases – Litigation Futures

Posted February 11th, 2014 in budgets, class actions, costs, news by tracey

‘The High Court has rejected a Mitchell challenge to a budget that could have left well-known car manufacturer Lotus with hundreds of thousands of pounds of costs up in smoke.’

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Litigation Futures, 11th February 2014

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Legal bid over swine flu jab link to narcolepsy – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 13th, 2013 in class actions, compensation, indemnities, medical treatment, news by tracey

“A group of 38 British people who developed narcolepsy after receiving the ‘Pandemrix’ swine flu vaccine have launched a legal claim against its manufacturer.”

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Daily Telegraph, 12th November 2013

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Legal action over Furness General Hospital deaths – BBC News

“More than 30 families have taken legal action against a hospital in north-west
England for a catalogue of baby and maternal deaths and injuries.”

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BBC News, 15th March 2013

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Collective actions and access to justice – Legal Voice

Posted March 4th, 2013 in class actions, competition, damages, news by sally

“The Government recently confirmed its intention to introduce ‘collective actions’ in the UK for competition law. Not only should this enable large numbers of consumers and small businesses to obtain redress against anti-competitive behaviour, but an important by-product is that leftover damages could benefit access to justice more generally.”

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Legal Voice, 1st March 2013

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Collective Actions: loss in complex cases – Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

Posted February 4th, 2013 in class actions, competition, enforcement, news by tracey

“The big news from last week’s UK announcement on reforming private competition enforcement is that the government plans to introduce opt-out class actions for competition claims.”

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Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 4th February 2013

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Breast cancer patients claim compensation from hospitals – BBC News

Posted November 8th, 2012 in cancer, class actions, compensation, doctors, hospitals, medical treatment, news by sally

“Women who claim they had botched and unnecessary breast cancer operations are taking legal action against three hospitals in the West Midlands.”

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BBC News, 7th November 2012

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Blacklisted builders launch mass legal action against Sir Robert McAlpine – The Guardian

“Workers blacklisted by the construction industry over more than three decades have launched a high court claim against industry giant Sir Robert McAlpine, the Tory donor and builder of the Olympic Stadium, for conspiring with other firms to keep them out of work.”

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The Guardian, 29th July 2012

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Phone hacking: mother of murder victim Clare Bernal sues NI – The Guardian

Posted July 24th, 2012 in class actions, interception, news, telecommunications by tracey

“The mother of Clare Bernal, who was murdered by a former boyfriend while working at Harvey Nichols, has joined the second wave of alleged victims of News of the World phone hacking suing News International for damages.”

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The Guardian, 23rd July 2012

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