Crossley & Ors v Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft (the “VW NOx Emissions Group Litigation”) – Blackstone Chambers

‘The High Court has today handed down judgment in the VW NOx Emissions Group Litigation – the class action arising out of what is often described as the ‘emissions scandal’. Following a two-week trial of two preliminary issues, Mr Justice Waksman has found that the controversial engine software function amounts to a ‘defeat device’ for the purpose of EU law, and that previous findings of the relevant German authorities were binding on the High Court in that respect.’

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Blackstone Chambers, 6th April 2020

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Coronavirus: Public reassured over lockdown policing rules – BBC News

‘Downing Street says people can buy whatever they want from shops that remain open amid concerns some police are overstepping lockdown powers.’

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BBC News, 10th April 2020

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Divisional Court rejects Tesco judicial review challenge over criminal offences and food offered for sale after ‘use by’ date – Local Government Lawyer

‘Supermarket giant Tesco has lost a judicial review challenge over whether it was a criminal offence for a shop to offer food for sale, or otherwise place it on the market, after its labelled “use by” date.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th April 2020

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New UK taskforce to crack down on coronavirus profiteers – The Guardian

Posted March 23rd, 2020 in competition, consumer protection, coronavirus, news, ombudsmen, sale of goods by sally

‘The competition watchdog is setting up a coronavirus taskforce to crack down on companies that cash in during the outbreak by bumping up prices or exploiting people’s fears with misleading claims about products.’

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The Guardian, 20th March 2020

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New bill aims to protect UK shop workers from soaring abuse – The Guardian

Posted March 16th, 2020 in bills, news, police, sale of goods, statistics, threatening behaviour, violence by sally

‘Shop workers across the UK will be better protected from soaring levels of violence, verbal and physical abuse under proposed legislation to be put before the House of Commons.’

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The Guardian, 16th March 2020

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Alcohol: Wales minimum pricing law comes into force – BBC News

Posted March 2nd, 2020 in alcohol abuse, health, news, price fixing, sale of goods, Wales by sally

‘As of Monday, retailers and any outlets serving alcohol must charge at least 50p a unit, meaning a typical bottle of wine costs no less than £4.69.’

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BBC News, 2nd March 2020

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Tory minister admits UK breached court order banning arms sales to Saudi Arabia again – The Independent

‘The government has again admitted breaching a court order banning arms sales to Saudi Arabia over concerns they could be used in the Yemen war.’

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The Independent, 26th September 2019

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Government apologises for breaching court ruling against arms sales to Saudi Arabia – The Independent

‘The government has apologised for breaching a court ruling against the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia that could be used in the Yemen conflict.’

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The Independent, 16th September 2019

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Supreme Court to rule next week on implying condition restricting use of premises into planning permission – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 28th, 2019 in appeals, local government, news, planning, sale of goods, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court will next week (3 July) rule on the London Borough of Lambeth’s appeal over whether a condition restricting the use of premises should be implied into a planning permission granted by the council, or, alternatively, whether the planning permission should be interpreted as containing such a condition.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th June 2019

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Lucy’s Law: Puppy farm ban set to be confirmed – BBC News

Posted May 13th, 2019 in animal cruelty, animals, news, sale of goods, standards by sally

‘A new law aimed at cracking down on so-called puppy farms in England is being presented to Parliament on Monday.’

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BBC News, 13th May 2019

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Laughing gas laws not working, says ex-chief crown prosecutor – BBC News

Posted December 19th, 2018 in drug offences, news, sale of goods by sally

‘The law governing the sale of nitrous oxide, widely known as laughing gas, is simply not working, a former senior prosecutor has said.’

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BBC News, 19th December 2018

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Boohoo ‘broke advertising rules’, BBC Watchdog finds – BBC News

Posted December 5th, 2018 in advertising, complaints, news, ombudsmen, sale of goods, select committees, time limits by sally

‘Boohoo, the fast fashion retailer, broke Advertising Standards Authority rules with “misleading” promotions.’

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BBC News, 5th December 2018

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Letters to art experts not covered by litigation privilege – Litigation Futures

‘Letters between Sotheby’s and two art experts concerning the authenticity of an Old Master painting sold for over $11m are not covered by litigation privilege, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 27th November 2018

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Case Comment: Lee v Ashers Baking Company Ltd & Ors [2018] UKSC 49 – UKSC Blog

‘It must be a rare moment in legal history, when cakes are at the centre of Supreme Court Knights_S_146668decisions in the same year on both sides of the pond.’

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UKSC Blog, 12th November 2018

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Lee v Ashers Baking Company Ltd and others – Blackstone Chambers

‘The Supreme Court unanimously and comprehensively reversed the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal’s decision in the “gay cake” case. The Supreme Court, in a decision of considerable significance for the United Kingdom as a whole, and beyond, held that the bakery would have refused to supply this particular cake to anyone, whatever their personal characteristics. So there was no discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation. If and to the extent that there was an arguable case of discrimination on grounds of political opinion, no justification has been shown for overriding the bakery’s ECHR protections against compelled speech.’

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Blackstone Chambers, 10th October 2018

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Jacob Rowbottom: Cakes, Gay Marriage and the Right against Compelled Speech – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘In the high-profile decision in Lee v Ashers, the Supreme Court had to consider a customer’s rights against discrimination along with the baker’s right to freedom of expression. In its finding for the baker, the Supreme Court took an important step in developing a domestic doctrine against ‘compelled speech’. While the outcome of the case divides opinion, the reasoning of the Court requires further consideration of when a person has a right not express a particular view.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 16th October 2018

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Conscience and cake: the final chapter – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Lee v. Ashers Baking Company Ltd. On Wednesday the Supreme Court handed down its much-anticipated judgment in the ‘gay cake’ case. The Court unanimously held that it was not direct discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or political opinion for the owners of a Northern Irish bakery to refuse to bake a cake with the message ‘Support Gay Marriage’ on it, when to do so would have been contrary to their sincerely held religious beliefs.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 15th October 2018

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Baker’s refusal to bake gay marriage cake not direct discrimination – OUT-LAW.com

‘A Christian bakery’s refusal to bake a cake iced with a message supportive of same sex marriage was not direct discrimination, the UK’s highest court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 11th October 2018

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‘Gay cake’ row: Supreme Court rules in favour of Ashers – BBC News

‘The Christian owners of a Northern Ireland bakery have won their appeal in the so-called “gay cake” discrimination case.’

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BBC News, 10th October 2018

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Amazon adverts banned for ‘misleading’ customers over savings – BBC News

Posted April 5th, 2018 in advertising, complaints, misrepresentation, news, sale of goods by sally

‘Four Amazon adverts for electronic devices have been banned for “misleading” customers over potential savings.’

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BBC News, 4th April 2018

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