UK Competition Appeal Tribunal Gives Green Light to Opt-Out Class Action

The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) has certified the first application for a collective proceedings order (CPO) on an opt-out basis, paving the way for a class-action claim against Mastercard. In certifying the CPO in Walter Hugh Merricks CBE v Mastercard, — an action brought on behalf of approximately 45 million cardholders and estimated to


European Public Prosecutor’s Office Begins Operations

On June 1, 2021, the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) launched operations. While most EU Member States are cooperating with the EPPO, a significant minority have not yet joined the initiative. The EPPO is an independent body based in Luxembourg, with 22 participating EU Member states. The first supranational prosecutor’s office, the EPPO can investigate


UK Court of Appeal Decision May Increase Costs of Litigation Funding

A decision handed down on 15 January 2021 by the UK Court of Appeal may lead to increased costs of litigation funding. The judgment in Rowe & Ors v Ingenious Media Holdings & Ors [2021] EWCA Civ 29 effectively overruled previous decisions in which cross-undertakings in damages relating to the additional cost of providing security were


Why Fraud Increases During an Economic Recession

In hard times, fraud litigators tend to receive an increase in calls from clients who believe they are the victim of fraud. Ten years ago, during the 2008–2009 economic recession, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (“ACFE”) released a study of the impact of an economic recession concluding that the financial pressures of the economic crisis led


Hong Kong High Court Orders Disclosure of “831” Footage

In a recent judgment in the case of Leung Yiu Ting v MTR Corporation Limited [2020] HKCFI 460, High Court Judge Mr. Justice Anderson Chow ordered the MTR Corporation to disclose CCTV footage from Prince Edward and Lai Chi Kok stations to a student leader, Leung Yiu Ting, who is seeking damages against the police over a


Spain’s Supreme Court: Bitcoin Is Not Legal Tender

The Bitcoin, for the purposes of civil liability derived from crime, is not legal tender. This was the conclusion reached by the Supreme Court of Spain in its Judgment of June 20, 2019, rejecting a final appeal in cassation No. 998/2018. As background to this judgment, we can say that the defendant had been convicted


Ontario Court of Appeal Affirms 24-Month Termination Notice “Cap”

On June 19, 2019, the Ontario Court of Appeal released a decision in Dawe v. Equitable Life Insurance Company of Canada. One of the issues in the case which will be of interest to Employers concerned the Plaintiff’s entitlement to notice, and whether an award of thirty (30) months was appropriate in the circumstances. Mr. Dawe


Kornfeld LLP Wins Trial Victory in Real Estate Dispute

After a hard-fought, 77-day civil trial, Kornfeld LLP counsel Dan Parlow, Shane Coblin and Nils Preshaw won a major victory for the firm’s client in Youyi Group Holdings (Canada) Ltd. v. Brentwood Lanes Canada Ltd. 2019 BCSC 739. The case involved a claim by the opposing party for specific performance of two real estate contracts entered into in 2012 for $32 million. Kornfeld’s client resisted


A Milestone in Hong Kong-China Cross-Border Legal Cooperation

Hong Kong and China have taken a major step forward in legal collaboration, with a reciprocal deal to recognise and enforce judgments in certain types of cases. The historic move will bring clarity and reduce litigation costs. On 18 January 2019 in Beijing, Hong Kong’s Secretary for Justice, Teresa Cheng, and the Vice-President of the


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