Blizzard Beat the Bots

19 September 2019

The High Court has handed down its judgment calculating the account of profits awarded to the video game publisher, Blizzard Entertainment SAS (Blizzard), in connection with its claim against the producer of software designed to facilitate cheating or unfair practices in Blizzard’s video games.

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Hard Work is always rewarded? – Claiming Quantum Meruit

19 September 2019

‘Quantum Meruit’ may sound like the stage name of an American B-movie actor but is, in fact, an important legal doctrine. The Latin term quantum meruit translates as ‘what one has earned’. In English law a party may claim payment on a quantum meruit basis where they have undertaken work for which they consider they are entitled to payment but where there is no binding contract between the party performing the services and the party who obtains the benefit of the services

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Public Policy Fight Club: “Fraud” prevails over “Finality” in this round

19 September 2019

The recent decision by the Supreme Court, per Lord Briggs, turned “on the outcome of a bare-knuckle fight between two important and long-established principles of public policy. The first is that fraud unravels all. The second is that there must come an end to litigation.” Fraud emerged victorious.

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Sit Up and Take Notice!

19 September 2019

Giving notice of a claim under a contract should be simple. But where contractual notice provisions apply, parties must be aware that any such notice must be given in accordance with those terms. The Court of Appeal’s decision in Stobart Group Ltd & Anor v William Stobart & Anor serves as a cautionary reminder of which all businesses should be cognisant.

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Swipe Again – Supreme Court to hear MasterCard Appeal

19 September 2019

This summer the Supreme Court confirmed it would hear Mastercard’s appeal of the long running consumer rights claim brought by Walker Merricks, with an estimated value of £14 billion. This will represent the final showdown that will hopefully provide much needed clarity on the future of UK group actions.

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Summertime and the livin’ is – not so – easy

19 September 2019

What if you decide that marriage is not for you? What if remaining unmarried suits you best? The way that society has developed has meant that individuals may feel constrained to follow a standard template. Even Parliament has enacted laws, which incentivises its citizens to get married and therefore reap the benefits of being formally joined in matrimonial harmony. Progress remains slow for giving cohabitants’ rights that are on an equal footing to married couples and this issue is not particularly high on Parliament’s agenda. However, as more couples cohabit, there will be a greater need to ensure that they are protected.

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