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“A rich display of competitive dishonesty”: Judge condemns parties for “festival of mendacity”

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A High Court judge has described a case as “a festival of mendacity” in which every witness was “attempting to outdo the other in a rich display of competitive dishonesty”. At first instance, His Honour Judge Davy QC had condemned one defendant’s evidence for being “as heroically dishonest as he is in his everyday life”.

May 22nd, 2018

“Victory for product innovation” after High Court rejects group hip replacement implant claim

X-ray of the hip prosthesis

The High Court yesterday rejected a group action claiming that a ‘metal on metal’ hip replacement implant was defective under the Consumer Protection Act 1987. The decision, which saw the judges questions the claimants’ evidence and that of some of their experts, has averted “what could have been potentially serious implications for product innovation”.

May 22nd, 2018

Eleven law firms joins solicitors’ committee for Volkswagen group action

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Eleven law firms have enough claimants so far to form part of the group action over the Volkswagen emissions scandal, the senior Queen’s Bench master has decided. Master Fontaine named Slater & Gordon and Leigh Day as the lead solicitors, with Chesterfield firm Your Lawyers joining the pair on the steering committee.

May 21st, 2018

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Three’s a crowd – who pays?

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In September 2014 a UKIP MEP, Jane Collins, gave a speech at UKIP’s annual conference slandering three Labour MPs. The following month, a letter of claim on their behalf was sent to Ms Collins. It contained an offer of settlement under which Ms Collins would pay each £10,000 in damages, which they would then pay to charity. UKIP’s National Executive Committee discussed the letter of claim that month and referred Ms Collins to solicitors, RMPI, with whom UKIP had close ties. No settlement having been agreed, in November 2014 the three MPs issued claims against Ms Collins. Temple Legal Protection insured the MPs’ claims.

May 16th, 2018

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