Google Loses Appeal Against Decision to Allow Consumers the Right to Sue Over Misuse of Privacy Settings
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Google Loses Appeal Against Decision to Allow Consumers the Right to Sue Over Misuse of Privacy Settings

Google has lost its appeal to have an earlier High Court ruling set aside. A group of internet privacy activists previously alleged that Google had violated privacy settings and had manipulated them to enable tracking cookies to target Safari users with personalised advertising. The group claimed that UK Safari users should be given the right…

SmartWater Trade Mark Revoked for Lack of Genuine Use
201503.24
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SmartWater Trade Mark Revoked for Lack of Genuine Use

A recent decision by the General Court of the European Union (Seventh Chamber) (“General Court”) in Case T-250/13 Naazneen Investments Ltd v OHIM, Energy Brands Inc. intervening has revoked the Community Trademark SMARTWATER on the basis of non-use of the mark, pursuant to Article 51 (1)(a) of Council Regulation 207/2009. The provision states: “The rights…

Judges Sacked for Using Court Computers to View Pornography
201503.19
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Judges Sacked for Using Court Computers to View Pornography

Three judges have been sacked after allegedly using their Court computers to watch pornographic material. A fourth judge resigned before the conclusion of the enquiry. The Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO) monitors judicial conduct and supports the Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice in their joint responsibility for judicial discipline. Its aim is to ensure…

Manchester Building Society Sues Grant Thornton for £49m
201503.18
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Manchester Building Society Sues Grant Thornton for £49m

The accountants are accused of negligence over their auditing of the building society’s accounts between 2006 and 2013. “The claim primarily covers Grant Thornton’s advice and audit services relating to the implementation and application of hedge accounting by the society,” said the building society. The building society claims that the accountants had given poor and…