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Law360, London (July 2, 2021, 6:06 p.m. BST) – Last week in London, Barclays sued the founder of the NMC Health scandal, Nokia filed two patent applications against Chinese phone makers, and Uber faced litigation from drivers following a UK Supreme Court ruling.
Here Law360 examines these and other new claims filed in the UK
Barclays Bank PLC v. Shetty
Billionaire founder of bankrupt hospital operator NMC Health is sued by Barclays Bank PLC. The Part 7 application was filed on July 1.
Former healthcare company FTSE 100 took office in 2020 after revealing billions of dollars in unreported debt and discovering that more than $ 4 billion in loans that could have benefited third parties were not disclosed in its balance sheet.
The UK’s accounting watchdog, the Financial Reporting Council, has opened an investigation into EY into the company’s 2018 audit of NMC’s financial statements.
Barclays is represented by Simmons & Simmons Middle East LLP.
The case is Barclays Bank PLC v. Shetty, case number CL-2021-000397, in the Commercial Court of the High Court of Justice of England and Wales.
Wirex Ltd. against Digital Active OR
The digital payment platform Wirex filed on June 29 a contract and general commercial agreements against Digital Active OU. Earlier this year, Wirex won a trademark battle after a judge ruled a rival had violated name of its cryptocurrency rewards program.
Wirex is represented by Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP.
The case is Wirex Ltd. v. Digital Active OU, case number LM-2021-000146, before the Circuit Commercial Court of London at the High Court of Justice of England and Wales.
FJ Chalke Ltd. vs. Lloyds Bank PLC and others
Car dealership FJ Chalke Ltd. filed a malpractice claim on June 25 against High Street lenders Lloyds Bank and TSB.
FJ Chalke is represented by FS Legal Solicitors LLP.
Lloyds Bank PLC is represented by CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP.
The case is FJ Chalke Ltd. vs. Lloyds Bank PLC et al., Case number CC-2021-MAN-000047 before the Circuit Commercial Court, High Court of Justice for England and Wales.
Divers Eateries Trading Ltd. vs. Allianz Insurance PLC
Divers Eateries, which operates 10 restaurants, filed an insurance and / or reinsurance claim on June 30 against Allianz.
The UK’s Supreme Court ruled in January that insurers must pay hundreds of thousands of businesses forced to close during the country’s first COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.
Many insurers have refused to pay claims after the country was first locked down in March 2020 and the coronavirus epidemic took hold, saying these policies were not intended to cover global pandemics.
The catering group is represented by Mishcon de Reya.
The case is Divers Eateries Trading Ltd. vs. Allianz Insurance PLC, case number CL-2021-000396 in the Commercial Court of the High Court of Justice for England and Wales.
Belsize Park Management Co. 2017 Ltd. vs. Zurich Insurance PLC and others
Belsize Park Management Co. 2017 Ltd. filed an engineering complaint on June 30 against Zurich Insurance PLC and six development and construction companies, including CJ O’Shea & Co. Ltd.
Belsize Park Management is represented by BLM.
The case is Belsize Park Management Co. 2017 Ltd. vs. Zurich Insurance PLC et al., Case number HT-2021-000250, before the High Court of Justice of England and Wales.
Kyokuyo Co. Ltd. and another against Maersk Line A / S
Shipping giant Maersk is the subject of a Part 7 claim filed on June 28 by Japanese insurance company Sompo and frozen seafood company Kyokuyo Co. Ltd.
The applicants are represented by Clyde & Co LLP.
The case is Kyokuyo Co. Ltd and another against Maersk Line A / S, case number LM-2021-000143 in the Circuit Commercial Court of London, in the High Court of Justice for England and Wales.
True World Foods Ltd v. Kagerer & Co. GmbH and others
Two units of Allianz and German seafood importer Kagerer & Co. GmbH are sued by True World Foods Ltd., which distributes fish to Japanese restaurants.
True World Foods is represented by DAC Beachcroft Claims Ltd.
The case is True World Foods Ltd v. Kagerer & Co. GmbH et al., Case number QB-2021-002500 in the High Court of Justice of England and Wales.
Nokia Technologies OY v OnePlus Technology (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd. and others
Finnish telecommunications giant Nokia filed two separate patents and registered design applications on June 30. They both target several Chinese phone makers, including OnePlus Technology (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd., four of the overlapping defendants. Some of the Chinese companies have also faced litigation of Mitsubishi on 3G and 4G telecom standards.
Nokia is represented by Bird & Bird LLP.
This is Nokia Technologies OY v OnePlus Technology (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd. et al., Case Number HP-2021-000023 and Nokia Technologies OY et al v OnePlus Technology (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd. et al., case number HP -2021-000022, both in the Patent Court of the High Court of Justice for England and Wales.
Neurim Pharmaceuticals (1991) Ltd. and another c. Generics (UK) Ltd. and another
Neurim Pharmaceuticals Ltd. and Flynn Pharma have launched another round of lawsuits against Generics Ltd and Mylan. The two sides have already clashed on a patent for insomnia drug.
Neurim is represented by Gowling WLG (UK) LLP.
Flynn Pharma is represented by Pinsent Masons LLP.
The case is Neurim Pharmaceuticals (1991) Ltd. and another against Generics (UK) Ltd. and another case numbered HP-2021-00002 in the High Court of Justice for England and Wales.
Retail and e-commerce
Ryan Sowney and 342 others v. Tesco Stores Ltd.
Supermarket giant Tesco Stores Ltd. was hit by two separate Part 7 claims filed on behalf of over 700 claimants on June 28 by Keller Lenkner UK Ltd.
The highest court in the European Union ruled in June that female retail workers suing Tesco for equal pay can rely on EU law in their case as they claim compare their salaries to those of male workers in the grocery giant’s distribution centers.
The cases are Ryan Downey and 342 Others v. Tesco Stores Ltd., case number QB-2021-002487 and Patricia Moseley & 355 Others v. Tesco Stores Ltd., case number QB-2021-002489, both before the High Court of Justice of England and Wales.
Blagoev and another v. Uber London Ltd. and another
Ridesharing service Uber is facing a breach of contract claim filed by law firm PGMBM on June 29 on behalf of drivers. The UK ruled in February that Uber drivers were entitled to minimum wage guarantees and other protections.
The case is Blagoev and another against Uber London Ltd. and another case numbered QB-2021-002512 in the High Court of Justice for England and Wales.
–Edited by Joe Millis.
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