Martin Lewis to sue Facebook

Martin Lewis, the consumer campaigner, has announced that he intends to issue defamation proceedings against Facebook in respect of misleading advertisements bearing his name that have been published on the social media platform. It is claimed that many of the adverts show Martin Lewis’ face next to endorsements that he has not made.  These include adverts for binary trading schemes that are viewed as scams by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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Alex Cochrane joins Brett Wilson LLP

Brett Wilson LLP is pleased to announce the arrival of Alex Cochrane in the firm’s media law department.

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Max Campbell becomes a partner of Brett Wilson LLP

Brett Wilson LLP is delighted to announce that Max Campbell is now a partner of the firm.

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Brett Wilson LLP lawyers recommended in Chambers and Partners 2018 directory

Brett Wilson LLP lawyers have been ranked in the latest edition of the prestigious Chambers and Partners legal directory, which was published on 2 November 2017.

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Restraining publication of images taken at private zoo — Human Rights Act 1998 engaged

Brett Wilson LLP partner Iain Wilson is interviewed by Anne Bruce.  This article was first published on Lexis® PSL IP & IT analysis on 28 June 2016

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Zoo refused gagging injunction against animal cruelty charity

In Heythrop Zoological Gardens Ltd (T/A Amazing Animals) & Anor V Captive Animals Protection Society EWHC/IPEC (20 May 2016), a company that supplies animals to the TV and film industry was refused an interim injunction to prevent an animal protection charity publishing photographs and video clips taken on their premises.

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Free wi-fi providers unlikely to be liable for copyright infringement

Maciej Szpunar, an Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), has recommended to the Court that providers of free wi-fi should not be held responsible for copyright infringement committed over their networks.

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ECJ rules that four fingered Kit Kats not distinct enough to be trademarked

The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) has ruled that Nestlé cannot trademark its four fingered Kit Kat because the shape is not distinctive enough for consumers to associate it with the chocolate bar.  Nestlé had tried to trademark the four finger Kit Kat in 2010 but its rival Cadbury had registered an objection.  In 2013 the UK Trade Marks Registry refused to register the trademark and Nestlé appealed to the High Court.  Arnold J, sitting at the High Court, referred the following three questions to the ECJ:-

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Rihanna defeats appeal by Topshop in T-shirt ‘passing off’ claim

In Robyn Rihanna Fenty and others –v- Arcadia Group Brands Limited and another ([2015]  EWCA Civ 3), lawyers for Topshop sought unsuccessfully to set aside last year’s finding in the High Court that the clothing store was liable for ‘passing off’ under common law for the unauthorised use of the singer’s image on T-shirts.

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