Pub landlord fined £65,000 for breach of football copyright

Pub landlord fined £65,000 for breach of football copyright

A pub landlord in Wales has been fined £65,000 for breaching the copyright of the English Premier League by broadcasting matches live using a foreign satellite card, reports the BBC. Premier League football is big business for pubs and bars, with licences to show live games to a public audience selling for thousands of pounds. Publicans and bar owners pay large sums to show live games in the knowledge that football brings in customers who…

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Intellectual property: US yoghurt firm loses fight for ‘Greek’ label

Intellectual property: US yoghurt firm loses fight for ‘Greek’ label

American yoghurt maker Chobani has lost a legal battle in the UK courts, after a judge ruled that it must change the labelling on its Greek yoghurt products because they are manufactured in the US, reports the BBC. The legal case against Chobani, who are based in New York, was brought by Greek company, Fage. Fage make their Greek yoghurt in Greece and base their operation out of their Athens offices. The case hinged on…

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House of Lords approves new law on lobbying and campaign spending

House of Lords approves new law on lobbying and campaign spending

The House of Lords has narrowly approved a new bill aimed at reforming the rules on parliamentary lobbying and charity campaign spending, reports the BBC. The Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill is currently undergoing its passage through Parliament, and had previously been amended three times by the upper house, only for all three amendments to be overturned by the House of Commons. The Lords has the power to amend or…

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Scottish TV advert banned because of helmet concerns

Scottish TV advert banned because of helmet concerns

A television advert by Cycling Scotland has been removed from the airwaves following complaints that the cyclist in the advert was not wearing a helmet, reports the BBC. The television advert was actually devised to encourage safer cycling on Scottish roads, by reminding drivers of the need to give cyclists room on the road and to slow down when passing a cyclist the same as you would when passing a horse. Although wearing a helmet…

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Government plans fracking under homes without owners’ permission

Government plans fracking under homes without owners’ permission

The Government has admitted that it is considering plans to change the law to allow companies to conduct ‘fracking’ to take place underneath British homes without property owners being required to give their permission. The controversial process of fracking frees natural gas locked away inside underground rock, by a process of fracturing the rock with pressurised water. The process results in tiny fractures in the rock, which allow natural gas to escape. Controversies centre around…

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Ex-pat Scots citizens demand vote in referendum on independence

Ex-pat Scots citizens demand vote in referendum on independence

Scottish citizens living abroad are demanding the right to be allowed to vote in the forthcoming referendum on Scottish independence, and are willing to instigate legal action against the Scottish Government if they don’t expand the eligible vote criteria, reports Reuters. One million Scottish citizens live outside of Scotland, with many settled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. They are demanding the right to a vote in the forthcoming referendum on Scottish independence, and are…

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Lord Saatchi seeks public support for ‘health innovation’ bill

Lord Saatchi seeks public support for ‘health innovation’ bill

The Conservative peer Lord Saatchi has used an article in The Telegraph to appeal to the public to participate in the consultation on his Private Members’ Bill on health innovation. Mr Saatchi, one half of the advertising executive duo Saatchi & Saatchi along with his brother, art collector Charles Saatchi, has called on the public to support his bill, which aims to liberate doctors to trial risky new treatments on patients dying of cancer. Mr…

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Law firm annual survey shows no increase in ‘silver splitters’

Law firm annual survey shows no increase in ‘silver splitters’

Law firm Grant Thornton’s 10th annual ‘Matrimonial Survey’ has revealed lots of information on trends in divorce and family law, but shows that despite some perceptions, there is no upward trend in the ages of divorcing couples. The survey for 2013 was conducted in a year when several major changes were felt in the family law sector, not least the removal of legal aid for most divorce cases, which was implemented in April. The Grant…

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Government announces ban on ‘e-cigarettes’ for under-18s

Government announces ban on ‘e-cigarettes’ for under-18s

The Government has announced plans to introduce new laws to ban under-18s from buying so called ‘e-cigarettes’, believing their health properties to still be unproven, reports the BBC. E-cigarettes have proved to be extremely popular, with figures estimating them to be used currently by 1.3m people in the UK. The electronic cigarette allows the user to inhale nicotine vapour without tar. The devices have until recently been largely unregulated and are manufactured outside of medical…

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UK Government challenge to EU law on short selling rejected

UK Government challenge to EU law on short selling rejected

The UK Government’s legal challenge against a proposed new EU law on short-selling has been rejected by the European Court of Justice, reports the BBC. The UK Government was attempting to limit the extent of the European Union law passed in 2012, which bans certain financial practices including short-selling. However, the EU’s highest court, the European Court of Justice, this week ruled that the EU’s new financial rules were within its powers and dismissed the…

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