Legal Updates

Brands, beauty and big issues: high-profile US cases to watch in 2024

From fast fashion to sustainability, Foley & Lardner luxury lawyers Jeff Greene and Owen Miklos examine the key cases before US courts in 2024

Too young for luxurious beauty?

Swedish companies are imposing age restrictions on their beauty products. Bird & Bird lawyers Caroline Grotenfelt, Julia Jansson and Beatrice Rälg ask if more countries will follow suit?

The Global Legal Post launches new edition of  luxury law comparative guide

Third edition edited by Fabrizio Jacobacci and Alan Behr is essential reading for luxury brands

Bayer loses appeal at UK court over its blockbuster blood thinner drug

Decision upholds earlier ruling revoking patent covering the drug Xarelto, further clearing way for generic manufacturers to enter the lucrative market

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News | UK

‘Lies and forged documents’ – UK judge skewers computer scientist’s claim he invented bitcoin system

Mr Justice Mellor ‘entirely satisfied’ Craig Wright ‘lied to the court extensively and repeatedly’

UPC issues preliminary injunction in DNA kits patent spat

Düsseldorf local division orders US life sciences company Curio Bioscience to stop selling its products in Germany, France and Sweden in dispute with rival 10x Genomics

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News | US

Sustainability and circularity: luxury’s new priorities

Fashion’s shift to more sustainable practices, transparency and circular economy principles represents a straight line to a more responsible future, write Michelman & Robinson lawyers Warren Koshofer and Prachi Ajmera

Quinn Emanuel and Clifford Chance advise as IBM’s high-stakes court battle with Swiss software company begins

Nine week trial in London’s Technology and Construction Court could impact EU’s Software Directive

UK Supreme Court refuses Marks & Clerk permission to appeal in secret commissions case

Trial expected next January as judges say appeal bid ‘does not raise an arguable question of law’ over group claims

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News | UK

Uncertainty follows SEC stay of contested climate disclosure rule

Legal challenges and US elections could determine timing and scope of climate-related disclosure requirements, write Debevoise lawyers Ulysses Smith and Isabelle Glimcher

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Macau’s proactive data protection rights for luxury brands

Local lawyer Bruno Nunes explains that luxury brands operating in Macau often overlook crucial data privacy regulations, which can result in significant fines

US bill would require AI companies to disclose copyrighted work in training models

Growing prevalence of AI in creative space makes legislative guidance on use of copyrighted work to train software ‘seem inevitable’

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News | US

Pay frequency litigation in New York; avoiding an unfashionable trend for luxury retailers

Morrison Cohen lawyers Keith A. Markel and Alana R. Mildner Smolow discuss the increase in pay frequency lawsuits in New York, and offer guidance with state and federal cases

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Quality and authenticity at issue in high-profile Chanel and WGACA case

Stobbs’ Harriet Berridge breaks down the issues and confirms that the burden is on resale platforms to ensure the goods they are selling are genuine

New Fashion Law guide addresses hot topics including rising power of influencers

Second edition of GLP’s Law Over Borders online fashion guide launches today

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Substantiation is key for growing ‘invasive beauty and wellness’ market

With the increasing popularity of invasive beauty and wellness treatments, Freeth’s Eleanor Bradberry explains why luxury brands will need detailed evidence to support their claims.

Amazon loses UK Supreme Court appeal on cross-border internet sales

UK’s highest court dismisses e-commerce giant’s appeal to lift injunction over cross-border trademark dispute

M&S successfully defends appeal in gin-soaked IP battle with Aldi

Court of Appeal ruling offers ‘encouragement’ for design holders faced with lookalike products

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News | UK

Code couture: tech-infused fashion

Technology is pushing the limits of luxury law, writes Remfry & Sagar’s Radha Khera

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Legal protections for AI-generated work in China

DLA Piper lawyers Edward Chatterton and Wilson Lung explain a recent Chinese court judgment and review how luxury brands can protect copyright in AI-assisted work