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- Government consults on a new statutory debt solution
On 13 May 2022, HM Treasury issued a consultation on a new form of statutory debt solution, the statutory debt repayment plan (SDRP), that will allow for most of an individual’s debts to be combined into a single plan and repaid over a manageable period, with similar legal protections from creditor action as in breathing...
- Irish food agency welcomes two court decisions
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has welcomed the verdicts of two court cases involving counterfeit alcohol and a firm that continued to trade despite being told to close. The first judgement in Tuam District Court involved the sentencing of three defendants in cases led by the Health Service Executive (HSE) and supported by...
- From Ireland to Iceland to Groban? Supreme Court Leaves in Place Circuit Split Regarding Approach for Assessing Substantial Similarity in Copyrighted Works
The United States Supreme Court recently denied certiorari in Johannsongs-Publishing, Ltd. v. Peermusic Ltd., et al, bringing an end to a copyright infringement suit relating to Josh Groban’s 2003 song You Raise Me Up. Notably, in declining to hear a challenge to the Ninth Circuit’s ruling that Groban’s song did not constitute infringement, the Court...
- CJEU Strikes Down Metadata Collection in Irish Criminal Case
Nine million texts are sent daily in Ireland, a huge increase on when the first text was sent in 1992. All are subject to the data retention and access regime currently in place under the Communications (Retention of Data) Act 2011. That regime has now been given the kiss of death by the Court of...
- Global Law and Business Podcast – Gary O’Sullivan (Ireland)
Listen HERE or stream on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Stitcher, or Soundcloud! At Harris Bricken, we keep close tabs on what is happening around the world, and we know that our friends and clients do, as well. We are happy to provide this podcast series: Global Law and Business, hosted by international attorneys Fred Rocafort and Jonathan Bench, where we look...
- Lloyd’s Pays Titanic Loss In 30 Days—Can Modern American Carriers Pay As Promptly?
I was in Cobh (fka Queenstown), Ireland, yesterday. Cobh was the last destination for the Titanic before its fateful collision with an iceberg sent it to Davey Jones Locker. The picture above is next to where the third-class passengers would have had to board on the tender America, which took them to the Titanic that...
- Ireland Expands Eligibility for Multiple Entry Short Stay Visas
On April 22, 2022, the Irish government announced an expansion of the eligibility criteria for the country’s multiple entry short stay visas. The changes mean that foreign nationals from all visa-required countries will now be eligible to apply for a five-year, multiple entry short stay visa. The government’s announcement is intended to ease administrative burdens...
- England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland see at least 73 Salmonella cases linked to Kinder Chocolates
The outbreak is characterized by an unusually high proportion of children being hospitalised, some with severe clinical symptoms such as bloody diarrhea. The majority of the cases are children under 5 years of age. According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Salmonella Typhimurium matching the human outbreak strain had been identified at Ferrero plant...
- Start of petting zoo season prompts infection risk warning
An agency in Ireland has warned about the increased risk of Cryptosporidium because of the start of petting zoo season. The Health Service Executive’s Department of Public Health Mid-West is advising people to improve handwashing in and around farm settings, and to test and treat well water, to reduce the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium. The...
- Chocolate Easter Eggs Recalled in Europe due to Salmonella after over 100 sickened
There’s a food recall by Ferrero of some Kinder Surprise chocolate products. The Food Safety Authority of Ireland says the products are being pulled due to a link with a food poisoning outbreak of Salmonella. To date, there have been ten cases in Ireland with the same strain of Salmonella responsible for the UK outbreak....
- Thousands put at risk by Eden Park food poisoning outbreak
Errol Kiong reports that a few thousand people dining in corporate comfort at the All Blacks-Ireland test at Eden Park last Saturday could have been struck down with gastroenteritis. A week after the big match, public health officials have yet to pinpoint the exact cause for the outbreak that left...
- Rumor: $16 million Jury Verdict against Kia Motors in Federal Court in Greenville
I have a report of a $16 million jury verdict today in federal court in Greenville against Kia Motors. The case is presumably a products case involving a defective auto. Defense counsel was David Ayers and Robert Ireland of Watkins & Eager in Jackson. Plaintiff’s counsel was Ralph Chapman from...
- New blogs joining the LexBlog Network for the week of 1/16-1/20
Even though I’ve never been to Ireland, my name being what it is, I always get a kick out of Irish publications joining the LexBlog Network. Going along with a new blog from Ireland, we also have Sheppard Mullin continuing to add their their already-expansive blogging network. Have a great weekend, ...
- Northern Ireland’s Flick’s Restaurant E. coli Outbreak – 282 Ill
The number suspected ill in an E. coli outbreak connected to a Belfast restaurant has risen to at least 282, Northern Ireland’s Public Health Agency announced on Tuesday. The number ill consists of 119 laboratory-confirmed cases and another 163 probable cases. Probable cases are those with exposure ...
- Sexual Harassment Policies Must Become “Part Of The Fabric Of The Organization”
A northern Ireland employer learned the hard way that having a sexual harassment policy is great – but you have to follow it. A female employee in West Belfast was sexually harassed by a coworker. She complained and the employer conducted an investigation. The coworker “admitted that he had...
- Ireland Proposes Amendments to Copyright Law
Written by Ezra Steinhardt and Colin Warriner On 29 October 2013, the Republic of Ireland’s Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (DJEI) published a report containing proposed amendments to its copyright laws, named “Modernising Copyright” (“the Report”). Taking account of submissions...
- Client Development: Strike Up a Conversation and Build a New Relationship
Do you strike up a conversation with strangers? Nancy and I generally don’t, but I now can tell you a story about what we miss when we don’t. Last week Nancy and I traveled to Ireland. I contend the Irish are the most friendly people in the world, so I urge you to visit when......
- Chanel succeeds before the Irish Labour Court
In its ruling published on 3 November 2014, the Irish Labour Court determined that a conversation between a Chanel sales assistant and a manager was not unlawful. Ilena Cappello, a former sales assistant at a Parfums Chanel in a department store in Dublin, Ireland, lodged a complaint in the Irish...
- High Court grants injunction prohibiting further trade mark infringement in relation to advertising campaign which has ended.
The Irish High Court has issued a significant decision in Aldi Stores (Ireland) Limited & anor v- Dunnes Stores (No.2)  IEHC 551holding that a plaintiff is entitled as of right to an injunction where a trade mark is infringed in the course of a comparative advertising campaign even where the...
- Ireland’s Food Safety Authority Reports Fewer Enforcement Actions
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) reports a 6 percent decline in enforcement orders served on Irish businesses in 2015 when compared to the previous year. FSAI said it welcomes the reduction in numbers of Enforcement Orders needing to be served, but re-emphasized that the legal onus is on ...