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Drilling for oil is a risky business. Oil companies seek to protect themselves against the financial consequences of risk by appropriate clauses in their contracts, for example, by a force majeure clause. This case concerns a contract for the hire of an ex pensive oil rig which contained such a clause. During the course of a territorial sea dispute between neighbouring states the arbitration tribunal determining that dispute required drilling to cease in the disputed sea where drilling was to take place....

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There's no accounting for taste

EU court rules taste cannot be copyrighted in setback for food industry in Dutch witches' cheese case.
Europe’s top court has dismissed an attempt by a Dutch cheese maker to copyright its cream cheese, saying that the taste of a food product does not qualify for copyright protection. In a ruling seen as a blow for the food industry, Dutch company Levola Hengelo, maker of a cheese spread called Heksenkaas or witches’ cheese, took rival Smilde to court for making what it said was a copy of its product and hence infringed its copyright in the taste of the cheese. The Dutch court subsequently sought guidance from the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice (ECJ), but the ECJ judges backed the July recommendation of the court adviser saying ‘the taste of a food product is not eligible for copyright protection.’

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The 'gig economy' for lawyers continues to expand

Number of UK 'platform' lawyers up 29% in a year, crossing the 1,000 mark, as research report highlights LSE listing of Keystone Law.
The number of UK lawyers working for ‘platform’ law firms has increased 29% to 1,035 in 2018, up from 803 in 2017, shows new research by Hazlewoods, Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers who specialise in the legal profession.

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