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SEADRILL GHANA OPERATIONS LIMITED v. TULLOW GHANA LIMITED
ENGLAND AND WALES HIGH COURT

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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Court finds firm wholly to blame for worker's injuries

SINGAPORE
Tort
Maintenance company entirely to blame for worker's injuries
Employer argued man unexpectedly fell, but judge finds co-worker's evidence untruthful. The High Court placed total blame on a maintenance company for injuries suffered by a worker who fell from a 7m-high fireman's ladder while cleaning and waterproofing a ventilation duct. The court held Proof-Tech Waterproofing & Maintenance (Proof-Tech) liable to compensate Mr Md Suzon Miah Md Abdul Razak, for failing to ensure his safety. Mr Suzon, now 31, fell when he was standing near the top of the ladder at the worksite in Toh Tuck Link on June 26, 2015. Mr Suzon, who got married two months earlier, suffered a spinal fracture and became a paraplegic.

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Stricter NRIC data collection rules to kick in from Sunday

SINGAPORE
Data protection
Illegal for organisations to physically hold on to individual's NRIC from Sunday
Non-compliance could result in penalty of up to $1m; firms revising SOPs for data collection. Companies have less than a week to comply with stricter rules by Singapore's privacy watchdog governing the use, collection and disclosure of the NRIC and other national identification numbers. In a statement yesterday, the Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) reminded organisations that unless required by law, from Sept 1, it will be illegal for organisations to physically hold on to an individual's NRIC and collect its full number. This applies to birth certificate numbers, foreign identification numbers and work permit numbers as well. The commission had announced changes to the NRIC advisory guidelines last year as a result of established practices that involved the rampant use of the NRIC.

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