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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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Lungowe v. Vedanta: How to hold multinationals liable for harmful activities

UK
Tort
Landmark case, Lungowe v Vedanta, shows difficulties of regulating multinationals across borders
Many will be watching closely as the landmark suit, Lungowe v. Vedanta, gets underway this month in the UK. The case involves 1,826 Zambian villagers who are suing global miner Vedanta Resources for environmental damage by its Zambian subsidiary, Konkola Copper Mines (KCM). The villagers won the right to sue Vedanta in England where the company is registered following a monumental UK Supreme Court decision, which caught many experts by surprise, last year. It ruled that the claimants could sue the Vedanta along with its subsidiary in England because they wouldn't be able to get access to proper justice in Zambia.

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Singapore judge rules burden of proof lies with government in first fake news court case

Singapore
Judge sides with government in first appeal against online correction notices but makes key procedural rulings
Singapore’s High Court has ruled that the burden of proof in appeals against the city state’s controversial fake news law should lie with the government. However, in the first court judgment since the controversial law was introduced, Justice Ang Cheng Hock decided the government need only prove false online statements were made ‘on the balance of probabilities’ as opposed to ‘beyond reasonable doubt’. The Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) came into force in November and empowers the government to require websites to add ‘correction notices’ to posts the authorities maintain contain ‘false statements of fact’.

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