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BAR COUNCIL OF INDIA v. A.K. BALAJI AND ORS.
SUPREME COURT OF INDIA

The issue involved in this batch of matters is whether foreign law firms/lawyers are permitted to practice in India. Reference needs to be made to two leading matters. Civil Appeal Nos.7875-79 of 2015 have been filed by the Bar Council of India against the Judgment of Madras High Court dated 21st February, 2012 in A.K. Balaji versus The Government of India. Civil Appeal No.8028 of 2015 has been filed by Global Indian Lawyers against the judgment of Bombay High Court dated 16th December, 2009 in Lawyers Collective versus Bar Council of India....

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Colour swatch error proves fatal in V Energy trademark war with Coca-Cola

AUSTRALIA
Intellectual property
Frucor's original error proves fatal in trademark war with Coca-Cola
It's good to be green, especially if you're an energy drink. But a trademark war between the maker of V Energy drinks and Coca-Cola proves it's also good to be attentive to detail. Frucor Beverages has lost its fight to trademark the signature green of its V Energy range, after attaching the wrong colour swatch to its initial application six years ago.

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Ohio v. American Express: Supreme Court rules in favor of Amex in antitrust case

US
Antitrust
The Supreme Court handed American Express a win Monday in a lawsuit over rules it imposes on merchants who accept its cards. 
Under their contracts, merchants who accept American Express generally can't encourage customers to use other credit cards, even though those cards may charge merchants lower fees. The federal government and a group of states sued over those so-called anti-steering provisions, arguing that they violate federal law. But on Monday the high court ruled 5-4 in favor of American Express. "In this case, we must decide whether Amex's antisteering provisions violate federal antitrust law. We conclude they do not," Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in an opinion for himself and his conservative colleagues, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Anthony Kennedy, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch.

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