Consumer Law

Tourist Victim of Holiday Island Fall Guaranteed Substantial Compensation

Tourist Victim of Holiday Island Fall Guaranteed Substantial Compensation

Obtaining just compensation for holidaymakers injured abroad can be a demanding task in legal terms. However, a case concerning a serious accident at a hotel on the Spanish island of Tenerife showed that specialist lawyers are well up to meeting the challenge. A recently married English tourist in her 50s was on the third day of her trip when disaster struck. She was heading back to her room after enjoying dinner with her husband when she fell about three metres from an external staircase onto concrete. She suffered spinal injuries and severe brain damage which will blight the rest of …

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Jean Maker Blocks Competitor

Maker of ‘Shapewear’ Jeans Blocks ‘Rip-Off’ Product from the Market

There is nothing more galling than witnessing competitors profiting at your expense by ripping off your original ideas and designs. As a High Court case concerning a novel variety of ‘body-enhancing’ jeans showed, however, intellectual property lawyers are always there to ensure your rights are not trampled upon. The jeans were designed to give the appearance of slimmer hips, whilst at the same time lifting and separating wearers’ buttocks, and formed part of an expanding trend in fashion known as shapewear. Their manufacturer said that they represented a dramatic departure from what was previously available on the market. They were …

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High Court Orders Removal of Defamatory Online Review

High Court Orders Removal of Defamatory Online Review

The appearance of a bad review on a consumer website can be a devastating blow to any business. However, as a High Court case showed, the law will not stand by if such a review strays beyond honest opinion and descends into the realms of libel. The case concerned a former client of a professional firm who was alleged to have posted a review on a widely visited consumer website which described the advice he received from the firm as a ‘total waste of money’ and ‘a scam’. The firm launched libel proceedings against him on the basis that it …

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