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Start-up Bird backs down in electric scooter legal row

Start-up Bird backs down in electric scooter legal row

Technology
A scooter firm has apologised after issuing a journalist with legal threats over a blogpost about its scooters.Start-up Bird offers electric scooters in around 40 US cities, which are hired via an app.Bird accused Cory Doctorow of copyright infringement for linking to a forum about a device which enables abandoned scooters, bought at auction, to be fitted with a new motherboard.This means they can then be used without the Bird app.Mr Doctorow's blogpost, published on the website Boing Boing, was about the number of Bird scooters that are being abandoned or badly parked, then removed by local authorities and legitimately sold.It described a $ 30 (£23) motherboard which replaces the scooters' existing hardware but does not alter either the hardware or...
EU legal advice: France can't censor Google globally

EU legal advice: France can't censor Google globally

Technology
France should not able to use EU laws to force Google to delete search results outside of the EU's jurisdiction, according to one of the bloc's most senior legal advisers. The French data watchdog had gone to the European Court of Justice to establish whether it could force companies such as Google to de-list search results across the world under the right to be forgotten (RTBF) law.Google and France's data regulator, the Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertes (CNIL) argued whether data should only be removed within France or if it should be de-listed on every Google domain.The CNIL said that globally enforcing the removal was the only way to actually uphold the RTBF, but Google warned that this could risk making it breaking the law in other jurisdictions.Th...
Ex-nuclear bosses in legal fight over Magnox

Ex-nuclear bosses in legal fight over Magnox

Business
The former bosses of Britain's nuclear clean-up body are embroiled in a bitter legal fight over a two-year probe into ‎the botched handling of a contract that cost taxpayers more than £120m. Sky News has learnt that Stephen Henwood and John Clarke, respectively the former chairman and chief executive of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) are trying to block the publication of criticisms contained in a report by a leading businessman.‎Steve Holliday, the former chief executive of National Grid, was asked by the Business Secretary Greg Clark to undertake an independent inquiry into the award of the Magnox nuclear decommissioning contract, and its subsequent termination, in March 2017.Mr Holliday is understood to have completed his report several month...
Duped in UK, PNB in legal battle to recover $37 million

Duped in UK, PNB in legal battle to recover $37 million

Finance
LONDON: The UK subsidiary of Punjab National Bank (PNB) is suing five Indians, one American and three companies in the UK high court claiming they fraudulently misled the bank to lend them tens of millions of dollars and now owe the bank approximately $ 37 million (Rs 271 crore) in unpaid loans. PNB (International) Ltd, which has seven branches in the UK, whose parent bank is PNB, is suing the individuals and companies for “fraudulent misrepresentation in respect of numerous loans” and “breach of contract”, according to its claim lodged with the high court. The loans were advanced, the bank states in its claim, to “assist the financing of the construction of a lube oil re-refining unit in South Carolina and the development and sale of wind energy projects.&rdq...
Landlords in legal challenge to House of Fraser rescue

Landlords in legal challenge to House of Fraser rescue

Business
A group of landlords is going to court over the rescue plan for House of Fraser saying it treated them unfairly.In June, House of Fraser creditors agreed to a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) - a rescue deal under which 31 stores were closed and rents at 10 other stores were slashed by 25%.The landlords said there was "unfair prejudice" against them in this action.House of Fraser said it had not received any formal legal notice from the landlords about going to court."On the assumption that a challenge is filed in court, whilst we are disappointed, we look forward to robustly defending our position and we are confident that this will not affect our commercial plans," a House of Fraser statement said.The legal challenge is not expected to affect the Hou...