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Lightsource bp Legal Team Earns High Commendation at The Lawyer Awards 2024

(IN BRIEF) Lightsource bp’s global Legal team received a ‘Highly Commended’ recognition at The Lawyer Awards 2024 for ‘In-house Commerce and Industry Team of the Year,’ securing second place behind BAE Systems. This honor reflects the team’s ability to manage … Read the full press release

European Parliament Approves Landmark Pharmaceutical Legislation Reform, Calls for Further Enhancements

(IN BRIEF) The European Parliament has achieved a significant milestone by approving the first reading of extensive reforms to EU pharmaceutical legislation aimed at fostering innovation and ensuring equitable access to medicines. While commending the progress, the European Society of … Read the full press release

Hungarian Legal Expert Appointed as National Member for Eurojust

(IN BRIEF) Ms. Eszter Mária Köpf, a seasoned legal professional with extensive experience in international and European legal affairs, has been appointed as the new National Member for Hungary at Eurojust, succeeding Mr. László Venczl. With a background in prosecuting … Read the full press release

Eurojust Symposium Advocates for Enhanced Protection of Crime Victims Across Europe

(IN BRIEF) Eurojust recently hosted a landmark symposium in collaboration with the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, focusing on bolstering the rights and support systems for victims of crime across Europe. The symposium emphasized the need … Read the full press release

JT Group Leads the Charge Against Financial Fraud with Vodafone’s Scam Signal

(IN BRIEF) JT Group Limited has emerged as the first Channel Partner to offer Vodafone’s Scam Signal, a groundbreaking service designed to fortify fraud defenses for financial institutions. Developed by Vodafone Carrier Services, Scam Signal aims to combat impersonation scams, … Read the full press release

Anglo American Faces Appeal Decision in Kabwe Lead Pollution Case

(IN BRIEF) Anglo American acknowledges the High Court of South Africa’s recent decision to grant claimants the right to appeal against the dismissal of their class action application regarding lead pollution in Kabwe, Zambia. Despite the prior dismissal due to … Read the full press release

University of Liverpool Law Students Provide Free Legal Advice at St Chads Health Centre

(IN BRIEF) St Chads Health Centre in Kirkby collaborates with final year law students from the University of Liverpool to offer free ‘work and welfare’ advice sessions to local residents. These sessions, held twice weekly, provide guidance on welfare benefits, … Read the full press release

Eurojust Coordinates Cross-Border Arrests in Cannabis Trafficking Case

(IN BRIEF) Eurojust has facilitated the collaborative efforts of Swedish and Spanish authorities leading to the arrest of four individuals implicated in the wholesale and transportation of cannabis and other illegal substances. The operation, centered around a main suspect allegedly … Read the full press release

Eurojust-Coordinated Operation Leads to Arrest of 22 Members of Human Trafficking Ring in Italy and Bulgaria

(IN BRIEF) Italian and Bulgarian authorities, with the support of Eurojust, have apprehended 22 individuals associated with an organized crime group (OCG) involved in human trafficking. The OCG exploited numerous female victims, coercing them into prostitution through deceptive promises of … Read the full press release

Eurojust Welcomes Iceland’s Inaugural Liaison Prosecutor, Strengthening Transnational Legal Partnerships

(IN BRIEF) Ms Kolbrún Benediktsdóttir has commenced her tenure as the first Liaison Prosecutor for Iceland at Eurojust, marking a significant step in legal cooperation between Iceland and the European Union. With her appointment, Iceland joins eleven other countries with … Read the full press release

Eurojust and eu-LISA Pave the Way for Enhanced Digital Judicial Cooperation in the EU

(IN BRIEF) Eurojust and eu-LISA are intensifying their collaboration to bolster the digitalization of judicial cooperation throughout the European Union, as emphasized during a visit by eu-LISA Executive Director Ms Agnès Diallo to The Hague. Discussions centered on fostering closer … Read the full press release

Eurojust and Europol Lead International Effort to Dismantle Trafficking Ring Exploiting Women

(IN BRIEF) In a coordinated effort led by Eurojust and Europol, authorities in Belgium and Hungary have made significant strides in combatting human trafficking by dismantling an organised crime group involved in the sexual exploitation of women. Eight suspects were … Read the full press release

EU Leaders Face Backlash for Industry Collaboration Amid Chemical Pollution Crisis

(IN BRIEF) A new report by Corporate Europe Observatory sheds light on a concerning collaboration between EU leaders and major chemical corporations, set to discuss a “European Industrial Deal” in Antwerp. Despite alarming levels of chemical exposure and biodiversity collapse, … Read the full press release

Pressure Mounts: Call to Ban Amazon Lobbyists from European Parliament

(IN BRIEF) Trade unions and civil society organizations are rallying behind Members of European Parliament (MEPs) in their call to revoke Amazon lobbyists’ access to the European Parliament following the tech giant’s repeated refusal to engage with parliamentary committees regarding … Read the full press release

TotalEnergies Publishes Third Human Rights Briefing Paper, Reaffirming Commitment to Sustainability and Transparency

(IN BRIEF) TotalEnergies has released the third edition of its Human Rights Briefing Paper as part of its dedication to prioritizing sustainability in its strategy. The paper outlines the company’s commitments to internationally recognized human rights and reference texts, such … Read the full press release

Coordinated Action Targets Illegal Exports to Russia; Three Suspects Arrested

(IN BRIEF) Eurojust and Europol supported a joint operation by Dutch, German, Latvian, Lithuanian, and Canadian authorities targeting alleged violations of export sanctions to Russia. During the operation, three suspects were apprehended, and 14 locations were searched as part of … Read the full press release

Coordinated Operation Across Four Countries Targets Online Trading Fraud Network Defrauding Millions

(IN BRIEF) Judicial and law enforcement authorities from Germany, Cyprus, Bulgaria, and Sweden collaborated in a coordinated action against an organized crime group suspected of online trading fraud. The criminal network operated fraudulent online trading platforms from call centers and … Read the full press release

Addressing Food Insecurity Among Workers: University of Liverpool Law School’s Research and Advocacy Efforts

(IN BRIEF) The University of Liverpool Law School is hosting an event to advocate for addressing the recommendations of a research report aimed at improving the protection of workers facing food insecurity. The report, developed in collaboration with Feeding Liverpool, … Read the full press release

Bentley Motors Commits to Support Armed Forces Community by Signing the Armed Forces Covenant

(IN BRIEF) Bentley Motors, located in Crewe, has pledged its commitment to the Armed Forces Community by signing the Armed Forces Covenant, a national initiative aimed at supporting military personnel and their families. The company aims to treat those who … Read the full press release

José Luis Ferreira Trindade Appointed Eurojust National Member for Portugal

(IN BRIEF) José Luis Ferreira Trindade has been named the Eurojust National Member for Portugal, assuming the role starting from November 8, 2023. He succeeds António Cluny, who held the position since 2014. Prior to his appointment as National Member, … Read the full press release

Omicidio Lavinia Marano: conflitto di interessi e ricusazione in appello

(IN BRIEF) Il comitato Progetto LAVI ha sollevato preoccupazioni riguardo a un grave conflitto di interessi nella nomina di due nuovi periti da parte della Corte di Appello di Messina per il processo sull’omicidio di Lavinia Marano. Uno dei periti, … Read the full press release

Global Authorities Collaborate to Dismantle Ransomware Network Responsible for Widespread Attacks

(IN BRIEF) Judicial and law enforcement agencies from seven countries have joined forces to take action against a criminal network responsible for a series of damaging ransomware attacks worldwide. These attacks have affected over 1,800 victims in 71 countries, primarily … Read the full press release

University of Liverpool Study Advocates for National Database to Monitor Drug-Related Incidents at UK Music Festivals

(IN BRIEF) A study led by the University of Liverpool is urging the implementation of a national database to track drug-related medical incidents at UK music festivals. The lack of standardized reporting processes and data accessibility has made it challenging … Read the full press release

M&S and WUKA Lead Push for VAT Relief on Environmentally Friendly Period Pants

(IN BRIEF) Marks & Spencer (M&S) and WUKA have launched the “Say Pants to the Tax” campaign, seeking to exempt period pants from the current 20% Value Added Tax (VAT). The campaign, supported by various retailers, charities, politicians, and business … Read the full press release

UK Government Invests £53 Million to Boost Sustainable Aviation Fuel Industry and Reduce Carbon Emissions

(IN BRIEF) The UK government has announced a £53 million investment to bolster the sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) industry, aiming to save 2.7 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually. The funding supports nine innovative projects under the Department for Transport’s … Read the full press release

Czech and Ukrainian Police Disrupt Prolific Phishing Gang Defrauding Victims Across Europe

(IN BRIEF) Czech and Ukrainian police, with support from Europol and Eurojust, have dismantled a prolific phishing gang responsible for defrauding victims across Europe of tens of millions of euros. The criminal group, which primarily targeted Czech victims, conducted voice … Read the full press release

U.S. Commits $1 Million to Eurojust’s ICPA in Support of Ukraine Aggression Prosecution

(IN BRIEF) The U.S. Department of State has pledged USD 1 million to support the International Centre for the Prosecution of the Crime of Aggression Against Ukraine (ICPA), hosted at Eurojust. Eurojust, the European Union’s agency for judicial cooperation in … Read the full press release

German Courts Dismiss Final Claim Against TÜV Rheinland in PIP Breast Implant Case

(IN BRIEF) The last claim for damages in Germany related to Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) breast implants has been definitively dismissed by the Darmstadt Regional Court in September 2023. German courts, across all instances, have unanimously concluded that TÜV Rheinland … Read the full press release

Eurojust Coordinates Crackdown on International Online Fraud Network

(IN BRIEF) Eurojust, at the request of Swiss authorities, has organized a series of actions against an online fraud network operating in multiple EU Member States, Georgia, and Ukraine. The investigation into this investment scam began in October 2019, revealing … Read the full press release

European Society of Cardiology Weighs In on EU Pharmaceutical Legislation Reform, Advocates for Cardiovascular Research Support

(IN BRIEF) The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) has issued a statement regarding the proposed Reform of the EU Pharmaceutical Legislation by the European Commission, currently in negotiation in the European Parliament and the Council. While the ESC supports the … Read the full press release

Improved Eurojust Regulation Empowers EU Against Terrorism

(IN BRIEF) European Union (EU) judicial authorities are strengthening their efforts to combat terrorism by enhancing information sharing with Eurojust. An amendment to the Eurojust Regulation allows EU Member States to share a broader range of information on ongoing and … Read the full press release

EU Faces Challenges in Meeting Plastic Packaging Recycling Targets, Says European Court of Auditors

(IN BRIEF) The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has cautioned that the EU may struggle to meet its plastic packaging recycling targets for 2025 and 2030 outlined in the new Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation. Packaging accounts for a significant … Read the full press release

OLAF Hosts 10th Annual Meeting of EU Member States’ Anti-Fraud Coordination Services (AFCOS) in Lithuania

(IN BRIEF) The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) convened the 10th gathering of national Anti-Fraud Coordination Services (AFCOS) from all European Union (EU) Member States on October 18-19, 2023, in Vilnius, Lithuania. The annual conference, organized in collaboration with AFCOS Lithuania … Read the full press release

GSK Resolves California Zantac Litigation Through Confidential Settlements

(IN BRIEF) GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has announced a confidential settlement in the Cantlay/Harper case filed in California state court, which was scheduled for trial in November 2023. Additionally, GSK has settled the three remaining breast cancer bellwether cases in California, effectively … Read the full press release

University of Exeter Team Nominated for Impact Prize for Work on Countering Kleptocracy

(IN BRIEF) A team of experts from the University of Exeter, including Professors John Heathershaw and David Lewis, and Dr. Catherine Owen, has been nominated for the Economic and Social Research Council’s Celebrating Impact Prize. Their research focused on the … Read the full press release

USDA Acknowledges Error in Biofuels Annual Report, Confirms Neste’s Compliance

(IN BRIEF) The USDA has publicly acknowledged an error in its Biofuels Annual Report, specifically regarding allegations of fraudulent used cooking oil (UCO) volumes received by Neste at its Singapore refinery from China. Representatives from the USDA confirmed that the … Read the full press release

ESET Prevails in Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Finjan Holdings LLC

(IN BRIEF) ESET, a leading digital security provider, has received a favorable ruling from a California federal jury in a patent infringement lawsuit brought against it by Finjan Holdings LLC. The lawsuit, which began in 2015 and faced a mistrial … Read the full press release

Eurojust Welcomes New Liaison Prosecutors from Moldova and Norway to Boost Cross-Border Crime Cooperation

(IN BRIEF) Eurojust, the EU’s judicial cooperation agency, welcomes two new Liaison Prosecutors. For the first time, Moldova has stationed a prosecutor at Eurojust’s headquarters in The Hague to strengthen cooperation on cross-border crime cases. The new Liaison Prosecutor for … Read the full press release

Trinity Conference Puts Children’s Well-being at the Forefront in Domestic Violence Context

(IN BRIEF) Trinity University, in collaboration with Mason Hayes & Curran, hosted a significant Domestic Violence and Child Protection Conference that brought together over 200 professionals. Attendees included representatives from TUSLA, Safe Ireland, The Independent Guardian Ad Litem Agency (TIGALA), … Read the full press release

Vincent Jamin Appointed Administrative Director of Eurojust, EU’s Criminal Justice Cooperation Agency

(IN BRIEF) The College of Eurojust has appointed Vincent Jamin as the new Administrative Director of the agency. Jamin, a French prosecutor with 25 years of experience in criminal justice, has held various positions at Eurojust since 2010, including heading … Read the full press release