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By its decision 18 February 2011 (S09/3055) the Helsinki Appellate Court confirmed that an owner is entitled to rely on the quality assurance of a well-known construction company at an acceptance inspection. The court held that the owner is entitled to demand rectification of construction defects and to claim damages for deficiencies discovered during the guarantee period.
The Finnish Supreme Administrative Court (SAC) decided on 31 January 2011 (KHO:2011:10) to ask for a preliminary ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) concerning the question whether a tax-neutral share exchange can be completed between a company residing in an EU country and a company residing in the European Economic Area (EEA) (such as Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein).
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No distinction is made between “Mac” and “Mc” for the purposes of trademark law. The General Court of the European Union (EGC) ruled that whether the syllable includes an “a” is of no great significance (Az.: T-518/13).
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The IFLR1000 2017 Financial and Corporate rankings were published on October 14, 2016. VEGAS LEX improved its positions in Project finance and Mergers and acquisitions. Chairman of the Board of Partners Albert Eganyan was noted as a leading lawyer in the Project finance category.
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In an action brought by CL Educate Limited, the company behind Career Launcher (popularly known as CL), India’s premier test prep institutions, the Delhi High Court has restrained competitor Think and Learn Pvt. Ltd. (popularly known as Byju’s) and its directors from infringing and misusing CL’s trademarks to lure prospective students into enrolling.
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