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Below, are recent articles in newspapers and other sources related to the business disputes.

Calls are growing for licensing builders in the UK

Calls are growing for licensing builders in the UK. Complaints about cowboy builders and rogue traders are up by over 25%. Homeowners are too often fleeced by criminals who damage their homes.

Boston Consulting Group sues GameStop claiming $30mn in unpaid fees

BCG, the world renowned strategic consultancy, is suing GameStop, the video games retailer, for $30 million in unpaid fees. The consultancy was hired by GameStop to help "enable corporate transformation". Apparently, the managers of GameStop were unimpressed by the work , given BCG's "seemingly meagre impact on the company’s bottom line". Gamestop is sitting on a cash pile of over $1 billion and could easily pay the fees if it chose to.

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Nippon Steel suing Toyota for patent infringement

Nippon Steel has accused its customer, Toyota, of manufacturing cars using specialised steel supplied by Baoshan Iron and Steel Co Ltd of China. Nippon Steel claims that the steel in question breaches its patents.

Tesla fined $137 million for racial harassment of former employee
BBC news reports that Tesla, the leading electric carmaker has been ordered to pay $137m million in damages for failing to stop a black employee being subjected to a racially hostile work environment.

Iran demands the UK to repay 40 year old £400 million debt,

Iran is demanding UK repays £400m 40 year old debt.

At a meeting between the two foreign ministers, Iran pushed for the UK to lift sanctions and repay its £400 million debt. Whilst the UK pressed Iran to return to the talks on the nuclear deal and demanded the release of British dual national detained in Iran.

Bullards gin is threatened with legal action by Red Bull in trademark dispute

Bullards, a small UK distiller established in 1837, recently applied to trademark its name with the UK Intellectual Property Office. However, Red Bull's lawyers have objected to the application on the basis that the trademark contained the word "Bull", and demanded that Bullards removed deleted a series of goods and services from its application, including energy drinks, events and non-alcoholic beverages. Bullards say the objection is "ludicrous". 

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Mishcon de Reya launches £150m litigation funding unit
The big business of litigation has taken another big step:: Law firm Mishcon de Reya has launched a £150 million litigation funding unit
with one of the world’s largest third-party funders. The law firm It will sacrifice some of its fees in return for a potential share of a client’s winnings. Such profit incentives will lead to higher overall costs of dispute resolution.

Cairn Energy threatens to seize Indian assets over $1.2bn tax dispute

Cairn Energy has threatened to seize Indian government assets if New Delhi fails to pay the UK oil and gas explorer $1.2bn after losing a bitter dispute over retrospective taxes.

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Axa puts blame on Lockton as legal dispute continues

Axa should have registered its dispute with Combined Property Control on the Business Disputes Register.

Carslberg of Denmark is locked in a dispute with its joint venture partner in India.

Carslberg of Denmark is locked in a dispute with its joint venture partner in India. Both sides should seek alternative dispute resolution services to bring the matter to an end.

Russian dispute which ensnared top U.S. investor Calvey eases

Reuters reports that a "case has rattled Russia’s business community and prompted several prominent officials and businessmen to voice concerns about the way the state deals with commercial disputes". The solution is simple: the parties involved should us the Business Disputes Register which encourages better business behaviour.

Microsoft and Foxconn settle dispute.

Microsoft and Foxconn Technology, the world’s biggest contract assembler of consumer electronics, said this week they had settled litigation over patent royalties in the United States and pledged new relations that suggest the American software giant plans to scale up its hardware business.

Japan and U.K. may forgo dispute settlement system in trade deal

The foregoing of a dispute settlement system is nothing to fear as the Business Disputes Register can fill the gap.

The $6bn judgment pitting Nigeria against a London court

Disputes resolution arbitration should be open to the public especially for cases involving sovereign states.

The Royal Mail has one the highest rates of labour disputes in the UK.

Britain’s Royal Mail and its largest labor union have agreed to start talks to resolve an ongoing dispute over a range of issues including pay and operational changes, the former postal monopoly said on Wednesday