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Former CEO sues paint company he founded for R610m

In an unusual turn of events, the former chairman and CEO of KwaZulu-Natal-based paint company Chemical Specialities (Chemspec) is suing the company he founded for R609.5m...

By Shaun Harris 3 hours ago

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Signature requirements of the ECT Act

The main object of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act (ECT Act) is to facilitate electronic communications and transactions. One of the subordinate objects is to promote legal certainty...

22 hours ago

Cipla loses patent case, has to withdraw Fiprotec
Cipla loses patent case, has to withdraw Fiprotec

Merial has won a protracted legal battle against Cipla for its infringement of Merial's patent for its Frontline Plus spot on product, an anti-parasitic treatment for dog and cats...

25 Apr 2016

Non-compliance comes at great cost to SA businesses - LexisNexis
Non-compliance comes at great cost to SA businesses

South Africa is a highly regulated market which places an onerous burden on corporates to stay abreast of frequent changes in the regulatory landscape...

Issued by LexisNexis 23 Mar 2016

New LexisNexis online store goes live - LexisNexis
New LexisNexis online store goes live

LexisNexis' online store provides direct access to purchase law, tax, and financial services publications as well as relevant student books and e-books...

Issued by LexisNexis 17 Mar 2016

African round of ELSA Moot Court competition in Grahamstown
African round of ELSA Moot Court competition in Grahamstown

The third annual African regional round of the ELSA Moot Court Competition, a simulation of a World Trade Organisation (WTO) panel proceeding, will take place at Rhodes University in Grahamstown from 29 March to 1 April 2016...

15 Mar 2016

Reviewing the Franchise Industry Draft Code of Conduct
Reviewing the Franchise Industry Draft Code of Conduct

In late January 2016, the draft Franchise Industry Code of Conduct of South Africa was published in the Government Gazette. Public comments on the draft code had to be submitted by the end of February and the National Consumer Commission will now consider these...

7 Mar 2016

Despite voetstoots clause, contracts can be cancelled
Despite voetstoots clause, contracts can be cancelled

Contracting out of liability for patent and latent defects is commonly described as a voetstoots clause and is often contained in contracts...

By Rosanne Gorven 16 Feb 2016

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Thomson Wilks partners French law firm to service mining sector

South African legal firm Thomson Wilks has announced a strategic alliance with French law firm Heenan Paris. The partnership is set to service the mining and infrastructure sectors in Africa...

16 Feb 2016

Marketers, don't eat your words - food labelling, copyright and compliance with the ASA - Knowledge Resources
Marketers, don't eat your words - food labelling, copyright and compliance with the ASA

Do you know which legally compliant food labelling factors to keep in mind when developing and conceptualising trademarks, brand names and related content on packaging for foodstuffs?...

Issued by Knowledge Resources 9 Feb 2016

POPI Act crucial component in addressing cybercrime
POPI Act crucial component in addressing cybercrime

If one considers that between 70% and 80% of South African adults have been victims of cybercrime in their lifetime, the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act is an essential leap forward in South African legislative terms...

By Leishen Pillay 27 Jan 2016

Another SARS ruling on converting loans into equity
Another SARS ruling on converting loans into equity

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has issued a Binding Private Ruling 213 (Ruling) on the issue of 'converting' loans into share capital...

By Ben Strauss 20 Jan 2016

[BizTrends 2016] Trends in Competition Law in 2016
[BizTrends 2016] Trends in Competition Law in 2016

2016 is set to be an important year in competition law, both in South Africa and on the rest of the continent...

By Lucinda Verster 18 Jan 2016

[BizTrends 2016] Trends in the African private equity space
[BizTrends 2016] Trends in the African private equity space

Private equity deals are growing in east and west Africa, with certain sectors seeing most action than others. Experienced African fund managers are in demand and it looks like it is going to be an exciting year for Private Equity in Africa. Here are some of the key trends we can expect to see in the in 2016...

By John Bellew 18 Jan 2016

Namibia changes commercial legal requirements
Namibia changes commercial legal requirements

The Namibian Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development has published revised merger thresholds for mandatory merger filings in Namibia...

18 Jan 2016

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De Beers tackles Asian firm over use of synthetic diamond patent

De Beers has launched legal action against IIa (pronounced two-a), a Singapore firm, alleging patent infringement in the making of synthetic diamonds...

By Allan Seccombe 14 Jan 2016

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Courts will have to decide how to classify hashtag marks

Can the use of a trademark as a hashtag constitute trademark use? This was one of the questions that arose in the recent case of Eksouzian v Albanese in which the California Central District Court held that hashtags are 'merely descriptive devices, not trademarks'...

11 Jan 2016

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US lawsuit turns up heat on VW

The decision by the US government to sue Volkswagen over the massive pollution-cheating scandal turned up the heat on the former paragon of German industry on Tuesday, 5 January, and fuelled speculation about how much the affair will finally cost the embattled auto giant...

8 Jan 2016

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BEE investors sue Abil directors

African Bank Investments Limited's (Abil's) black economic empowerment (BEE) shareholders are suing directors of the failed company, as well as auditing firm Deloitte...

5 Jan 2016

MTN confirms it will fight Nigerian fine
MTN confirms it will fight Nigerian fine

Africa's biggest mobile services provider MTN Group (MTN) has confirmed that it is planning to contest a R59bn fine imposed by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)...

21 Dec 2015

Draft Carbon Tax Bill up for comment
Draft Carbon Tax Bill up for comment

The Treasury has published the Draft Carbon Tax Bill for public comment by 15 December 2015...

By Graeme Palmer 9 Dec 2015

Arbitrations and business rescue
Arbitrations and business rescue

The Companies Act states that no legal proceeding may be commenced or proceeded with in any forum against a company in business rescue, except with the written consent of the business rescue practitioner. However, the Act does not define the phrase 'legal proceeding'...

By Jonathan Witts-Hewinson and Fiorella Nor 7 Dec 2015

Changes to existing Preferential Procurement Policy
Changes to existing Preferential Procurement Policy

The South African government is to change tendering laws drastically in early 2016. It has released its Draft Regulations outlining changes to the existing Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA)...

3 Dec 2015

Competition Commission ruling on telco deals
Competition Commission ruling on telco deals

The Competition Commission has conditionally approved the Vodacom/Neotel deal but prohibitive conditions in the MTN/Telkom deal resulted in its cancellation...

By George Miller 2 Dec 2015

What to do in a dawn raid - part 3
What to do in a dawn raid - part 3

The investigators are allowed to ask for oral explanations arising from any documents which they have requested, e.g., an explanation of entries or codes on an invoice or spreadsheet...

By Rosalind Lake 30 Nov 2015

What to do in a dawn raid - part 2
What to do in a dawn raid - part 2

Before the inspection begins and any documents are provided, find out as much as possible from the investigators about the investigation, its origins and focus...

By Rosalind Lake 27 Nov 2015

What to do in a dawn raid - part 1
What to do in a dawn raid - part 1

The Competition Commission is empowered to make on the spot investigations and searches, typically referred to as dawn raids, at a company's premises with or without a search warrant, depending on the circumstances...

By Rosalind Lake 26 Nov 2015

Validity of electronic contracts
Validity of electronic contracts

The United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts (New York, 2007) establishes the general principle that communications are not to be denied legal validity solely because they were made in electronic form...

By Nastascha van Vuuren 24 Nov 2015

Lawyers - Europlaw
Lawyers

Europlaw Group Incorporated, situated in South Africa and the United Kingdom, has in-house attorneys, lawyers, advocates, auditors, legal advisors, fund managers and accountants that offer a variety of services...

Issued by Europlaw 17 Nov 2015

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