Duty of Care to Protect Whistleblowers

In April 2020, the High Court of England and Wales held in the decision of Amjad Rihan v Ernst & Young Global Limited & Others [2020] EWHC 901 that there exists a duty of care to protect whistleblowers in circumstances that fall outside the scope of statutory protection regimes.

This article then dissects this decision and discusses the scenarios in which such a duty of care exists and the narrow factual matrix that such duty may be imposed to protect whistleblowers. … More Duty of Care to Protect Whistleblowers

Battle of the Biscuits – Trade Mark Infringement Dispute

In early October, the Federal Court solved the battle of the biscuits by ruling that the Huasin Food Industries Sdn Bhd LEX biscuits have infringed the trademark held by Munchy Food Industries Sdn Bhd for its LEXUS biscuits. The court was set aside the earlier decision of the Court of Appeal and reinstated that of the High Court.

This case update will provide an overview of the Federal Court decision of Munchy Food Industries Sdn Bhd v Huasin Food Industries Sdn Bhd [2018] MLJU 407 regarding trade mark infringement. … More Battle of the Biscuits – Trade Mark Infringement Dispute

Does the Qualification of “Inventor” under Patent Law extend to Artificial Intelligence?

The Court of Appeal in Thaler v Comptroller General of Patents Trade Marks and Designs [2021] EWCA Civ 1374 answered this question by concluding that because an artificial intelligence machine is not a person, it cannot be considered as an “inventor” for the purposes of Sections 7 and 13 of the UK Patents Act. This article will provide a brief overview of the decision. … More Does the Qualification of “Inventor” under Patent Law extend to Artificial Intelligence?

A Brief Overview of Norman v UK (Application no. 41387/17)

The European Court of Human Rights published its judgement in the case of Norman v UK (Application no. 41387/17) on the 6th of July, 2021. Mr Robert Norman, a prison officer at Belmarsh Prison, was convicted of misconduct in public office in 2015 for providing a tabloid journalist with a range of information in exchange for money. The newspaper subsequently disclosed his name to the police in the context of an investigation into allegations of inappropriate payments by newspapers to public officials. The applicant was prosecuted and convicted of misconduct in public office. The ECtHR ruled that there was no breach of Article 7 or Article 10 of the ECHR. … More A Brief Overview of Norman v UK (Application no. 41387/17)

Animal Rights – The Right Thing to Do

With a recent spike in reports specifically pertaining to animal dumping and animal cruelty, it is only pertinent to revisit the relevant laws in Malaysia relating to animal welfare. To date, Malaysia has two acts that govern the welfare of animals, namely the Animals Act 1953 (Act 647) and the Animal Welfare Act 2015 (Act 772). This article aims to explore the history behind these legislations as well as provide a brief overview on some key areas governed under the Acts. … More Animal Rights – The Right Thing to Do

The Run Down on the Merdeka Asean Green SRI Sukuk Programme

More corporations are finding ways in which to establish Green Sukuk programmes in order to not only be Shariah-compliant in their investments, but also to advocate for the development of a greener society in the years to come.

This article will explore one such initiative, which is the Merdeka Asean Green SRI Sukuk Programme. … More The Run Down on the Merdeka Asean Green SRI Sukuk Programme

Facebook’s Hate Speech Policy – A Violation of German Constitutional Rights

In its ruling on the 29th of July, the Federal Court of Justice in Germany held that Facebook’s hate speech policy is in breach of their citizens’ constitutional rights. This is a landmark decision for social media companies, especially with regards to their policing of content and the balance of fundamental rights that need to be maintained.

Although the full grounds of judgement have yet to be published, this case update will focus on the summary judgement and the rationale behind the courts decision. … More Facebook’s Hate Speech Policy – A Violation of German Constitutional Rights

Malaysian Drug Syndicate Crippled in Australia

The Australian police today have managed to bring down a Malaysian drug syndicate. The syndicate is believed to have smuggled millions of ringgit worth of drugs into Australia. Altogether, the Australian police have arrested 5 alleged members of the Malaysian syndicate, where 4 of them had prior drug-related offences. … More Malaysian Drug Syndicate Crippled in Australia

Syed Saddiq Charged with Criminal Breach of Trust and Dishonest Misappropriation

Member of Parliament for Muar, Mr Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman, has been charged with two counts of criminal breach of trust and dishonest misappropriation amounting to RM1.2 million.

The MP has pleaded not guilty for both counts, and the next mention has been set for 10 September 2021. … More Syed Saddiq Charged with Criminal Breach of Trust and Dishonest Misappropriation