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The ruling follows a request for advice from The Netherlands about three gay refugees seeking asylum from Uganda, Sierra Leone and Senegal

Anger at Italy foreign staff rights

A Scottish university lecturer working in Italy pleaded for EU help today against a bizarre Italian move to wipe the legal rights of foreign workers from the statute book.

Treasury faces £500m battle over stamp duty claims

The Treasury is facing potential legal claims of at least £500m after the High Court let companies share costs in seeking repayment of stamp duties on share issues.

Changes to EU law mean cut in pension income for men

Men approaching retirement face a substantial cut in their pension income if changes to EU law get the green light.

Business Diary: Crozier's run-in with the law

Poor old Adam Crozier. His colleagues rather dropped the new chief executive of ITV in it during the period before he took up his post.

Government vow to fight 'benefit tourism' move

The Government today vowed to fight the European Commission over efforts by Brussels to lift British social security restrictions designed to curb "benefit tourism".

Business Diary: A crack in Lego's brick wall

Bad news for Lego, the Danish toy manufacturer with which the world has grown up. Its bricks – specifically the most basic 4x2 block – have long been protected by European trademark law, preventing rivals from offering similar products. Now the European Court of Justice has upheld a complaint from Canada's Mega Brands, the maker of Mega Bloks, that trademark protection can't be extended to a shape in this way. There's no room for sentimentality in the courtroom.

EU judges rule out Lego trademark

The Lego brick, one of the most instantly recognised toys in the world, cannot be trademarked, European judges ruled today.

David Prosser: Flying into more trouble on airlines

Outlook Sooner or later, the European Commission is going to have to think again about the complicated and often draconian rules governing what airlines must do in the event of delays or cancellations of their flights. The airline industry has just been buoyed by a High Court victory, which will require the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to look again at new rules it effectively introduced last year, but the system is a mess.

Maastricht marijuana is for locals only, rules EU

No drugs please, you're foreigners.

EU ruling revives Telefonica's Vivo bid

Telefonica's attempt to assume control of Brazil's leading mobile phone operator, Vivo, edged closer to a conclusion yesterday after the European Court of Justice ruled against a key hurdle to the takeover.

Mobile telcos lose roaming challenge

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) yesterday upheld laws forcing mobile operators to cut roaming charges in the face of a legal challenge from Vodafone, O2, T-Mobile and Orange. The regulations, first passed by the European Commission in 2007, cap call charges at 49 euro cents (41p) per minute for making a call and 24 euro cents per minute for receiving one while travelling abroad, with further reductions due in 2011.

High Court lets Treasury off the hook on VAT refunds, but appeals loom

Ministers are are breathing a sigh of relief after a landmark High Court ruling appeared to indicate that the Treasury will not have to find billions of pounds to pay additional compensation to businesses it has accepted are owed refunds of value added tax (VAT).

Terror suspects' wives can claim benefits, EU judges rule

Treasury restrictions on State handouts to the wives of terrorist suspects are illegal, European judges ruled today.

'Great Hamster of Alsace' blocks march of business

It is only 10in long and spends half the time hibernating, but it could still block the march of business in one corner of France. No wonder it is named the "Great Hamster of Alsace".

Mini porn shows lose tax exempt battle

Sex shops showing films in cubicles lost their battle today to charge the same lower VAT rate as ordinary cinemas.

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