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  • Times were hard back then: 28 years of MicroScope funnies (10)

    If you think times are tough now in the computing industry, you should have seen it in the early days. Think of the poor managing director of a failed company spotted in conference with five burly representatives of an aggrieved component supplie... 

  • Never knowingly refused?

    John Lewis, theretailer, is to introduce a policy which will go well beyond any legal obligation to please consumers. Whilst the firm is well known for its 'never knowingly undersold' warranty that means that it aims to always be the cheapest on... 

  • When IT was a world of sex and alcohol: 28 years of MicroScope funnies (4)

    People like to say the Germans have no sense of humour, but Soap has recorded proof to the contrary. Back in 1987, microcomputer manufacturer Altos Computer Systems (remember Altos?) sent a telex (remember them?) to its German operation asking for a ... 

  • Misleading Advertising - don't

    The UK's consumer protection legislation has been beefed up in recent years, most notably with the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 (CPRs) which bans unfair commercial practices. In a high profile case, two brothers - Vic... 

  • Sniping the snoopers

    BusinessMan posted on 3 March that following a Press Complaints Commission case involving Twitter users should not expect to have any privacy when it comes to social media postings. Well as soon as the ruling was made the EU Justice Minister, Vi... 

  • Employees must be reasonable

    A recent case illustrates that employees must be reasonable when it comes to settlement offers. Mr Rondeau brought a claim against his former employer, G4S, for discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. G4S twice offered Rondeau a set... 

  • Making a mountain where there might not be a mole

    Have you heard about the Google mole in Twitter? There's a load of stories about it. A quick search on Google News today (8 April) brought up 15 versions of the story. Given the number of references to the story, you would expect there to be some... 

  • Cookie Monster

    A new directive from Europe concerning the use of website cookies is set to take effect on 25 May says the Government. However, the Information Commissioner reckons that the law won't take effect until the autumn. The change is designed to force... 

  • Guarding trade marks

    Trademarks are jealously guarded by rights holders. The reason is simple - by letting trademark abuse occur the right to the mark (and the business) evapourates. There is a general principle in this area of law which allows for someone to use th... 

  • Forced resignation

    A tribunal, in the case of Patel v Matalan Retail Ltd, has found that an employee, who was 'forced' by his employer to resign, was unfairly dismissed. Mr Patel attended a disciplinary hearing following two procedural staffing breaches, in the co...