Articles by Ellen Milligan

Argument in London Pub Between U.S., British Agents Is Focus of UK Employment Suit

An insult-laden spat at a London pub that strained relations between U.S. and British law-enforcement agencies is at the center of a employment tribunal lawsuit against the UK Serious Fraud Office. Tom Martin, an investigator at the SFO, was fired …

Uber Granted 18-Month License Extension in London After Legal Review

Uber Technologies Inc. won the ability to continue operating in its biggest European market after a London judge granted the ride-hailing service an 18-month license extension. Uber did enough to satisfy the court that it was now “fit and proper” …

Google’s YouTube Sued for $3 Billion in UK over Use of Children’s Data

Alphabet Inc.’s Google faces a multibillion-dollar lawsuit in the UK over claims that YouTube routinely breaks privacy laws by tracking children online. The suit, filed on behalf of more than 5 million British children under 13 and their parents, is …

Update: Uber Braces for UK Legal Battles that Could End Its Reign in London

Uber Technologies Inc. is bracing for a long summer of legal battles that could see the end of its reign in London and entitle its drivers to a long list of workers’ rights. A dispute over whether its drivers should …

From Enron to Wirecard – Big 4 Accounting Firms Still Face Systemic Problems

Two decades of financial disasters from Enron Inc.’s collapse in 2001 to Wirecard AG’s meltdown have left the Big Four accounting firms facing a major cultural problem that regulators may struggle to resolve. The 1.9 billion euros ($2.1 billion) missing …

Two UK Court Rulings Limit Corporate Responsibility for Employee Conduct

UK companies may let out a “sigh of relief” after Barclays Plc and Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc won a pair of Supreme Court cases that drastically limit corporate responsibility for employee conduct. First, the court said Morrisons wasn’t responsible for …

Shell Units Sued in U.K. over Massive Nigerian Oil Spill in 2011

Two Royal Dutch Shell Plc units were sued over their involvement in one of the largest oil spills in Nigeria’s history. Shell Nigeria Exploration & Production Co. and Shell International Trading & Shipping Co. allegedly undermined the emergency response to …

Google Faces $3.9B iPhone Privacy Lawsuit After London Court Reinstates Case

A U.K. lawsuit filed against Google by millions of iPhone users over data-collection claims was given the go-ahead by London appeals judges who overturned an earlier ruling that had thrown out the case. The group, known as Google You Owe …

Companies Still Learning About Fire Risks Around Robots

The Andover fire brigade was alerted at 2.34 a.m. About 2 miles across town, a fire had broken out in the early hours of Feb. 5 at a state-of-the-art Ocado Group Plc warehouse. Within minutes, firefighters were tackling a blaze …

UK Online Grocer Ocado Learns Lessons About Robotic Warehouses After Massive Fire

The Andover fire brigade was alerted at 2.34 a.m. About 2 miles across town, a fire had broken out in the early hours of Feb. 5 at a state-of-the-art Ocado Group Plc warehouse. Within minutes, firefighters were tackling a blaze …