The Case of Mr. Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan alleges violation of his ‘publicity rights as a celebrity’ as has also been recognized by this Court in Titan Industries Ltd. v. Ramkumar Jewellers, 2012 SCC OnLine Del 2382. It cannot seriously be disputed, Amitabh Bachchan is a well-known personality and is also represented in various advertisements. Amitabh Bachchan is aggrieved by unauthorized […]

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Indira Jaising

October, 1980 – Abdul Rahman Antulay set up Indira Gandhi Pratibha Pratisthan Trust which had Respondent Nos. 2 and 3 as Trustees. It was a prayer, Court should issue a Writ of Quo Warranto declaring Respondents Nos. 2 and 3 disqualified from continuing to hold office.   _____ This constitutional action stands in a class by […]

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The Doctrine of Blue Pencil

An insurance contract by its very nature mandates disclosure of all ‘material facts’ by both parties. Manmohan Nanda v. United Insurance, (2022) 4 SCC 582 summarizes same. A contract meant to cover a shop situated in a basement had an exclusion clause which specified, the contract did not cover the basement. Tata AIG General Insurance […]

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Faraaz

As discussed, right to privacy is not inheritable by heirs of deceased. Plaintiffs may have been successful if their personal right to privacy was in any way being infringed by making of this movie. But, unfortunately, no such circumstance has been pleaded by Plaintiffs. It is asserted, Plaintiffs are entitled to be left alone, to […]

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Lord Hale’s Ghost Returns

The concept of dignity forms the very foundation to the Constitution and the rights enshrined in it [Kesavananda Bharati v. State of Kerala, (1973) 4 SCC 225]. _____ Statutes are considered to be ‘always speaking’ [Dharni Sugars and Chemicals Ltd. v. Union of India, (2019) 5 SCC 480]. Court’s power to purposively interpret a statutory […]

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Uno Minda v. Minda Uto

Plaintiffs cannot seek a restraint against Defendants from using their registered trademark ‘MINDA UTO’ for Plaintiffs do not have registration for said goods under Class 04 while Defendants do. In view of Section 31 of The Trade Marks Act, 1999 registration of the trademark is prima facie evidence of its validity in favor of Defendants. […]

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Domain Name III

Learned Single Judge did not agree, Courts in Delhi could have jurisdiction. It does not take much in the virtual world to masquerade as somebody else. According to us, principles surrounding territorial jurisdiction, in cases of online trade via internet websites, are fairly well established. Even if a website is not directed at customers in […]

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White Lace v. Wild Lake

Plaintiff has ‘WHITE LACE’ gin, ‘WHITE LACE’ vodka et cetera. It is submitted, on account of long, continuous and extensive use of the trade mark ‘WHITE LACE’ in relation to alcoholic beverages, Plaintiff has attained immense goodwill and reputation. It is submitted, Defendant has been selling identical products under the impugned mark: ‘WILD LAKE’.   […]

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Exhumation

15.11.2021 There was an encounter between Militants and Police at Hyderpora area of Budgam in Kashmir. Four Militants were shot dead including Amir Latief Magrey, son of Mohammad Latief Magrey. Ultimately, the body was buried at Wadder Payeen Graveyard. Hon’ble Justice Sanjeev Kumar, High Court of Jammu & Kashmir & Ladakh, 27.05.2022: When dead bodies […]

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Star

HTC Corporation v. L.V. Degao, 2022 SCC OnLine Del 953 has held, where there are two registered trademarks, registration of the later trade mark may be refused or cancelled: (i) when deception or confusion results, (ii) there is a dishonest user, (iii) subsequent use is without due cause, (iv) there is bad faith, or (v) […]

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Bolt, Pre-Litigation Mediation

Estonia-based-Plaintiff submits, Defendants are using an identical mark ‘BOLT’ with an identical color scheme. Plaintiff: SC has held, when an urgent interim relief is being sought, suit can be filed without resorting to pre-litigation mediation. Defendants: SC has held, with effect from 20.08.2022, pre-litigation mediation under Section 12A of The Commercial Courts Act, 2015 is […]

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No Bottle, Just Bottle

Plaintiffs claim, lock, stock and barrel copying by Defendant. Defendant labels both Plaintiffs and itself as pirates, sailing in high seas of prior art(s). Hipster Bottles were launched by Plaintiff No. 1 in India in May, 2019. Plaintiff No. 1 is Proprietor of Registered Design No. 306577 in terms of Section 2(1)(j) of The Designs […]

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Remains of Gunpowder

Learned Counsel for Appellant has submitted, Complainant has a close nexus with Police Department as his Father is a Retired Inspector and his Brother and Sister are also Police Officers. Appellant has also brought to notice, Complainant had registered another criminal case in which Appellant already stands acquitted. Appellant claims to be falsely implicated, owing […]

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Abhorrent Godhra

There was unrest and violence all across State of Gujarat…   It is only because of Mr. Sanjiv Bhatt and Mr. Haren Pandya, who unabashedly claimed to be privy to utterances made, Court was required to move into action taking serious note of same. But, after thorough investigation by SIT, falsity of such claim has […]

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Bail For Narcotics

Hon’ble Justice Anu Malhotra of Hon’ble High Court of Delhi, Ebera Nwanaforo v. Narcotics Control Bureau, [Bail Appln. No. 3705 of 2020] and Frank Vitus v. Narcotics Control Bureau, [Bail Application No. 4187 of 2020] decided on 31.05.2022. Directions in Supreme Court Legal Aid Committee v. Union of India, (1994) 6 SCC 731 cannot be […]

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How Gourango Lost His O

CAUTION: NOT ALL IS REVEALED, NOT ALL IS EXPLAINED “Bhai, I want you to come with me…” he paused, unsure. “Where to?” Gourango blurted out impatiently. “To the Nizamuddin Dargah. Today is Thursday. They have qawwali singers who shall sing for the Saint. I am going. I would be so honoured if you would come […]

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Navjot Singh Sidhu

Original controversy emanates from an FIR, dated 27.12.1988, registered by Sub-Inspector of P.S. Kotwali of Patiala District, Punjab on basis of information about an occurrence around 12:30 PM at Battian Wala Chowk. In our view, some material aspects have been missed out at stage of sentencing. International Cricketer, Navjot Singh Sidhu was tall and well-built. […]

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