Bombay High Court

Amarchand to split in two firms on 1 April (but ET rumours of Bharucha-Shardul tie-up almost certainly false)

Law ministry proposes renaming Bombay & Madras high courts to Mumbai & Chennai

The Department of Justice in the law ministry has begun drafting a bill to rename the Bombay and Madras high courts to Mumbai and Chennai high courts, respectively, reported the PTI.

The two high courts were established under the Indian High Court Act, 1861 alongside the Calcutta high court, and have so far resisted attempts to be renamed in line with their hosting cities.

Mafatlal socialite wedding's 14-year-old disputed debt to Taj hotels returns to Bombay civil court with Mulla & Mulla

Mediation & Cyril Shroff affidavit deadline extended to Feb in Amarchand dispute

The deadline for filing the Bombay high court counter affidavit by Amarchand Mangaldas Mumbai managing partner Cyril Shroff to rebut his brother Shardul’s case has been extended for the second time to 20 February 2015.

The court-sanctioned mediation between the brothers has been extended too from its earlier closing date of 31 December 2014 to the end fo January, after a Bombay high court hearing yesterday.

Shardul Shroff in talks to open offices on brother's turf as mechanics of 2 Amarchands raised in mediation [Update-1]

Bombay HC rejects advocate’s service tax argument that lawyers provide no “value addition” for clients

Cyril Shroff affidavit deadline extended to 31 December as mediation between Amarchand Mumbai-Delhi continues

Cong challenges BJP gov't Maha assembly majority in Bombay HC

The Congress’ Maharashtra unit Wednesday moved Bombay high court challenging the constitutional validity of the Devendra Fadnavis-led BJP government and seeking its dismissal.

Former minister M Naseem Khan filed a writ petition before the court questioning the constitutional validity of the nearly month-old government and terming it as “illegal”.

Justice VM Kanade has posted the matter for hearing Friday (Nov 28), he said.

After the Oct 15 elections, Maharashtra threw up a fractured verdict in which the Bharatiya Janata Party secured 123 seats (which came to 122 after a legislator’s death), the Shiv Sena got 63, the Congress 42 and the Nationalist Congress Party 41, with the remaining 18 going to independents and smaller parties.

“Fadnavis approached the Governor C V Rao to stake claim to form the government claiming it had the requisite majority in the 288-member assembly, and was asked to prove it (majority) within 15 days,” Khan, a legislator from Mumbai, told IANS

However, Khan said that the vote of confidence in the assembly Nov 12 was passed by a voice vote.

“Nobody knows how many MLAs (legislators) voted in favour of the government or against it in the voice vote. Our stand is that this remains a minority government which does not enjoy the confidence of the house and must be dismissed immediately,” he contended.

Later the Congress and Shiv Sena had led separate delegations to Governor Rao questioning the validity of the Nov 12 trust vote.

Khan also claimed that all the major decisions taken by this government are “illegal” and must be set aside.

Former additional solicitor-general of India B A Desai and former solicitor-general of India TR Andhyarujina will appear on behalf of Khan in the case.

Fadnavis was sworn-in as chief minister Oct 31 at the head of a 10-member ministry which is likely to be expanded shortly.

In one of latter-day rare cases, SC upholds death sentence

BMR wins for Shell, as BHC follows Vodafone transfer pricing precedent

More to come? Cyril Shroff to file affidavit showing Shardul ‘deeply involved’ in making of mother’s controversial will [READ ORDER]

Cyril Shroff: To file affidavitCyril Shroff: To file affidavitSenior counsel Iqbal Chagla told the Bombay high court in his closing remarks that his client Cyril Shroff would be filing an affidavit showing the “deep involvement” of his brother in the will.

After gloves came off in Bombay HC Shroff vs Shroff, Amarchand brothers agree to mediate with Salve, Justice Srikrishna, Kampani

Shroff family firm turns family feudShroff family firm turns family feud Live from Bombay high court court room number 10 today, before Justice RD Dhanuka.

Why (and how) does a Bombaywala advocate of 20 years shift to Delhi?

ChitnisChitnisSeveral months ago a born-and-bred Mumbaikar advocate returned all of his Bombay high court briefs and literally drove his BMW to make Delhi and the Supreme Court his new home. Why?

6 things all Bombay HC juniors must learn to become a superstar of the Original Side

Bombay HCBombay HC Are you dreaming of becoming the next superstar Bombay counsel like Fali Nariman or Janak Dwarkadas?

Bombay HC issues criminal contempt on Mirror for reporting what happened in court & ‘caricature’

Mumbai Mirror report of proceedings and 'caricature'Mumbai Mirror report of proceedings and 'caricature'The Bombay high court has served a show cause contempt notice on the Mumbai Mirror for reporting a litigant’s allegation made in court earlier this year that a judge hearing was corrupt.

Bombay HC rules for Vodafone, Salve & Duttmenon over Rs 3,200 transfer pricing tax bill: To affect 20+ other cos [READ JUDGMENT]

Bombay HC fines Rs 40 lakh exemplary penal costs on 'sponsored', meritless litigants against developer, but grants stay anyway

The Bombay high court has ordered costs of Rs 40 lakh against 10 petitioners who filed a property matter that Justice Gautam Patel called a “sponsored” petition “without the faintest glimmer of merit. It is precisely the kind of litigation -- speculative, lacking in bonafides, sponsored, an abuse of process of law and of the court and perhaps even a fraud on the court -- that our Supreme Court has repeatedly decried and deprecated, even said should be visited with exemplary and penal costs".

The costs were to be paid to the respondent developer, who claimed that they had to spend significant costs defending themselves against the action, reported the PTI, though the court nevertheless intermittently stayed the development of land the petitioners had challenged so they could launch an appeal.

Sunburn Festival defamation case over 'kickbacks' drags in Goa CM

11 new Bombay senior counsel include 1 law firm partner from ELP, 3 from outside, 1 woman

Bombay high courtThe Bombay high court has designated 11 new senior counsel, including three outside Mumbai, Economic Laws Practice (ELP) partner Vikram Nankani, and one woman.

Candy Crush-maker King.com taps Khaitan & Co again for Bombay HC IP injunction

Candy CrushKhaitan & Co won a copyright infringement suit in the Bombay high court for once-$7.6bn King.com, the creator of the hugely popular mobile device game Candy Crush Saga .

BKC HC: Advocates group wants to expand Bombay HC into Bandra-Kurla Complex

The Advocates’ Association of Western India (AAWI) has asked chief minister Prithviraj Chavan that an extension to the Bombay high court should be built in the Bandra Kurla Complex in the Mumbai suburbs, to allow for more courts, chambers and storage of documents DNA

Bombay judge suspended for inappropriate & offensive staring at woman

Sessions court judge MT Gaikwad has been suspended in South Mumbai after a preliminary inquiry about a complaint from a female member of the court staff complained of his “inappropriate behaviour” - in particular, by staring at her in an offensive manner, reported the PTI. The preliminary inquiry was conducted by special judge SD Tulankar, with Gaikwad now facing a departmental inquiry.

Bombay HC judge moves for contempt over allegation her husband offered favourable ruling for Rs 25 lakh

Bombay HC: Hot turf Bombay high court Justice Roshan Dalvi has been accused of corruption by producer Sanjay Punamiya in a nine-page complaint, alleging that her husband Shamim Dalvi told his lawyer in March that for Rs 25 lakh he could get his wife to pass a favourable order in the case before her

Bombay HC refuses Naik Naik, Anurag Kashyap relief over 'smoking is bad for you' pop-up warnings

The Bombay high court has declined granting interim relief to movie director and producer Anurag Kashyap over a challenge of the government's rule to superimpose a "smoking is injurious to health" warning on movies whenever a cigarette is shown on screen.

The Censor Board had not given one of Kashyap's movie a certificate after he refused to include the warning in his movie Ugly. However, Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice MS Sanklecha said it would not grant interim relief and said he'd have to petition the central government to change the rule. [PTI]

Naik Naik & Co represented Kashyap, according to the Bombay high court's causelist of today.

NSE drags intermediary giant GoDaddy to Bombay HC for hosting allegedly infringing content

The National Stock Exchange (NSE) has alleged that Hyderabad-based firm Manshi Systems has been selling customers access to a subscription-only NSE service. The stock exchange has now started proceedings in the Bombay high court against the firm and, significantly, also against the Indian subsidiary of the firm's web hosting company GoDaddy, which is the world's largest domain name registrar.

The NSE is represented by Krishna and Saurastri Associates partner Manish Saurastri. Cyber lawyer Pavan Duggal told Mint that under the IT Act, intermediaries, such as GoDaddy, would have to prove in court that they had exercised due diligence against copyright infringement.

The story did not specify whether GoDaddy, which apparently manages 57m domain names, received and ignored any takedown requests from the NSE before the court case, or whether it otherwise failed to be diligent in spotting the allegedly infringing service. [Mint]

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