Petter v EMC Europe Ltd and another

Conflict of laws – Jurisdiction. The second defendant challenged the court's jurisdiction over the claimant's claim against it and the claimant sought an interim anti-suit injunction against the second defendant restraining proceedings against him in Massachusetts. The Queen's Bench Division, in dismissing the applications, held that it had jurisdiction, as the second defendant could be seen as the claimant's employer under European Parliament and Council Regulation (EU) 1215/2012, although it would not be such as a matter of English law. Further, given an irreconcilable clash between the courts of the United Kingdom and Massachusetts as to jurisdiction, it would not be appropriate to grant the anti-suit injunction.

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