Jane Moir

Sibling rivalry over a family secret

For decades, Winnie Ho Yuen-ki kept a large secret. As sibling rivalry with tycoon Stanley Ho Hung-sun started hitting the headlines, so too would the details of her past become public knowledge.

Thursday, 2 March, 2006, 12:00am

Ting plans appeal against jail term

James Ting plans to mount an appeal against a six-year jail term for falsifying accounts at bankrupt Akai Holdings, reopening the books on Hong Kong's harshest punishment for white-collar crime in nearly a decade.

5 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Runaway e-mails prove that brain-to-finger reflex regularly fails

POLITICIANS HAVE LONG been acquainted with the adage that you should never put anything in writing if you do not want to be found out.

It would seem the financial services industry is still on a learning curve, judging by the recent cyber-slip in which a CLSA country manager gave instructions in an e-mail on how to rig votes for a magazine poll.

24 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Legal firm hit with negligence lawsuit

Law firm Johnson Stokes & Master has been hit with a HK$107 million lawsuit for negligence by two former clients.

Hong Kong-listed China United Holdings and Large Investments, wholly beneficially owned by the property investor and securities trader, claim the law firm failed to advise them properly on a number of occasions.

22 Mar 2003 - 12:00am

New telecoms watchdog to stem foul play

A Competition Affairs Branch is to be set up by the Office of the Telecommunications Authority (Ofta) to clamp down on foul play in the industry, with the Government set to ask legislators to 'substantially augment' the watchdog's resources.

14 Apr 2001 - 12:00am

Guess who is having a quiet one

My, my, how things can change in just 12 months. This time last year, a hot-shot tycoon was preparing for a huge party.

He spent more than HK$20 million jetting in Whitney Houston to sing to the guests, including most of his rich friends.

A star-studded line-up would keep the revellers entertained for 11 hours, following a four-course dinner and a sea of champagne.

30 Dec 2000 - 12:00am

New World Telephone files City Telecom writ

New World Telephone has filed a writ against City Telecom (HK) seeking $28.8 million arising from alleged unpaid service charges, the latest round of litigation between the pair.

A 009 agreement was struck in March this year, whereby New World was to provide a direct dial international switched telephone service, according to a High Court writ.

5 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Swindler fights for $25m

A secretary who swindled Sa Sa International Holdings chief Simon Kwok Siu-ming out of HK$25 million is fighting enforcement of an order to refund the sum in the Swiss courts.

Pauline Ang Su-wen drained the cash from the cosmetics company chairman in July 1997 by exploiting his poor grasp of English and duping him into signing documents he did not understand.

15 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Sino unit faces suit on flats at Palisades

Owners of seven Grand Palisades flats have banded together to slap the developer with a damages lawsuit, the third such class action faced by the Sino Group subsidiary over the Tai Po property.

A total of 25 sole or joint owners of the luxury apartments have now taken legal action against Credit World, a member of the Sino Group and the corporate vehicle for the development.

9 Jul 1999 - 12:00am

Vendor breach puts end to sale

A $77 million property sale has been declared null and void after the seller failed to release the buildings in the required condition.

Belongings, furniture, fixtures and rubbish left in the Kowloon flats meant the seller was unable to deliver vacant possession, a court ruled yesterday.

24 Jun 1999 - 12:00am

Judges' time sheets 'insulting'

Judges have attacked a decision to make them fill in time sheets.

The move by bureaucrats to wrap red tape around the judges has been dubbed insulting by some who object to the insinuation they are 'slacking'.

'Anything that wastes the time of a judge in filling out bits of paper is not a proper use of time,' one senior judge said.

15 May 1999 - 12:00am

Developer battles 'outdated' rule

A property developer has taken the Government to court over restrictions in a 61-year-old crown lease which would cost $74.15 million to bypass.

Glory Duty Investment is seeking to modify a 1938 lease which covers the site it plans to develop to clarify a section which stipulates that it must adhere to the Buildings Ordinance of 1935.

18 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

Jetluxe sues Tangs for $7m

Cash-strapped Eric Tang Yiu-hong and Eugene Tang Yiu-chuen have been struck a further financial blow in the form of a lawsuit seeking $7.9 million from the former German Kitchen directors.

They are being sued by Jetluxe Investment for the alleged unpaid debt as well as interest and costs.

20 Feb 1999 - 12:00am

Virtue group sued for breach of promise

The Hong Kong Society for the Promotion of Virtue is being sued for 'breaking a promise'.

The guardians of morality have refused to pay money they pledged to an architects firm to redevelop a monastery, according to a High Court writ. Jason K. Y. Yuen, trading as Jason K. Y. Yuen & Associates, is seeking $218,165 from the society.

25 Nov 1998 - 12:00am

Poor English gave scam artist chance, judge told

Sa Sa International Holdings boss Simon Kwok Siu-ming's inability to read English was exploited by a trainee assistant who helped herself to nearly $25 million of his money, a court heard yesterday.

The chairman of the cosmetics giant took the witness stand yesterday and told the court he relied on Pauline Ang Su-wen to explain documents printed in English.

18 Nov 1998 - 12:00am