Tort Law

Neighbours headed for court over scaffolding

Two neighbours are heading for court after a woman claimed the construction of bamboo scaffolding on her balcony for renovation work on the flat above had left her psychologically damaged.

Thursday, 31 May, 2012, 12:00am

What does 'false imprisonment' mean?

Incarceration is not the key in proving false imprisonment, a legislator and barrister say. The issue is whether the person was intentionally confined without consent - and that could be a criminal offence.

7 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Angry patients blame and beat up the doctors

Families dressed in mourning clothes are a regular sight at mainland hospitals, as are attacks on doctors by disgruntled patients or their relatives.

23 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Reputation and ruin

Ensuring freedom of speech can be a tricky balancing act. One person's right to say what they want is constrained by another person's right not to be defamed. Rights come with responsibilities.

22 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Row over funding of court battles

Tens of millions of dollars in legal aid is being pumped into a mounting number of judicial review cases - many of them challenges to government policies. And that's sparked a row about whether the fund is being abused for the benefit of lawyers.

20 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Damages slashed in saga over 'blackmail'

The Court of Appeal yesterday lowered the damages a woman must pay a private investigator whom she accused of blackmail - and with whom she had a sexual relationship after hiring him to find out whether her lover was having an affair.

26 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Ryan Giggs case a pointer to reform

Striking a balance between freedom of speech and the protection of privacy and reputation can test the values of societies that hold these things dear. It does not help when the law of defamation is complex and predates the emergence of internet forums that enable anyone to make public comments about another person. A current controversy in Britain resonates here.

28 May 2011 - 12:00am

Solicitor jailed for 'no win, no fee' offence to appeal

The first person jailed in Hong Kong under an archaic law covering 'no win, no fee' work by lawyers has been handed hope of a reprieve.

4 May 2011 - 12:00am

The silk purse

Viewed cursorily, the casual observer might conclude that despite the absence of democracy in Hong Kong, we do have that prerequisite of a civilised society, namely equality before the law. Sadly, in certain important respects, any such conclusion would be a serious misapprehension.

29 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Greater scope for state payouts

An amendment to the 15-year-old State Compensation Law, meant to be a cornerstone of the protection of human rights in the mainland's faulty criminal justice system, was approved by the National People's Congress Standing Committee in April last year and came into effect on December 1.

11 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Four held for pirated TV shows sold online

A university student and three of his friends were arrested for operating an internet forum that enabled members to download pirated Japanese TV dramas and cartoon series.

The four are suspected of having uploaded about 2,500 pirated copies onto their forum.

16 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

In the internet age, libel law is ripe for reform

A comment by a Catholic priest last year, which appeared to liken a Hong Kong tycoon to the devil, highlighted the many grey areas surrounding the city's libel laws.

30 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Sister sues former deputy postmaster

A former deputy postmaster has been sued for unspecified damages for slander by a sister who alleges he made defamatory remarks about her outside District Court in April. Li King-kwong, now retired, is being sued by his sister Gailey Li Man-kee in the High Court. She has also named her sister Lee Man-ying and Li King-kwong's wife, Dora Cheng Dor-nor, as defendants.

9 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

HK$1m claim thrown out

A woman yesterday lost a claim for almost HK$1 million in damages from a firm that sells exercise equipment.

Huang Neeracha had sought HK$968,000 from Osim for injuries allegedly sustained while she was trying out an iGallop exercise machine and uZap belt in 2006.

24 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

DBS sues investor over 'wrongful acts'

3 Jun 2010 - 12:00am