Tort Law

Jail term for piracy 'should deter others'

A five-month jail term imposed on a 36-year-old computer shop owner for selling computers with unlicensed software should serve as a warning of the consequences of such criminal action, the Customs and Excise Department said yesterday.

Thursday, 18 September, 2008, 12:00am

Slow response to touts for injury suits criticised

Agents problem 'evident for years'

The government has drawn flak for its slow response to errant recovery agents who help accident victims claim compensation to share in the resulting gains.

10 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Data loss sparks call for damages

Government payouts urged by legal experts

The government should take the initiative to compensate patients who had copies of their personal details, including medical records, lost by the Hospital Authority, lawyers said yesterday.

26 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Judge questions impartiality of medical experts

Fears of 'hired gun' doctors in court

A High Court judge has called for new arrangements to ensure doctors are not 'hired guns' and maintain their independence when giving medical opinions in court.

Mr Justice David Yam Yee-kwan said doctors should be jointly appointed by the plaintiff and defendant, and not told for which side they were giving evidence.

21 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Compensation proves elusive for long-suffering patients

Once the dust settled on the Sars crisis, another battle unfolded as victims and their families considered legal options over the loss and suffering endured during the epidemic.

But legal sources say that five years on, many Sars patients still suffering the long-term effects of their treatment have been unable to sue the Hospital Authority for compensation.

25 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Appeal court wants clear defamation test

The Court of Appeal has sought to clarify the test by which accusations of defamation should be measured by the city's courts.

14 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Environmental protection

Paper 1a

Sometimes you will need to turn written information into graphic form, maybe a mind map, a flow chart or a bar-graph. Read the interview with a government officer and complete the flow chart as you do so.

Can you tell me the procedure followed in the case of an environmental nuisance?

31 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

A fairer system to help remedy medical mistakes

The tort system of compensation for medical injury is the dominant legal remedy in most parts of the world. However, in modern health care this approach has become increasingly anachronistic and newer, fairer systems are being introduced.

30 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Copyright watchdog seeks stiffer penalties to rein in Net violators

The mainland's copyright watchdog is pressing for harsher penalties for copyright infringement in an attempt to rein in rampant violation of the law on the internet, including unauthorised distribution of popular Hong Kong TV dramas.

18 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Nine charged with copyright infringements over toys at fair

Seven mainlanders and two Hong Kong men will appear in court today after customs officers arrested them at eight booths and seized 28 products that breached copyright at the Hong Kong Toys and Games Fair.

10 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Ex-deputy director regrets 'negligence' on health plan

A former deputy executive director of the Tourism Board has admitted negligence over an extravagant insurance plan enjoyed by executive director Clara Chong Ming-wah.

14 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Help for companies over tougher piracy laws

Directors and partners who face criminal prosecution from next year if found liable for software piracy in their companies are getting help from the government to prepare for the new rules.

A consultancy programme has been launched to advise businesses on software management and avoiding piracy in the workplace.

9 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Mother sues hospital for HK$10m

The Hospital Authority is being sued for more than HK$10 million for alleged negligence by its surgeons during surgery to correct two congenital heart defects that left a baby boy unable to move his feet.

Irene Tang Oi-lin is seeking the damages after her son was diagnosed with a spinal cord injury as a result of blood deficiency after two operations at Grantham Hospital.

8 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

'No win, no fee': lawyers see risks

Law advisers' legal aid idea unfair, says veteran solicitor

Lawyers yesterday expressed concern that they would bear the highest financial risks under the conditional legal aid fund proposed by the Law Reform Commission.

10 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Fighting digital piracy an uphill struggle

With rapid technological progress and boundless cyberspace, the battle to combat digital piracy is fraught with difficulties.

While uploaders of copyrighted digital content are liable for prosecution, the downloaders are more difficult to catch.

28 May 2007 - 12:00am