Tort Law

Next pays up $400,000

Next Magazine paid $400,002 to end a libel suit brought by Oriental Press Group, which said the magazine had run a defamatory article in December 1995 about the group's share price.

Friday, 12 January, 2001, 12:00am

Defamatory article

Ming Pao Daily News yesterday admitted publishing an article containing defamatory remarks against Oriental Daily Publishers Ltd, which accepted $50,000 damages.

12 Sep 2000 - 12:00am

Publishing company guilty of defamation

A High Court jury yesterday found Next Magazine Publishing and its chief editor liable for the publication of a defamatory article against Oriental Press Group director Ma Ching-fat.

18 Jul 2000 - 12:00am

Arrests made over pirate software sold online

Pirate computer-software dealers are taking orders online and delivering copies to customers within 24 hours, Customs investigators say.

Customs officers arrested the owner of an Internet services company in Ap Lei Chau and the owner of a secretarial services company in Mongkok on Thursday in connection with the operation.

24 Jun 2000 - 12:00am

Tussle over higher payout for lung disease

The labour chief and a leading unionist are embroiled in a tug-of-war over an attempt to raise compensation by 50 per cent for families of victims of a lung disease.

Lee Cheuk-yan was busy counter-lobbying Liberals and independents last night after Education and Manpower Secretary Joseph Wong Wing-ping appealed to all members to vote against Mr Lee's resolution in Legco today.

14 Jun 2000 - 12:00am

Court decides if finder is keeper

The right to hold on to lost property depends on where it is found, circumstances involved Do you agree that a person who accidentally finds a gold watch on the street should be entitled to possess it? It seems to be a deep-rooted principle that the finder would be given the right to keep the goods when the true owner cannot be found.

26 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Steady Safe disclaimer likely

Indonesian taxi company Steady Safe has announced its auditor will probably attach a disclaimer opinion to its results for last year, stemming from uncertainty over the status of its debts to the bankrupt Hong Kong-based investment bank Peregrine Fixed Income. The announcement came despite a Jakarta Stock Exchange threat that such a move could lead to the company being delisted.

19 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Nuisance calls jam 999 emergency line

ONLY one in four 999 calls last month were genuine. The Regional Command Control Centres received 250,645 calls, of which 181,922, or 73 per cent, were nuisance calls. Only 7,792 calls required a police response.

16 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

No-fault compensation comes out tops

One of the problems with accident compensation is the delay in the delivery of tort judgments and damages. In Hong Kong, the majority of judgments are delivered about two to four years after the accident.

This delay often causes anxiety and financial hardship for the victim. Delays are seldom reported when payments are made under the Employees' Compensation Ordinance.

16 Feb 2000 - 12:00am

Two systems for claiming compensation

Living in a modern, complex and dangerous city like Hong Kong, there is a good chance that ordinary residents will have to deal with accident compensation.

In 1997, 247 fatal accidents and 62,529 non-fatal accidents were reported at work. These figures make clear the need for an effective system for compensating and rehabilitating victims.

9 Feb 2000 - 12:00am

Piracy row continues as fair closes

The war of words between the Small and Medium Business Association and the Trade Development Council (TDC) continued yesterday over the council's anti-piracy measures at the Hong Kong Toys and Games Fair.

The fair, the third-largest of its kind in the world, ended yesterday with 86 complaints of intellectual property rights infringement.

14 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Record giants sue mainland Web sites

A number of the world's biggest recording companies have joined forces to begin legal action against two mainland-based Web sites distributing Cantonese and Mandarin hits over the Internet.

16 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Trainer Kan files lawsuit against newspaper for defamation

HORSE trainer Brian Kan Ping-chee has filed a High Court lawsuit against a newspaper and one of its writers for publishing allegedly defamatory remarks. Jig Yip Ma Pao Ltd and Tai Noi Ko Sau were named as the defendants.

5 Dec 1999 - 12:00am


POON Ying-fai is a sprightly 73-year-old who has been active in managing the industrial building in Kwai Chung where his printing factory is based. But trouble began soon after he relinquished his 10-year position as chairman of its owners' committee last summer.

5 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Law change 'would hit legal disc makers'

Legitimate video disc factories would face closure under a new plan to make piracy and counterfeiting offences under the Organised and Serious Crimes Ordinance, operators said yesterday.

The Optical Disc Manufacturing and Technologies Association said the proposed amendments would mean heavier penalties and confiscation of assets.

2 Dec 1999 - 12:00am