Tort Law

Magazine sued over report on journalist

A JOURNALIST is suing a magazine for allegedly defaming him in an article about his business relationship with former newspaper tycoon Sally Aw Sian.

Sunday, 28 November, 1999, 12:00am

Car-park customer held liable

A motorist who allowed his car to be parked by an employee of a restaurant where he dined was held liable yesterday for injuries suffered by a pedestrian hit by the vehicle.

Yau Kwok-keung was ordered to pay damages of $500,000 to victim So Wing-kwon, 29, a graphic designer, who injured his leg and shoulder.

25 Nov 1999 - 12:00am

Nuisance calls bug 999 hotline

About 73 per cent of 253,146 calls to the 999 emergency hotline last month were nuisance ones.

Of the 68,695 genuine calls, only 12 per cent were emergencies.

15 Nov 1999 - 12:00am

Crackdown on piracy 'makes us scapegoats'

Legal video disc factories face being shut by moves to crack down on piracy, it was claimed yesterday.

The Optical Disc Manufacturing and Technologies Association said legal operators had been made scapegoats because of the lack of government support in copyright verification.

23 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Police constable files writ

A policewoman who suffered 'serious damage' to her knee in two accidents while training is suing the commissioner of police for damages.

4 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Puzzled

Some of us are worried over the safety of the rule of law in Hong Kong. That worry is as nothing compared to what one might feel about the rule of law in the US.

18 Jul 1999 - 12:00am

Attempt to blame mother blasted

The mother of a 10-year-old boy was cleared by a judge yesterday of all blame for an accident in which her son was knocked down by a car and seriously injured when she was collecting him from school.

Mr Justice Conrad Seagroatt branded the attempt to make the depressed woman bear some responsibility 'wholly unreasonable and with no proper basis'.

23 Jun 1999 - 12:00am

Crash officer shoots for damages

A PRISON officer who claims injuries suffered in a car crash prevent him from taking part in an annual shooting test has launched a damages action against the driver he blames for the accident.

20 Jun 1999 - 12:00am

Comments can lead to court

Claims for defamation are made when a person feels unhappy about comments and criticism made regarding their reputation.

A recent example was the succesful lawsuit by lawyer Paul Tse Wai-chun against talk show host Albert Cheng King-hon.

5 May 1999 - 12:00am

Lucky escape

Schoolboy Yiu Ching-bor, 11, escaped serious injury after being knocked down and trapped under a single-decker Citybus in Bonham Road, Mid-Levels. He was freed by firefighters and taken to Queen Mary Hospital in stable condition.

30 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Keeping check

Without the Auditor's scrutiny to keep government departments on their toes, a considerable waste of money and manpower would probably pass unchecked.

22 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Stiff upper lip cast out in lawsuit mania

A new compensation culture is sweeping Britain, with citizens demanding payment for anything from accidents to problems at work.

One man who had been drinking in a pub for eight hours and tripped on his way home recently received more than GBP100,000 (HK$1.24 million) in compensation from the local authority responsible.

22 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Civil servants free to pursue libel suits without chief's approval

It has become easier for civil servants to launch libel lawsuits arising from their official duties.

Instead of obtaining approval from the Secretary for Civil Service, they now need only inform him.

The change follows amendments that relaxed long-standing civil service regulations on defamation and government legal assistance earlier this year.

6 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Fine those consumers who help the pirates

I completely agree with the proposed legislation to make it illegal to purchase pirated CDs and other pirated items such as software, videos and clothing.

10 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

Fairer rulings for trauma cases urged

Legal experts have called for court decisions on compensation for psychological trauma to be standardised.

Lawsuits for psychological damage are becoming increasingly common, but settlements vary greatly.

There were no laws regulating compensation for such damage, said the Guangming Daily.

26 Feb 1999 - 12:00am