A court in California has ruled that nine sacked Cathay Pacific pilots should take their claims for wrongful dismissal to the Hong Kong courts. However, the cases of three of the nine remain technically alive because they are California residents. Cathay Pacific hailed the court ruling as a second victory within 24 hours. On Friday, the High Court in Hong Kong rejected an injunction order sought by First Officer Murray Gardner to stop Cathay implementing new rostering practices introduced in August. Cathay Pacific said the California judge had agreed with the company that a court in the US state was not an appropriate forum to deal with claims by the nine pilots. 'Cathay Pacific has always believed this course of action in the California courts was fundamentally misguided,' it said. The company's director of corporate development, Tony Tyler, said: 'We welcome the court's decision that this is, of course, a matter which should be dealt with by Hong Kong's courts. 'These former employees who feel they have a case to be heard will now need to have this addressed in Hong Kong, as is fit and proper.' The nine were among 52 pilots sacked by Cathay in July during their dispute over pay and conditions. Most of the 52 were not given a reason for their sacking; one was later reinstated. The sacked pilots have also taken their legal battle to Australia and Britain, where they say courts there have greater powers than in Hong Kong regarding unfair dismissal cases. It was not immediately known whether the nine pilots would pursue their cases in a Hong Kong court as suggested.