'It has nothing to do with money, but justice and fairness,' said Chan Tin-shi after yesterday's court victory. Standing on a slope overlooking his home and the 400 sqft plot of land, one of three at the heart of the lawsuit, the 63-year-old said that he had not wanted to sue the Li family, who claimed ownership of the land. 'Settling the matter in court is not very good. The harmony [between the two families] has been ruined,' he said. The dispute dates to 1954. 'My father bought the land from the Li family and they signed an agreement. However, the ownership of the land did not change in the government's land registry,' he said. The Lis insisted that the Chans had never paid the agreed $500 purchase price for the land, Mr Chan said. 'But then I remember my father paid the money,' he said. Despite the dispute, the family continued to use the land until a claim was made to the land by the Li family in 1998. The Chan family went to court, winning their case in the Court of First Instance but losing on appeal in 2003. 'We have been using [the land] since the 1950s. My family raised pigs, poultry and plants on it,' Mr Chan said. The land was left to him by his father, who died in 1992. In 1998, the Li family suddenly said the land was theirs and surrounded it with iron railings. 'They did not allow us to use the land. We asked if they wanted to sell it to us. They did not even talk to us,' Mr Chan said. 'We have no other way. They just forced us to bring the case to the court. 'You might think that I am happy to win the case but I can assure that I am not,' he said, adding that it had caused him numerous sleepless nights. The case cost his family $1 million. Though they have won the case, none of the families has won the land - it was resumed by the government in 2003. Still, that means the Chans stand to get $400,000 from the government.