Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2002] All ER (D) 156 (Jan)
Court: Chancery Division

Laddie J

Representation Charles Purle QC and Richard Southall (instructed by Jens Hill & Co) for the claimants.
  Adrian Speck (instructed by Harbottle & Lewis) for the defendants.
Judgment Dates: 22 January 2002


Passing off - Name - Goodwill - Music group - Claimants members of funk music band - Defendants forming pop band of same name as defendant band - Defendant band failing to have commercial success in recent years - Whether goodwill in band's name subsisting - Whether damage to goodwill.

The Case

In an action for passing off the court was satisfied that the claimants' case had been made out against the defendant music group for the use of the name 'Liberty'. Although the claimant group had not had any commercial success for some years, the continuation of the band and its small following of fans meant that the goodwill in the name subsisted and was entitled to protection by the court.

Practice Areas

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