Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2002] All ER (D) 12 (Mar)
Court: Chancery Division

Ferris J

Representation Lindsay Lane (instructed by Theodore Goddard) for the claimant.
  Thomas Sharpe QC (instructed by Travers Smith Braithwaite) for E.
  James Abrahams (instructed by Slaughter & May) for L.
Judgment Dates: 1 March 2002


Intellectual property - Database right - Infringement - Horse racing - Defendants providing betting services over internet - Claimant issuing proceedings against defendants - Defendants seeking order for stay of both proceedings - Defendants seeking order for both proceedings to be heard together - Whether orders should be granted.

The Case

Where the defendants in an action for infringement of database rights applied for orders seeking a stay of the proceedings and for their actions to be heard together, the court would grant such applications where it was desirable or necessary to do justice in accordance with the overriding objective of the CPR. In the instant case, in order to be fair to the parties and to save court resources, justice required that the orders sought be made.

Practice Areas

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