NEWS: Hutchison lawyers postpone Joseph’s High Court hearing

The High Court battle to decide whether Hook Advertising’s Chris Joseph is entitled to millions of pounds worth of compensation from the agency’s bank and a former client has been postponed until the spring.

The High Court battle to decide whether Hook Advertising’s Chris Joseph

is entitled to millions of pounds worth of compensation from the

agency’s bank and a former client has been postponed until the spring.



Hutchison last week successfully applied to the court to delay the

hearing, which was scheduled to begin on 26 February.



The company’s lawyers argued that earlier uncertainties about whether or

not the case would proceed meant they were unable to prepare their

defence in time.



Earlier this month, Joseph narrowly managed to keep his lawsuit alive by

depositing pounds 55,000 with the High Court minutes before a deadline

for him to comply with a security-for-costs action brought by Hutchison.

The decision means that Joseph’s allegations against Hutchison and

Barclays are unlikely to be heard before May.



In December, the High Court ruled that Hutchison was entitled to the

copyright of the Rabbit telepoint logo that Joseph devised. But the

verdict was a landmark victory for Britain’s agencies, preventing

clients claiming copyright on work presented speculatively at pitches

without prior agreement.



The hearing later this year will decide a five-year battle for

compensation by Joseph since Hutchison fired Hook from the pounds 4

million Rabbit account in 1991. He is claiming damages from the company

for alleged illegal termination on the agency’s contract.



He is also suing Barclays, a former member of a telepoint consortium

that sold out to Hutchison, for allegedly using economic duress and

abusing its position as the agency’s client and banker.



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