Online trials may be well oiled, but it’s a no from this m’lord

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Online trials may be well oiled, but it’s a no from this m’lord

A Durban high court judge has ruled in favour of an objection to a damages claim being held online

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An R8.3m damages claim involving alleged counterfeit goods, which was set down for 10 days in the Durban high court this month, will not proceed after a judge ruled that the matter was not “urgent” enough to be heard via an audiovisual conferencing facility.

Judge Mahendra Chetty said he did not believe he could order the defendants in the matter to conduct “legal warfare” via electronic means, even though it was permissible during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The matter before judge Chetty was the claim by Union-Swiss Pty Ltd, which holds the Bio Oil trademark in SA, against Darlton Logan Govender, Royal Brighton Trading, Aaron Sibusiso Gina, Khaana Brand Management, Raporex Pty Ltd and Mohamed Faezal Sahib...

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