Barrett v Universal-Island Records Ltd and others: ChD 15 May 2006

The claimant was entitled to share in the copyright royalties of Bob Marley and the Wailers, and claimed payment from the defendants. The defendants said that the matters had already been settled and that the claim was an abuse of process, and also that there was an action estoppel.
Held: An English court should not give a foreign judgment greater preclusive effect in England than it would have it its home jurisdiction. It will always be relevant (and may be necessary) to inquire what would happen in the foreign jurisdiction if the claimant sought to re-open there the issues that he wishes to litigate in England. No cause of action estoppel arose. Having compromised the claim of partnership by the 1994 settlement agreement, it was an abuse of process for Aston Barrett to bring a further claim applying a different legal analysis to the same underlying facts.

Mr Justice Lewison
[2006] EWHC 1009 (Ch), [2006] EMLR 567
England and Wales
CitedHirachand Punamchand v Temple CA 1911
The defendant, a British army officer in India, had given a promissory note to the plaintiff moneylenders. Unable to pay, he suggested they apply to his father, Sir Richard Temple. In reply, Sir Richard Temple’s solicitors wrote saying they were . .
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Cere Needed Releasing Future Claims
A compromise agreement which appeared to claim to settle all outstanding claims between the employee and employer, did not prevent the employee later claiming for stigma losses where, at the time of the agreement, the circumstances which might lead . .
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An agency had to be proved in a search to identify an entity which the law recognised (a) existed and (b) was legally responsible for the acts in issue in the proceedings. The House was asked whether the fact that an issue had already been . .
CitedSnelling v John Snelling 1973
It can be an abuse of process for a party to bring proceedings on a cause against a defendant already released from liability for consideration. . .
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Two actions had been brought by a contractor against the partners in a farming partnership. Those actions were consolidated. One of the partners died and when the plaintiff found that out he discontinued his claims against the deceased partner and . .
CitedRepublic of India and Others v India Steamship Co Ltd; The Indian Endurance and The Indian Grace CA 1992
Munitions were consigned to Cochin on board the defendants’ vessel. A fire occurred, and part was jettisoned, the remainder being damaged. The cargo owners first claimed damages in India for short delivery under the bills of lading for the . .
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CitedTaylors Fashions Ltd v Liverpool Victoria Trustees Co Ltd ChD 1981
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See AlsoBarrett v Universal-Island Records Ltd and Another ChD 28-Mar-2003
The claimants sought unpaid royalties. The defendants sought to have the claim struck out as an abuse of process.
Held: Such interlocutory applications alleging abuse of process should now be dealt with on the same footing as other . .
CitedA and M Records Ltd v VCI 1995
Sir Mervyn Davies said: ‘However that may be, I am satisfied that Mr Ross was at all material times quite unaware of any activities of the plaintiffs being activities of a kind that he as owner of the copyright in the sound recordings could object . .

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CitedFisher v Brooker and Another ChD 20-Dec-2006
The claimant said that he had contributed to the copyright in the song ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ but had been denied royalties. He had played the organ and particularly the organ solo which had contrbuted significantly to the fame of the record.
CitedBrooker and Another v Fisher CA 4-Apr-2008
The claimant had asserted a joint authorship of the song ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ written in the sixties. The defendant appealed saying that the claim had been brought too late, and that the finding ignored practice in the music industry. The . .

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