Bayerische Motoren Werke Ag (Bmw) v Premier Alloy Wheels (Uk) Ltd and Others: ChD 8 Jun 2018

Application for a search order, interim injunction and related relief. The claimant alleged the manufacture of fake BMW wheels by the defendant.
Mr Justice Henry Carr gave his reasons for granting a search order, interim injunction and related relief. He summarised the criteria: ‘A search and seizure order is an exceptional form of relief. The conditions that need to be satisfied are as follows. First, there must be a strong prima facie case of a civil cause of action. Suspicion is not enough; nor is it enough that there is a serious question to be tried. Second, the danger to the applicant to be avoided by the grant of the order must be serious, and if the order is to forestall the destruction of evidence, the evidence must be of major importance. Third, there must be clear evidence that the respondent has incriminating documents or articles in its possession. Fourth, there must be a real possibility of the destruction or removal of evidence. Fifth, the harm likely to be caused by the execution of the order on the respondent and his business affairs must not be out of proportion to the legitimate object of the order.’

Henry Carr J
[2018] EWHC 1713 (Ch)
England and Wales
Cited by:
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Search and Seizure – Concerns for Public Safety
The claimant supplied branded liquid gas containers and the gas, on condition that only its liquid gas would be used within the containers. The sought a search and seizure order against the defendants, saying that the public health and safety risks . .

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Updated: 30 November 2021; Ref: scu.619885