Football Association Premier League Ltd and Others v QC Leisure (A Trading Name) and Others: ChD 13 Nov 2008

Football organisations applied to be joined to a case being remitted to the European Court for the purpose of giving their views on the questions raised. The European Court practice only allowed for states to act as interveners. The court had already recognised the significance of the question to be referred as to the licensing of programming rights for sports and outside sport within Europe.
Held: The rules allowed a party to be added in these circumstances, and it was desirable that the parties applying should be joined. Procedural orders and arrangements as to costs were made to reduce any procedural disadvantage to the respondents by addition of the new claimants.


Kitchin J


[2008] EWHC 2897 (Ch), [2009] 1 WLR 1603, [2009] Eu LR 373




Civil Procedure Rules 19.2(2)


England and Wales


CitedCasagrande v Landeshauptstadt Munchen (Judgment) ECJ 3-Jul-1974
The question of whether or not a person is a party must be decided according to the criteria of national law. . .
CitedRegina v Minister of Agriculture Fisheries and Food ex parte Anastasiou (P) Ltd ECJ 1-Aug-1994
Turkish Cypriot produce was not acceptable for import without a proper origin label. A certificate from a non-community country was not acceptable, there being no standards of control. . .
CitedRamondin and Ramondin Capsulas v Commission (State Aid) ECJ 11-Nov-2004
Where the European Courts has power to permit interventions in direct actions they exercise the power in a restrictive manner, and allow interventions only by those persons able to establish a direct interest in the ruling on the specific act whose . .
See AlsoThe Football Association Premier League Ltd v QC Leisure and others ChD 18-Jan-2008
The court considered interlocutory applications in an action for copyright infringement alleging the unauthorised broadcast of football matches. . .
See AlsoFootball Association Premier League Ltd and others v QC Leisure and others ChD 24-Jun-2008
Three actions were heard in which the claimants alleged copyright infringement in the use of decoder cards to broadcast foreign transmissions of live Premier League football matches. . .

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See AlsoFootball Association Premier League Ltd and Others v QC Leisure and Others ChD 3-Feb-2012
The claimant complained that in using decoders imported from Greece, the defendants had infringed their copyrights. . .
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Intellectual Property, European, Litigation Practice

Updated: 21 October 2022; Ref: scu.374396