WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) and Another v World Wrestling Federation Entertainment Inc: CA 2 Apr 2007

The parties had disputed use of the initals WWF, with a compromise reached in 1994 allowing primary use by the Fund with restricted use by the Federation. The Federation now appealed an award of damages made after a finding of a breach of the agreement, challenging whether damages under Wrotham Park could properly be awarded for conduct ended by an injunction.
Held: ‘on a claim by a covenantee for an injunction and damages against a covenantor who has acted in breach of a restrictive covenant, the court may, in addition to granting an injunction to restrain further breaches, award damages in respect of past breaches notwithstanding that the covenantee cannot establish actual financial loss. In such a case the damages in respect of past breaches may be in an amount assessed as the sum which the court considers it would have been reasonable for the covenantor to pay and the covenantee to accept for the hypothetical release of the covenant. ‘ and (obiter) ‘in a case where a covenantor has acted in breach of a restrictive covenant, the court may award damages on the Wrotham Park basis, notwithstanding that there is no claim for an injunction – and notwithstanding that there could be no claim for an injunction. ‘
Chadwick LJ, Maurice Kay LJ, Wilson LJ
[2007] EWCA Civ 286, [2008] 1 All ER 74, [2008] 1 All ER (Comm) 129, [2008] 1 WLR 445, [2007] Bus LR 1252
England and Wales
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First Instance – LiabilityWWF -World Wide Fund for Nature (Formerly World Wildlife Fund), World Wildlife Fund Inc v World Wrestling Federation Entertainment Inc ChD 1-Oct-2001
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Appeal fromWWF-World Wide Fund for Nature and Another v World Wrestling Federation Entertainment Inc ChD 16-Feb-2006
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See AlsoWWF – World Wide Fund for Nature (Formerly World Wildlife Fund); World Wildlife Fund Inc v World Wrestling Federation Entertainment Inc CA 27-Feb-2002
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See AlsoWorld Wide Fund for Nature (Formerly World Wildlife Fund), World Wildlife Fund Incorporated v World Wrestling Federation Entertainment Incorporated – Intervener Jakks Pacific Llc CA 27-Mar-2003
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Updated: 17 July 2021; Ref: scu.250684