High Court

  • Blues’ Winding Up Order Dismissed

    The Cardiff Blues have had a winding up order against them over a tax debt dismissed in London’s High Court this week. No details regarding the tax debt have been revealed and the Blues have not made any comment on the matter but the Welsh region was on a list of companies scheduled to be wound up at the High Court. However, insolvency judge Registrar Sally Barber was asked by counsel for HM Revenue and Customs to formally dismiss the case and she did so, meaning the matter has been resolved....

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  • High Court Rules in Favour of WRU

    Pontypool RFC have had their challenge against the Welsh Rugby Union’s (WRU) decision to reform the Principality Premiership Division for the 2012/13 season rejected in the High Court. The decision means that the club has definitely been relegated to the second tier of Welsh rugby. Permission to appeal has also been refused as the Honourable Sir Raymond Jack, sitting as judge of the High Court, said in his 38 page judgement, “I conclude that Pontypool has failed to establish any breach of co...

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  • Oldham Clear Tax Arrears

    Oldham Rugby League Football Club was saved from being wound up in the High Court this week after paying an estimated £10,000 tax debt, according to Oldham Evening Chronicle. The club was reportedly given time to pay when the petition was first heard last year. The Court was told at that time that the club had paid off part of an undisclosed tax debt, with £10,000 still outstanding - which has now been paid. The club also faced three winding up petitions in 2010 but managed to pay its debts. F...

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  • Bulls Take Challenge To High Court

    Bradford Bulls have confirmed their intention to challenge the points deduction imposed by the Rugby Football League (RFL) in the High Court. The six-point deduction suffered earlier this year, as a result of the club entering administration, was recently upheld by a Sporting Sanctions Appeal Panel. The panel ruled that the Bulls had not met the necessary threshold to allow an appeal to be fully considered. However, the Bulls' legal representatives have reviewed the decision and the club has de...

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  • RFU v Viagogo – A Victory Against Black Market Tickets

    In March 2011, the High Court issued a landmark Court order against the secondary market in sports events tickets in The Rugby Football Union v Viagogo Ltd. It ruled that the names and addresses of those who sold tickets issued by the Rugby Football Union (“RFU”) at Higher than face value prices on ticket broker website Viagogo must be disclosed to the RFU, thus enabling the RFU to take action through bans and/or legal proceedings against those individuals that had contravened the ticket ter...

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  • Copyright Case Has Implications For Rugby

    The High Court has ruled in favour of a governing body and broadcast partner in a recent copyright infringement case that could have implications in rugby. The trial, which took place before Mr Justice Arnold in the Chancery Division of the High Court this month, resulted in a victory for the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Sky after it was found that the Fanatix digital platforms had breached copyright rules. The UK companies that operated the Fanatix platforms rejected the ECB’s...

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  • Neath Director Disqualified By Courts

    Neath Rugby co-owner Geraint Hawkes has been barred from being a company director after a High Court ruling. The 48-year-old and his 75-year-old mother, Janis, have been found unfit to be company managers and both will be the subject of disqualification orders with a length yet to be determined, according to reports in Wales Online. In a case brought by the Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills, Judge Keyser QC made the ruling at the High Court of Justice Chancery Division...

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  • Financial Pressure for Pontypool

    ... of thousands of pounds after it lost its fight against relegation. The club went to Court earlier this year to fight plans to reorganised the premiership by the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU). The club argued that it was a victim of "abuse of power" but the High Court disagreed. The WRU said it was putting the matter "firmly behind us" and moving forward. "We lost a lot of players after last season, and it's inevitable those players needed to play in the Premier Division, so there was a point during...

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  • RFU Win Tickets Claim Against Ubogu

    The RFU has taken action in the High Court against former England international Victor Ubogu and VU Ltd - his hospitality company. The RFU has obtained a permanent injunction (by way of a Court Order) which prevents Mr Ubogu and VU Ltd from operating unofficial ticketed hospitality for England matches played at Twickenham Stadium in the future. Ubogu and VU Ltd have agreed to pay damages for breaching the RFU’s ticketing terms and conditions – and breaching a previous undertaking by VU Ltd t...

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  • Western Province Commercial Arm Fails

    In a clear indication of the difficult economic climate for rugby union in South Africa, Western Province Rugby (Pty) Limited, the commercial arm of the South African province’s governing body, was placed into final liquidation by the Western Cape High Court earlier this week. The allegations levelled against Western Province by Aerios (Pty) Limited, a commercial partner to the company likely to suffer considerable loss, were found to have no merit and its opposition to the liquidation was...

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