Johal Dairies Loses Appeal Against J.N.Dairies

WOLVERHAMPTON, England, April 12 /CNW/ - The Judgment, concluding an unusual court case, has been passed by London's Court of Appeal. Leave to Appeal was given due to the seriousness of accusations against the original trial Judge. The Wolverhampton and Leicester based dairy company Johal Dairies, run by brothers Surbjit (Jitty) and Gurnek Johal, now face a significant sum of legal costs and damages after losing to its trade rival, J.N.Dairies, also based in Wolverhampton.

The Court of Appeal reviewing the case of J.N.Dairies v Johal Dairies (originally heard during an 8-day High Court trial in March 2009), has unanimously found in favour of J.N.Dairies. They rejected Johal's Appeal and request for a re-trial. The Appeal was heard in London on 16th and 17th March 2010 in front of Lord Justices Mummery, Stanley Burnton and Sullivan. They approved the Judge's reasoning as "long and careful" without "any lack of objectivity on his part." They found that he addressed points "entirely adequately" and gave "substantial reasons." Johals' complaints were said to be without "substance" and "no complaint can justifiably be made" against the Judge. See full Judgement handed down at London's Royal Courts of Justice (Court of Appeal) at 10:45am on 31st March 2010.

The original Judgment of June 2009 stands. This ruled that Johal Dairies had acted unlawfully by paying an illegal immigrant GBP40,000 to steal confidential invoices from J.N.Dairies which Johal then used in price negotiations to approach J.N.Dairies' customers. The theft of the invoices was found to be part of a "prearranged plan" with Johal Dairies director Surbjit (Jitty) Johal.

In speaking about the Court of Appeal decision, the Directors of J.N.Dairies said, "We are delighted to have won in the Court of Appeal and that justice has prevailed again. Johal Dairies did not compete fairly and resorted to unlawful activity in an attempt to sabotage our hard-earned business. We would like to thank our suppliers, customers, staff, friends, the dairy industry and local community for their support over the last 18 months and we look forward to the next decade in business; providing value, quality and service."

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For further information: For further information: For more information on the case, please contact Burges Salmons' William Neville on +44(0)117-939-2202 or James Sutherland on +44(0)117-307-6902. For press enquiries, contact J.N.Dairies on +44(0)844-800-7740 and ask for Manrupe S Nijjar.

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