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Intellectual property: United in a common design

20 April 2015

Intellectual property: United in a common design

Two cases explain when an employer/parent company can be held liable for employee actions


In Sea Shepherd UK (SSUK) v Fish & Fish Limited, SSUK gave £1,730 to its parent organisation, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS). The issue arose as to whether SSUK could be held liable for damage to Fish & Fish’s tuna fish cages – in an attack carried out by operatives acting for SSCS, to prevent the fishing of blue fin tuna – through the giving of funds.

Both SSUK and its parent, SSCS, are environmental activist organisations (SSUK is also a registered charity)...

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