William Hill Ordered to Pay £1.1 Million Legal Costs to 32Red
William Hill has finally settled its trademark infringement case with 32Red which has been dragging on for over four years.
The High Court has ordered William Hill to pay £1.1 million in legal costs to 32Red in order to finalise the case and put an end to any future claims. In 2011 the High Court ruled in favour of 32Red which claimed that William Hill’s use of the 32Vegas brand infringed on 32Red’s trademark rights.
The high court awarded £150,000 in damages to 32Red in 2011 as well as legal expenses. The legal expenses turned out to be quite high and it took 32Red a number of years to receive a final ruling in the case.
William Hill initially paid £800K in legal costs and in April this year 32Red went after the rest. After another High Court hearing it was ruled that William Hill had to pay a total of £1.1 million in legal fees, in other words a further £300K.
After the ruling the CEO of 32Red, Ed Ware said, “Today’s costs award marks the end of four years’ litigation that has seen all our trademarks validated in the High Court and the removal of an infringing site from the market.”