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Gain-Based Damages

Contract, Tort, Equity and Intellectual Property

By: James Edelman
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Published: 19-04-2002
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Edition: 1st
Extent: 320
ISBN: 9781847310477
Imprint: Hart Publishing
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About Gain-Based Damages

On July 27,2000 the House of Lords delivered a decision where, for the first time in English law, it explicitly recognised that damages for civil wrongs can be assessed by reference to a defendant (wrongdoer)'s gain rather than a claimant's loss. The circumstances in which such gain-based damages might be available were left for development incrementally.

This book considers the nature of gain-based damages and explains when they have historically been available and why, and provides a framework for appreciating the operation of such damages awards. The first part of the book justifies the existence of these damages, which focus upon a defendant wrongdoer's gain made as a result of a civil wrong, explaining the nature and need for such a remedy and the scope of civil wrongs. The core thesis of the book is that two different forms of such gain-based damages exist: the first is concerned with restitution of a defendant's gains wrongfully transferred from a claimant; the second is concerned only with stripping profits from the defendant's hands. Once these two gain-based damages awards are separated they can be shown to be based upon different rationales and the basis for their availability can be easily understood.

The second part of the book considers and applies this approach, demonstrating its operation throughout the cases of civil wrongs. The operation of the two forms of gain-based damages is demonstrated in cases in the area of tort (chapter 4), contract (chapter 5), equitable wrongs (chapter 6) and intellectual property wrongs (chapter 7). It is shown that these gain-based damages awards have long been available in these areas and their operation has conformed to clear principle. The difficulty that has obscured the principle is the nomenclature which has hidden the true gain-based nature of many of these damages awards.

Table Of Contents

INTRODUCTION
1 THE NATURE OF “DAMAGES”
2 THE CATEGORY OF CIVIL WRONGS
3 TWO MEASURES OF GAIN-BASED DAMAGES
4 TORTS
5 BREACH OF CONTRACT
6 EQUITABLE WRONGS
7 INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY WRONGS
8 CONCLUSIONS

Reviews

“…a thought-provoking account of an exceedingly difficult aspect of the law of remedies provides ample food for thought and deserves appropriate attention.” –  Sarah Worthington, London School of Economics, Trust Law International

“…the book is carefully cited and easily navigable
it is worthy both as a guide for practitioners and resource for academics.
the logic with which Dr Edelman presents his case for recognition of gain-based damages for civil wrongs is appealing. Each step in the argument follows convincingly from the previous one. And the force of recent case law, in particular the seminal House of Lords decision in Attorney-General v Blake (where disgorgement damages for breach of contract were awarded), only serves to strengthen the argument.

” –  Michael Rush, Magdalen College, Oxford, Australian Bar Review

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