Mr Cox told Mr Justice Laddie that Shell's witnesses seemed to have developed 'corporate amnesia'.
Man sues oil giant over 'his idea'
In a David and Goliath legal battle, John Donovan, 52, is suing the petrol giant over its alleged misuse of confidential information and its refusal to credit him as creator. Shell says the idea came from a different source.
OIL-giant Shell's successful Smart card customer loyalty scheme was "pinched" from a confidential idea put forward by the man behind many of its earlier promotions, a High Court judge heard yesterday.
16 June 1999
Ideas man sues Shell
Shell will this week defend a multi-million-pound law suit from sales promotion agency Don Marketing, which claims Shell stole its idea for the Smart loyalty scheme.
To highlight his current grievances, Donovan has mounted a high-profile campaign including the creation of an anti-Shell web-site, picketing of Shell HQ and annual meetings. He has also placed ads in the trade press warning Shell Smart partners that they, too, could face legal action.
He also alleges that Shell used an undercover investigator, Christopher Phillips, to look into his financial affairs. Shell's lawyers admit that they hired Mr Phillips, but only to carry out "routine credit inquiries".
The latest bizarre development in the case is an intervention in the form of a letter from the wife of Mark Moody-Stuart, the head of Shell International.