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Posts from ‘July, 1999’

Lady Lydia Deterding and Hitler

New York Daily News Thursday 29 July 1999 Gossip Column

Headline: BIDDER SWEET NIGHT FOR LEO

BY GEORGE RUSH AND JOANNA MOLLOY WITH MARCUS BARAM and MARC S MALKIN

Shell has settled out of court with John Donovan…

Shell has settled a law suit out of court with John Donovan, marketing director of sales promotion agency Don Marketing...

Shell has settled out of court with John Donovan…

Shell has settled out of court with John Donovan…

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Shell claim is settled

John Donovan, 52, was suing Shell claiming the company stole his ideas and turned them into its successful Smart Card loyalty scheme.

Bury Free Press: Shell claim is settled

Shell claim is settled: Bury Free Press 9 July 1999

BURY FREE PRESS

Friday, July 9, 1999

Shell claim is settled

A DAVID and Goliath battle between a Bury St Edmunds businessman and oil giant Shell has ended in stalemate after both sides agreed an out-of-court settlement.

John Donovan, 52, was suing Shell claiming the company stole his ideas and turned them into its successful Smart Card loyalty scheme.

Shell denied the allegation and made a counter claim against Mr Donovan, alleging his company, Don Marketing, breached a confidentiality agreement.

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Don ends legal proceedings against Shell UK

Donovan first sued Shell in 1993 over allegations that the oil company and forecourt retailer stole his ideas for a number of sales promotions. Three of the claims were settled out of court.

Don ends legal proceedings against Shell UK

Don ends legal proceedings against Shell UK

By David Benady

8 July 1999

The six-year legal battle between oil giant Shell UK and sales promotion company Don Marketing has finally been settled.

John Donovan, owner of Don Marketing, yesterday dropped his High Court action against the company over allegations that Shell stole his ideas for the Shell Small Card, a multi brand loyalty card.

Donovan first sued Shell in 1993 over allegations that the oil company and forecourt retailer stole his ideas for a number of sales promotions. Three of the claims were settled out of court.

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Stalemate for marketing firm’s ‘stolen’ idea claim

Mr Cox had accused Shell's witnesses of appearing to have "corporate amnesia", yet claimed Mr Donovan had a "trusted and successful" record with Shell.

East Anglian Daily Times: Stalemate for marketing firm’s ‘stolen’ idea claim

Stalemate for marketing firm’s ‘stolen’ idea claim: East Anglian Daily Times 7 July 1999

East Anglian Daily Times

Wednesday, July 7, 1999

Stalemate for marketing firm’s ‘stolen’ idea claim

STALEMATE

John Donovan, from Bradfield Combust, sued Shell over a promotion he said was his idea. But yesterday his claim, and the firm’s counter suit, were dropped

Photograph: ANDY ABBOTT

A DAVID and Goliath court battle between oil giant Shell and a promotions expert who claimed they “pinched” his idea and turned it into a highly successful Smart Loyal Scheme has ended in stalemate.

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HIGH COURT TRIAL JUNE/JULY 1999: John Alfred Donovan v. Shell UK Ltd

HIGH COURT TRIAL JUNE/JULY 1999 Case No: DD04199 Court 58, 7th Floor of the Thomas More Building at the Royal Courts of Justice.

John Alfred Donovan v. Shell UK Ltd

A complete transcript of the trial is accessible below.

The trial took place before Mr Justice Laddie who failed to declare two potential conflicts of interest. A connection with the barrister son of the Royal Dutch Shell Group Managing Director, Mark Moody-Stuart and a long friendship with Mr Tony Willoughby  who founded an IP firm which had Shell as a client. This information was unknown to the Plaintiff and his father Alfred Donovan, against whom Shell had filed a Counterclaim also being heard by Mr Justice Laddie as part of the same trial.

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Incentive Today: Don and Shell end Smart row

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 Incentive Today: Don and Shell end Smart row

July-August 1999

After a bitter six year legal battle with Shell UK John Donovan has abandoned his claim against Shell UK. Donovan alleged that Shell stole his ideas for the Shell Smart loyalty scheme and initiated court proceedings in 1993.

Both parties issued a joint statement saying, “John Donovan has abandoned his claim against Shell in relation to the Shell’s Smart loyalty scheme. He has acknowledged that these claims are without foundation and should not have been brought.

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SHELL IN HIGH COURT SUIT OVER SMARTCARD SCHEME

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DEBRIEF: SHELL IN HIGH COURT SUIT OVER SMARTCARD SCHEME

July 1999

SUFFOLK-BASED promotions agency Don Marketing faced multinational giant Shell UK in the High Court to argue its case of alleged breach of contract and misuse of confidential commercial information.

The dispute centres on Shell’s Smart multi-brand loyalty card, now operational in the UK and eight other countries. This, claims Don’s managing director John Donovan, is based on proposals he first put to Shell in 1989 – an allegation denied by Shell, which insists that Smart’s genesis was an inhouse project codenamed Onyx which began in autumn 1991.

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