The 20-year legal battle between Paymaster Jamaica Limited and Paul Lowe over copyright infringement ended Thursday when the Supreme Court ordered the company to pay the computer programmer and software developer $ 282 million in damages and interest.
Six percent interest has been granted on the amount covering the period August 25, 2000 to June 11, 2020.
Lowe’s attorney, Vincent Chen, said the interest would bring the total amount payable to his client to just over $ 600 million.
Judge Lisa Palmer Hamilton, who assessed the damages, found Lowe suffered financial losses due to an injunction preventing him from selling his bill payment software locally and internationally.
Paymaster, a bill payment company founded by Ambassador Audrey Marks, had filed a lawsuit against GraceKennedy Remittance Services Limited, GKRS and Lowe after the computer programmer sold bill payment software to the food and financial conglomerate to launch its subsidiary, Bill Express.
Paymaster, who claimed he had exclusive rights to the software, which Lowe had first sold to him, obtained a Supreme Court injunction prohibiting the programmer from selling his software.
Lowe and GKRS were successful in their action against them in the Supreme Court, after the court ruled that Lowe was the owner of the software.
Paymaster appealed, and in 2015 the Court of Appeal dismissed the copyright infringement action, but allowed its breach of trust appeal.
Paymaster and GKRS appealed to the UK Privy Council, which ruled in favor of GKRS over the Court of Appeal’s decision for breach of trust.
Chen said the size of Lowe’s award makes him historic.
âShe has been in court since August 25, 2000, when the injunction was put in place. The delay made the amount of interest extraordinary, âhe said. âWe are very satisfied with the judgment. We think the judge wrote a very good judgment. She understood the law. She recorded it accurately and applied it. As a result, she came to a fair and reasonable judgment. “
Payor’s attorney Maurice Manning declined to comment.
However, Chen said lawyers for Paymaster have indicated they want some time to determine whether they will appeal. âAnd we accepted that,â he said.
Paymaster was established by Marks in 1997, after developing and launching a proprietary bill payment information system. Digicel Group acquired a controlling stake in Marks for an undisclosed amount in 2015. At the time, the company reportedly had over 170 locations in Jamaica and agent relationships with over 40,000 locations in the United States and the United States. Canada.