LEE YIU KEI AND ANOTHER v. HONG KONG LAND LTD AND ANOTHER

HCA 1097/2014

IN THE HIGH COURT OF THE

HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION

COURT OF FIRST INSTANCE

ACTION NO 1097 OF 2014

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BETWEEN
LEE YIU KEI and LEUNG KWAI LING Plaintiffs
and
HONG KONG LAND LIMITED and
HK GLORY PROPERTIES LIMITED
Defendants

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HCMP 1913/2014

IN THE HIGH COURT OF THE

HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION

COURT OF FIRST INSTANCE

MISCELLANEOUS PROCEEDINGS NO. 1913 OF 2014

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BETWEEN
LEE YIU KEI Plaintiff
and
HONG KONG LAND LIMITED and
HK GLORY PROPERTIES LIMITED
Defendants

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(Heard together)

Before: Hon Lok J in Chambers

Date of Hearing: 30 July 2015
Date of Decision: 3 August 2015

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DECISION
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1. The background of the plaintiffs’ claims has been set out in my Reasons for Decisions dated 21 October 2014 in HCMP 1881/2014,1882/2014 and 2526/2014, and I do not want to repeat the same here.

2. Madam Leung Kwai Ling Loretta (“Madam Leung”) and Mr Lee Yiu Kei (“Mr Lee”) had issued various legal proceedings againstdifferent parties relating to the redevelopment of the former Lai Sing Court in Tai Hang Road. All of these claims had been dismissedby the courts, and Madam Leung and Mr Lee are subject to various RAOs and RPOs made by the courts against them.

3. In these two actions, I have to deal with similar claims made by both Madam Leung and Mr Lee in HCA 1097/2014 and Mr Lee alone inHCA 1097/2014. The claim of Madam Leung in HCA 1097/2014 was instituted by her in breach of the RPO made by DHCJ M Ng, and so thelearned judge had earlier dismissed Madam Leung’s claim in HCA 1097/2014.

4. I myself had made RAO and RPO against Mr Lee on 15 October 2014 in HCMP 1881/2014. As the designated judge, Mr Lee’s claims inthese two actions were referred to me for consideration.

5. Since Mr Lee’s claims in these two actions were commenced by him before the making of the RAO and RPO against him on 15 October2014, there was then no order prohibiting Mr Lee from commencing these two actions. However, since Mr Lee’s claims in these twoactions are similar to the numerous claims dismissed by the courts in the past, I decided to hold a hearing for Mr Lee to show causeas to why the court should not, on its own motion, dismiss his claims in these actions.

6. In my judgment, it is clear that Mr Lee’s claims in these actions are re-litigation of the various claims dismissed by the courtsin the past. Although Mr Lee might not be a party to all the dismissed actions, Mr Lee’s claims in these two actions cover issuesor facts which are clearly part of the subject matter of all the dismissed actions and therefore could have been raised then. Insuch circumstances, it would be an abuse of process to allow Mr Lee to proceed with his claims, which are clearly collateral attacksby him to re-open matters already determined in the earlier actions. Hence, his claims in these two actions should be dismissed andI therefore so order.

(David Lok)
Judge of the Court of First Instance
High Court

Mr Lee Yiu Kei, the first-named plaintiff in HCA 1097/2014 and the plaintiff in HCA 1913/2014, appeared in person

The defendants did not appear (attendance excused)