Scuffle of the week

Lee O’Brien v Mirror Group Newspapers. O’Brien is suing the newspaper for £50,000 plus interest, claiming breach of contract. O’Brien was one of 1,472 who claimed the £50,000 top prize in 1995 for a scratchcard game. His barrister Jonathan Crystal told the court that the game was ‘fixed’ so that no one could win. Claimants had to call a premium rate phoneline, making a profit for MGN. When there was more than one winner, a decision was taken to declare cards, including O’Brien’s, void. Christopher Carr QC for MGN said there had been an error over a game in The Mirror, when scratchcards from The People were also eligible. This had led to the 1,472 claims and the need for a draw. O’Brien argues the rules had not been made clear.