Judge slams Jordan over Vodafone case

A High Court judge has handed down heavy criticism of Jordan Grand Prix for its failed £150m damages case against mobile phone company Vodafone

Judge slams Jordan over Vodafone case

Mr Justice Langley said that Jordan's court action, which lasted for six weeks, was "contrived and unsustainable". It became apparent that Jordan had lost the case last week, but the judgement was only made public on Monday.

Lawyers acting for Eddie Jordan claimed that, during a March 2001 telephone conversation, Vodafone brand director David Haines told him: "You've got the deal." In his ruling, Mr Justice Langley said: "I reject that in the course of the March 22 telephone conversation Mr Haines said anything that could reasonably be, or indeed was taken by Jordan to be, a binding commitment on Vodafone to sponsor Jordan."

Justice Langley added: "I regret to say that I found Mr Jordan to be a wholly unsatisfactory witness. His evidence was in many instances in stark conflict with, and indeed belied by, the documents - often documents of his own making."

"On occasions even Mr Jordan was unable to offer an explanation and was reduced to embarrassed silence by the exposure of blatant inaccuracies in what he was saying. The evidence he gave and the claims Jordan makes became more and more contrived and unsustainable."

A statement from Jordan read: "When Jordan began this action, we thought we had a deal and believed we had a good case. Litigation is risky and unpredictable and we have always been prepared for the possibility that this might not go our way. It's now time to move on and devote our full attention to the team and its future."

A Vodafone statement read: "We are very pleased that the case has been concluded and that the integrity of Vodafone and its senior management has been so strongly underlined by the court."

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