UK man wins 16-year legal battle over laptop

2014-03-26 17:53
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London - It started with an unwanted laptop, and it ended in Britain's Supreme Court.

A Scottish man has won a 16-year court battle sparked by a wrangle over a computer credit deal.

Richard Durkin bought a laptop in 1998, using a credit agreement with lender HFC Bank for about £1 500. He returned the computer the next day because it lacked an internal modem, and tried to cancel the credit deal.

The bank said he couldn't, and after he refused to pay the bank declared that he had defaulted. Durkin said the bad credit rating meant he was unable to buy a house.

Durkin went to court, spawning a battle that ended on Wednesday when five Supreme Court justices ruled that Durkin had "validly rescinded the credit agreement" and awarded him £8 000 pounds.

- AP

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