Tuesday, October 06, 2020

AMEN - For Whom The Bell Tolls - Vodafone wins long-running €3bn India tax battle

 Pandemic Memories and Mortalities - IEEE Spectrum.

Though many of us lived through the flu pandemics of 1957 and 1968, almost nobody can dredge up personal memories of those times. And that's interesting.

I sure in hell can’t.

… the worldwide death toll attributable to SARS CoV-2 was about 865,000 by the end of August 2020. Given the global population of about 7.8 billion, this translates to an interim pandemic mortality of about 11 deaths per 100,000 people. Even if the total number of deaths were to triple, the mortality rate would be comparable to that of the 1968 pandemic, and it would be about two-thirds of the 1957 rate.



The heading of the judgment of Master Sanderson in Bell Group (UK) Holdings Limited (In Liquidation) [2020] WASC 347 includes “Corporations law – Ode to a dying corporation – Turns on own facts”.  This led me to want to investigate more. This judgment is partly a warning of the dangers of litigation, partly a brilliant piece of prose.  It is the first judgment I have read that ends with the words “amen”.

 “Thousands of people worked on this case. Most have put the experience behind them and moved on; many, shattered by the experience, have retired; more than a few have gone mad. Now the guns have fallen silent. The smell of cordite, gun powder and napalm no longer fills the air. The dead and wounded have been removed from the battle field. The victors have divided the spoils and departed.”

Bell Group litigation given 'a decent burial'

Craig Sanderson's missive is described in its opening line as 'not so much a judgment as a requiem'.

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