Graeme Lofts reports:
However, it would appear that this second attempt at mediation has been unsuccessful and that at a date, as yet unknown, the case will return to the Melbourne Federal Court. Mediation was also tried around this time last year and again on that occasion it proved to be unsuccessful.
'Jayne Powell, aka Champagne Jayne has spent many years of her life promoting and supporting the Champagne industry by educating and entertaining people from all parts of the world about Champagne. Despite her passionate efforts and support of the Champagne industry she is being sued by the Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne (the CIVC) for deceiving and misleading conduct.
As a result of this action by the CIVC, Jayne is being driven out of business and is being forced into bankruptcy. For well over a year Champagne Jayne has been desperately fighting a battle against this powerful, global organisation with an abundance of funding and an expensive team of lawyers.
Champagne Jayne’s supporters have now rallied together to create a fundraising campaign that will help pay the legal costs so that she can continue to defend herself against this outrageous behaviour of the CIVC. To read more about Champagne Jayne’s battle and support our fundraising campaign please go to http://www.gofundme.com/jaynevgoliath.'
The fund currently stands at a rather disappointing $AU1,160. It would be good to see more donations from people who have criticised the CIVC’s heavy-handed action in pushing ahead with this court case.
Jim's Loire is again indebted to Graeme Lofts for his report.
It is highly regrettable that mediation has once again failed. Jim's Loire is in no way privy to the reasons for this failure or to any details of the mediation, with the parties are covered by strict rules of confidentiality. However, as it was the CIVC who embarked on this quite unnecessary case, I hope that they made a genuine effort to settle and did not continue their previous hard-ball tactics.
I can understand their legal objection to Jayne Powell trademarking Champagne Jayne, although why Champagne Escorts in Milton Keynes is left untouched, while Jayne Powell is pursued for 'tarnishing the image of Champagne' is entirely beyond my limited comprehension.