MCR "incorrect" to sell Hachette stock, rules judge

<p>A high court judge has ruled today [18th December] that MCR was &quot;incorrect&quot; to continue selling Hachette UK titles after Borders UK went into administration without having sought court approval. </p><p>As a result, the administrator of Borders has been ordered to stop selling all Hachette titles and provide the publisher with an up to date list of which titles it has in stock. Hachette will be able to formulate its claims against MCR from the list of stock compiled. </p><p>Hachette had been seeking an injunction for MCR to stop selling its stock and also reimburse it for stock already sold. But Judge Sales said an injunction was not necessary because MCR had taken the decision yesterday [Thursday] to remove all Hachette titles from sale. </p><p>Sales said: &quot;It&#39;s necessary for the court to direct [MCR] to provide information to [Hachette] about sales of book titles which may have been supplied by [Hachette] to allow them to assess their rights.&quot; </p><p>The Judge gave MCR a deadline of 15th January to do provide this list of stock. In addition, Sales ordered MCR to pay all court costs incurred.</p><p>Joint administrator Geoff Bouchier said in the statement he was &quot;surprised with certain aspects of the hearing which will require further consideration&quot;. The statement added, however, that MCR &quot;believed the hearing was beneficial in understanding the arguments of both sides, and is hopeful that this will now allow this matter to be brought to an end, as well as assist in the ongoing conduct of the administration&quot;.&nbsp; </p>