After a year of bitter disputes and legal battles, the rights to stage events under the Bongo's Bingo banner have been won by Jonny Bongo – real name Jonathan Lacey, his partner Joshua Burke and their company Shua Ltd.
Following a twelve-month process and an eight day trial at Manchester High Court, the dispute between Shua Ltd and Liverpool venue Camp & Furnace, where the original events were held, has been settled. The judge ruled that Jonny Bongo and Joshua Burke were the rightful creators of the Bongo’s Bingo concept and that they own the intellectual rights to the brand.
Represented by Napthens’ commercial litigation team headed up by partner, John Whittingslow and Barristers Paul Chaisty QC and Andrew Grantham, Jonny Bingo took to Instagram to announced that his company had
“won it, we won the lot – every single thing”
In a video posted to his Instagram account, Bongo said:
“Do you remember that whole saga with Camp and Furnace where they said they had created Bongo's Bingo and they owned it, and we went to a big court case and it lasted over a year and it was one of the most stressful things?
“Well, the results came in and we won it. We won the lot – every single thing. The truth will set you free.
“Thanks to everyone that had our backs from the very, very start, and to all the Bongo team for sticking with me and my co-creator Josh Burke. We did it. Mad.
“I'd love to tell you all the juicy goss of what went down but we will save that for our motion picture movie in the next couple of years.”
Welcome Relief for Bongo's Bingo
The case conclusion comes as a welcome relief for the Bongo's Bingo Liverpool crew. This weekend also saw the rave-infused bingo events be streamed online to beat the Coronavirus lockdown that has seen Bongo's Bingo postpone all upcoming events.
Only last month, Bingo's Bingo finally received planning permission to host events at Content, a warehouse in the Baltic Triangle’s Cain’s Brewery Village, for five years. This followed an acrimonious split with Camp and Furnace and the forced relocation from the Camp and Furnace location.
With a possible online solution found to bingo halls closed due to coronavirus, the approval of a venue and now an end to the ownership legal saga, we can expect Bongo's Bingo going from strength to strength in the year ahead.