Join our legal fight to find a fairway forward

by John Rose

Join our legal fight to find a fairway forward

by John Rose
John Rose
Case Owner
A self-employed and passionate (about eyes) optometrist with special interests in visual performance, glaucoma, age-related macula degeneration - and the links between the eye and the brain.
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John Rose
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A self-employed and passionate (about eyes) optometrist with special interests in visual performance, glaucoma, age-related macula degeneration - and the links between the eye and the brain.
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If you put your heart, soul and expertise into designing and bringing a successful product to market, shouldn't you have a stake in its success? 

We were part of a team of three people who designed and patented a hugely successful and innovative golf ball. But we have since been cut out of receiving royalties and benefitting from the sale of the product by the family of our friend and colleague who suffered a debilitating brain injury soon after we had completed the sale.

We have been forced to bring legal action to secure what is rightfully ours.

We've funded this action alone up until this point but are going up against a well-connected family and can't do it alone. We would be extremely grateful if you could contribute now and share this page with your friends, family and on social media.

Case Background

As one of only five sports vision specialists in Europe at the time, I, along with my closest friends, Doug Reynolds and Julian Morley (yes Morley of Eric and Julia, Come Dancing and Miss World) designed the ground-breaking "Truvis" - now "Callaway TruVis" - golf ball that totally dominates the global golf ball market.

Against all odds, the three of us believed in the visual advantages of this innovative golf ball design. Based upon my insight and understanding of the unique human visual system and the brain, we knew that this could deliver a real and measurable improvement in performance that would provide an advantage on the golf course.

Tragically, after years of relentless graft, including taking the ball round to tournaments and offering it to pro-golfers and even funding the manufacture of the balls ourselves, Julian, whom we agreed was the lead figure in the business due to his family connections, suffered a catastrophic brain injury shortly after a deal with Callaway had been completed in 2014.

The result is that since his injury, which has left him in a vegetative state, his immediate family, with whom we have known and been close to for over 40 years, have not given us details of the Callaway deal. We have not received any of the sums due to us despite the agreement made with, and the many promises made by, Julian prior to his injury.

We have sought to settle this amicably but to no avail and so, we are now forced into taking legal action.

Our Legal Action 

We are now trying to raise funds in order to continue legal proceedings against our partner - Julian Morley and Truvis Ltd - for the monies we are owed.

This is not a vexatious or frivolous application.

We are two hard-working, ordinary people who have continually  contributed to and supported, for around 25 years, to the success of a product, that we designed, patented and brought to the golfing world.

Despite the Callaway TruVis golf ball becoming a global phenomenon, we have not had any recognition or share in its undoubted success.  The stress of this injustice over the years has made  Mr Douglas Reynolds extremely ill and unable to work.  

How much are we raising and why? 

I have been able to fund the case thus far, having sold my house in order to free up some capital, But I need your help to continue. The case has been lodged at Court and now we need funds to continue with our claim and to continue the legal process.

Initially, we only need a further £5000 - a QC has advised that we have a strong case indeed. It is likely that in future further stretch funding of around £150,000 will be required to continue to court.

If this case is successful any monies raised through this platform that are used for this case will be used to offset the cost of treatments for the new approved Valeda PBMT treatment for dry age-related macular degeneration, for local nominated residents in the London area at John Rose Eye Care.

Thank you for your contribution - every contribution will help us enormously.

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