Former lady of Blarney Castle wins damages after being branded ‘psycho’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 11th, 2013 in damages, defamation, internet, news by sally

“The former wife of the owner of Blarney Castle, where the Blarney Stone is kept, has won damages at the High Court after being branded as a ‘psycho’ who should be avoided.”

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Daily Telegraph, 10th April 2013

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Kelvin MacKenzie’s Daily Mail column sparks £200,000 libel claim – The Guardian

Posted April 9th, 2013 in defamation, media, news by sally

“Kelvin MacKenzie faces more woes after being dropped by the Telegraph as it emerged that his column in the Daily Mail has become the subject of a £200,000 libel case.”

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The Guardian, 8th April 2013

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Andrew Mitchell issues libel writ against Sun over ‘plebgate’ – The Guardian

Posted April 2nd, 2013 in complaints, defamation, media, news, police by sally

“Former cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell is taking legal action against the Sun over its reporting of his verbal altercation with police officers in Downing Street.”

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The Guardian, 29th March 2013

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Press regulation: publishers may have grounds for legal challenge – The Guardian

“Newspapers likely to take action over regulations that will require huge payouts when stories are wrong.”

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The Guardian, 19th March 2013

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Bloggers may face libel fines under press regulation deal – The Guardian

Posted March 19th, 2013 in bills, defamation, fines, internet, news, publishing by tracey

“Bloggers could face high fines for libel under the new Leveson deal with exemplary damages imposed if they don’t sign up to the new regulator, it was claimed on Tuesday.”

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The Guardian, 19th March 2013

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Carmarthenshire blogger loses libel case against council chief – BBC News

Posted March 15th, 2013 in damages, defamation, news by tracey

“A blogger who sued a council chief executive for libel says she is ‘absolutely devastated’ after losing the case and being told to pay him £25,000 damages when he counter-sued.”

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BBC News, 15th March 2013

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Historic Royal Charter on press regulation close to being agreed – The Independent

Posted March 13th, 2013 in charters, defamation, freedom of expression, media, news, regulations by sally

“The three leading political parties were last night close to signing up to a historic Royal Charter to implement the recommendations of Lord Justice Leveson on reforming regulation of the press.”

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The Independent, 12th March 2013

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Top Gear up before Top Judges – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted March 7th, 2013 in appeals, BBC, damages, defamation, malicious falsehood, news, striking out by sally

“The Court of Appeal has refused an appeal against the strike out of a libel claim against the BBC in relation to a review of an electric sports car by the ‘Top Gear’ programme. The judge below had been correct in concluding that there was no sufficient prospect of the manufacturer recovering a substantial sum of damages such as to justify continuing the case to trial.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 6th March 2013

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Peers compromise over press regulation – The Guardian

Posted February 26th, 2013 in bills, defamation, freedom of expression, media, news, parliament by sally

“Peers have staged a partial climbdown in their clash with the government over the introduction of Leveson-style controls on the press.”

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The Guardian, 26th February 2013

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Twitter users: A guide to the law – BBC News

Posted February 26th, 2013 in anonymity, contempt of court, defamation, internet, news, sexual offences, victims by sally

“People who tweeted photos allegedly of child killer Jon Venables are being charged with contempt of court. It’s the latest in a long line of cases that suggest that ordinary social media users need to have a grasp of media law.”

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BBC News, 26th February 2013

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Protecting the reputation of schools and universities – Education Law Blog

Posted February 25th, 2013 in appeals, defamation, employment tribunals, local government, news, universities by sally

“You can say what you like about local authorities – and people do, knowing that the authority itself (as opposed to any individual member or employee) cannot sue in defamation. This was first established back in 1891 in Manchester Corporation v Williams [1891] 1 Q.B. 94, where it was held that the council could not complain about a letter to a newspaper alleging that ‘bribery and corruption have existed and done their nefarious work’ in a number of its departments.”

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Education Law Blog, 22nd February 2013

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Bill forcing papers to seek pre-publication approval is ‘flawed’ – The Guardian

Posted February 22nd, 2013 in bills, damages, defamation, dispute resolution, freedom of expression, media, news, privacy by sally

“Proposals for a new law which would require newspaper editors to seek regulatory approval for certain types of stories are flawed and should be abandoned, a number of peers have said.”

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The Guardian, 22nd February 2013

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Lord McAlpine drops defamation claims against Twitter users with fewer than 500 followers – The Independent

Posted February 22nd, 2013 in charities, damages, defamation, internet, news by sally

“Lord McAlpine has announced that he is dropping defamation claims against Twitter users with fewer than 500 followers who wrongly named him as a paedophile, instead asking for a charitable donation.”

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The Independent, 21st February 2013

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Madeleine McCann contempt case: retired solicitor found guilty – The Guardian

Posted February 22nd, 2013 in contempt of court, costs, defamation, injunctions, news, sentencing, suspended sentences by sally

“A retired solicitor who published claims that Madeleine McCann’s parents caused her death has been given a suspended jail sentence.”

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The Guardian, 21st February 2013

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Tamiz v Google Inc and another – WLR Daily

Posted February 21st, 2013 in appeals, defamation, internet, law reports, publishing by sally

Tamiz v Google Inc and another [2013] EWCA Civ 68; [2013] WLR (D) 65

“An internet service provider which supplied a platform for blogs and various tools to assist the blogger, and which was able to remove or block access to blogs when alerted to the fact that they breached its own terms and conditions, could be potentially liable for defamatory comments posted on a blog once it had received notification and had had sufficient time to act. A defence might be available under section 1 of the Defamation Act 1996, but if the potential liability would be so trivial because of the short period of time between notification of the complaint and removal of the offending material, the maintenance of the proceedings could not be justified.”

WLR Daily, 14th February 2013

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Court of Appeal gives judgment on credit reference agencies and accuracy of personal data – Panopticon

Posted February 21st, 2013 in appeals, consumer credit, data protection, defamation, loans, news by sally

“The fourth data protection principle requires that ‘personal data shall be accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date’. It does not, however ‘impose an absolute and unqualified obligation on [data controllers] to ensure the entire accuracy of the data they maintain. Questions of reasonableness arise in the application of the fourth principle, as paragraph 7 of Part II of Schedule I spells out.’ This statement by Davis LJ (at para. 80) encapsulates the case of Smeaton v Equifax plc [2013] EWCA Civ 108, in which the Court of Appeal handed down judgment today.”

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Panopticon, 20th February 2013

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Can Google be sued for the content of blogs on its platform? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 18th, 2013 in defamation, internet, news, publishing, vicarious liability by sally

“The Court of Appeal has ruled that in principle, an internet service provider that allowed defamatory material to remain on a blog hosted on its platform after it had been notified of a complaint might be a ‘publisher’ of this material, although in this case the probable damage to the complainant’s reputation over a short period was so trivial that libel proceedings could not be justified.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 17th February 2013

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Hillsborough families to sue Kelvin MacKenzie over ‘reckless’ coverage – The Guardian

Posted February 18th, 2013 in compensation, defamation, media, news, police, victims by sally

“Kelvin MacKenzie, the former editor of the Sun, faces being sued for malfeasance over his newspaper’s coverage of the Hillsborough football disaster.”

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The Guardian, 16th February 2013

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Google must act quickly on libellous Blogger posts, says appeal court – The Guardian

Posted February 15th, 2013 in defamation, internet, news by sally

“Google may have to act quicker to remove potentially libellous posts from its Blogger platform following a court of appeal ruling in London.”

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The Guardian, 14th February 2013

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What is a good reason for departing from a mandatory costs budget? A practical view from the Bar – Littleton Chambers

Posted February 15th, 2013 in budgets, costs, defamation, news by sally

“The costs budgeting provisions of the Jackson Report are among the most significant issues facing litigators today. One key concern has been that parties and their legal advisers face having otherwise recoverable costs disallowed if they fail to comply with the requirements concerning costs budgets. Those concerns were heightened by the decision in Sylvia Henry v News Group Newspapers Ltd [2012] EWHC 90218 (Costs) to disallow £268,832 of costs on the grounds that the claimant had failed to comply with rules concerning costs budgeting in PD 51 (see Legal update, Costs management: first decision under Defamation Proceedings Pilot Scheme). Those rules formed part of the Defamation Proceedings Pilot Scheme, on which the case was the first decided authority. The decision was taken to have considerably wider significance because of the similarity between the provisions of that pilot scheme and the main elements of the impending Jackson reforms.”

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Littleton Chambers, 6th February 2013

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