Defamation bill faces fresh attack from Conservatives – The Guardian

Posted April 12th, 2013 in bills, defamation, economic loss, freedom of expression, news by sally

“The defamation bill, which was last month threatened with obliteration after a political row over Leveson press reforms, is once again under attack, but this time by the Tories who want to get rid of two key sections.”

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The Guardian, 11th April 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

When human rights hit the private law of damages for death – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted July 25th, 2012 in accidents, compensation, damages, economic loss, families, human rights, news by tracey

“Swift v. Secretary of State for Justice [2012] EWHC 2000 (QB) Eady J, read judgment. This decision involves the intersection of Articles 8 (family) and 14 (discrimination) of the ECHR with the law governing who can recover damages for the death of a relative. This law is the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 (for the text see [10] of the judgment – embarrassingly, the one freely available on the internet is out of date). One does not to think for very long before realising that the FAA is underpinned by an idea that one ought to respect the rights of the family, and to pay the family when one has negligently caused the death of a family member. But like all such laws, there is the problem of where to stop – where does the family stop for these purposes?”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 24th July 2012

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Dismissed News of the World journalists may have grounds to sue – The Guardian

Posted July 11th, 2011 in contract of employment, damages, economic loss, interception, media, news by sally

“Journalists dismissed by the News of the World who are unable to find new jobs and fear their professional reputations have been damaged by the phone hacking scandal could have legal grounds for suing News International, according to employment specialists.”

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The Guardian, 10th July 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Robinson v PE Jones (Contractors) Ltd – WLR Daily

Robinson v PE Jones (Contractors) Ltd [2011] EWCA Civ 9; [2011] WLR (D) 4

“The builder/vendor of a building did not by reason of his contract to construct or to complete the building assume any liability in the tort of negligence in relation to defects in the building giving rise to purely economic loss.”

WLR Daily, 19th Janaury 2011

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Shell UK Ltd v Total UK Ltd; Total UK Ltd v Chevron Ltd – WLR Daily

Posted March 10th, 2010 in appeals, duty of care, economic loss, law reports, negligence by sally

Shell UK Ltd v Total UK Ltd; Total UK Ltd v Chevron Ltd [2010] EWCA Civ 180; [2010] WLR (D) 67

“A defendant who could reasonably foresee that his negligent actions would damage property owed a duty of care to a beneficial owner of that property. If the defendant damaged the property, he would be liable not merely for the physical loss of that property but also for the foreseeable consequences of that loss, such as the extra expenditure to which the beneficial owner was put or the loss of profit which he incurred. Provided that the beneficial owner could join the legal owner in the proceedings, it did not matter that the beneficial owner was not himself in possession of the property.”

WLR Daily, 8th March 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Douglas and Another v. Hello! Ltd. and Others – Times Law Reports

Posted May 3rd, 2007 in confidentiality, contracts, economic loss, law reports by sally

Duty of confidentiality to celebrities is enforceable

Douglas and Another v. Hello! Ltd. and Others

House of Lords 

“Photographic images of the wedding of two celebrities had a commercial value over which the celebrities had sufficient control to enable them to impose an obligation of confidence. A magazine publisher who had bought the exclusive right to publish the photographs and had the benefit of the duty of confidentiality imposed by the celebrities, had the right to enforce that duty against a rival magazine which published unauthorised photographs of the wedding.”

The Times, 3rd May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Life got just tougher for those who get scooped – The Times

Posted May 3rd, 2007 in confidentiality, contracts, economic loss, news by sally

“The House of Lords’ ruling, by a 3 – 2 majority in favour of OK! magazine’s £1 million claim against Hello!, will further strengthen the grip that celebrities have over the exploitation of their fame. The use of “spoilers”, in which one publication beats another to an “exclusive” story, will now carry a much greater risk of large compensation claims.”

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The Times, 2nd May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Judgment in full: Douglas v. Hello! – The Times

Posted May 2nd, 2007 in confidentiality, contracts, economic loss, law reports by sally

Douglas v. Hello! [2007] UKHL 21

The Times, 2nd May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Lords OK Hello!’s Zeta-Jones wedding payout – The Times

Posted May 2nd, 2007 in confidentiality, contracts, economic loss, news by sally

“OK! magazine won it’s [sic] appeal today against glossy rival Hello! in the dispute over the Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas wedding photographs.”

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The Times, 2nd May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk