Rebekah Vardy sues Coleen Rooney over ‘Wagatha Christie’ claims – The Guardian

Posted June 24th, 2020 in defamation, internet, media, news by sally

‘Rebekah Vardy has launched defamation proceedings against Coleen Rooney at the high court in London, in what could be an extraordinary legal case detailing the feud between the two women and their relationships with the British tabloid media.’

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The Guardian, 23rd June 2020

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296 days to correct a factual inaccuracy – effective press regulation? – Transparency Project

Posted June 19th, 2020 in communicating false information, complaints, delay, media, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘296 days ago, on 27 August 2019, the Daily Express published an inaccurate article in the print edition of their paper. Today they have published a correction because the regulator IPSO required this.’

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Transparency Project, 18th June 2020

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Universities Investigate Adverts On Channel 4 Show That ‘Dehumanised’ Traveller Community – Each Other

‘Three universities are investigating how their adverts appeared on a Channel 4 documentary accused of “dehumanising” the Traveller community.’

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Each Other, 11th June 2020

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Gregory Davies and Dan Wincott: Brexit, the press and the territorial constitution – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted June 11th, 2020 in brexit, constitutional law, devolution, media, news by sally

‘In the early years of devolution, Feldman described constitutional discourse in the UK as ‘a sea of conflicting visions’. More than a decade later, Brexit and now Covid-19 remind us again just how differently the UK is understood.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 10th June 2020

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Resumption of jury trials: an open justice “toolkit” – Doughty Street Chambers

‘For seven weeks Covid-19 shut the doors of jury trials in England and Wales. On 11th May 2020, the Lord Chief Justice and Lord Chancellor announced the resumption of new jury trials in “certain courtrooms under certain conditions” from 18th May 2020. In the interim, two guinea pig trials resumed at the Old Bailey.’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 18th May 2020

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No well-tuned cymbal: fairness in judges – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted June 5th, 2020 in appeals, chambers articles, defamation, judges, media, news, retrials, Supreme Court by sally

‘This is, to say the least, a rather unfortunate saga. The Claimant, Mr Serafin, brought a defamation claim against a Polish newspaper run by the Defendants. An article had alleged various things including that he was financially untrustworthy and was dishonest in his dealings with women. At trial before Jay J, he represented himself. He was comprehensively disbelieved by the judge. His claim was dismissed, in most cases because the judge found that the article was accurate, but in some instances because the defendants had a public interest defence under s. 4 Defamation Act 2013.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 4th June 2020

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Watership Down author’s estate wins back all rights to classic novel – The Guardian

Posted June 2nd, 2020 in contracts, copyright, damages, film industry, media, news by sally

‘In a case at London’s high court, Richard Adams’ estate won a longstanding claim against Martin Rosen, director of the 1978 animation.’

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The Guardian, 1st June 2020

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Libel judge issues “wasteful” bundles warning – Litigation Futures

Posted June 1st, 2020 in case management, defamation, documents, media, news, proportionality by sally

‘It should not be necessary for the court to make express directions as to what should be included in a hearing bundle but failures to collate them properly may force them to, a High Court judge has warned.’

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Litigation Futures, 1st June 2020

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Judge names council after deciding knowledge of its social services failures in care case outweighed risk of jigsaw identification of children – Local Government Lawyer

‘A judge has severely criticised the London Borough of Haringey’s child social services department, after deciding to name the council following an appeal by the Press Association over an earlier anonymity order.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st May 2020

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Suspect under investigation has reasonable expectation of privacy, CoA rules – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Individuals under investigation by law enforcement bodies have a reasonable expectation of privacy up to the point they are charged, the Court of Appeal has confirmed. Dismissing an appeal by a news agency barred from revealing the identity of a US businessman identified in documents concerning a bribery probe, the court ruled that the fact that an individual is the subject of a criminal investigation is genuinely of a different character from allegations about the conduct being investigated.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 19th May 2020

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Ofcom: Christian TV network aired Covid-19 conspiracies – The Guardian

Posted May 19th, 2020 in coronavirus, media, news, telecommunications by sally

‘A Christian television channel founded by a Lagos-based megachurch pastor has been sanctioned by Ofcom for airing “potentially harmful statements” about the Covid-19 pandemic, including a baseless conspiracy that the virus is linked to the rollout of 5G phone networks.’

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The Guardian, 18th May 2020

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Practice – Mail’s Strikeout Application – NIPC Law

Posted May 18th, 2020 in chambers articles, copyright, damages, data protection, media, news, privacy by sally

‘This was an application by the publisher of the Mail on Sunday and the Mail Online to strike out certain allegations contained in the particulars of claim and further information of the Duchess of Sussex and later the reply in an action that she has brought against the publisher for copyright infringement, misuse of private information and infringement of her rights under the General Data Protection Regulation. The complaint arises from the newspaper’s publication of a letter from the duchess to her father on 10 Feb 2019.’

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NIPC Law, 17th May 2020

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ZXC v Bloomberg: privacy expectations about criminal investigations – Panopticon

‘The Court of Appeal has today given judgment in the long-running ZXC v Bloomberg litigation ([2020] EWCA Civ 611). The key points:

1. In general, a person does have a reasonable expectation of privacy about the fact that/details of their being subject to a police investigation, up to the point of charge.
2. Reporting about alleged conduct is different from reporting about a criminal investigation into that conduct.’

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Panopticon, 15th May 2020

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Duchess of Sussex: Mail on Sunday wins first round in Meghan privacy case – BBC News

‘The Mail on Sunday has won the first round of a legal battle against the Duchess of Sussex over the publication of a letter she wrote to her father.’

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BBC News, 1st May 2020

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Piers Morgan: Ofcom clears presenter over ‘combative’ interviews – BBC News

Posted April 28th, 2020 in complaints, government departments, media, news by sally

‘Piers Morgan will not be investigated by the media regulator for “combative” interviews with government ministers that sparked 4,000 complaints.’

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BBC News, 27th April 2020

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Coronavirus: Ofcom assesses Eamonn Holmes 5G comments after complaints – BBC News

‘TV regulator Ofcom has said it is assessing comments made by presenter Eamonn Holmes about 5G technology and coronavirus “as a priority”.’

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BBC News, 14th April 2020

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Woman’s attraction to chandeliers not a sexual orientation, Ipso says – The Guardian

‘A woman in a long-term relationship with a 92-year-old German chandelier has been told that her attraction to historic light fittings is not considered to be a protected sexual orientation.’

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The Guardian, 14th April 2020

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Coronavirus: Ofcom formally probes David Icke TV interview – BBC News

‘The UK’s media watchdog has launched a formal investigation into a TV network’s broadcast of an interview with conspiracy theorist David Icke about coronavirus.’

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BBC News, 9th April 2020

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The Remote Family Court – where does transparency fit in? – Transparency Project

Posted April 3rd, 2020 in coronavirus, families, family courts, live link evidence, media, news by sally

‘The Transparency Project recently assisted the FLBA tech working party to gather some information and feedback in light of the publication of the key judicial guidance on family justice during the pandemic – ‘The Remote Family Court’. That document (now on version 2), sets out a number of unresolved questions at paragraph 8.3. Our contribution to that exercise focused on elements that fell within our ambit – access to journalists and legal bloggers, recording of proceedings, litigants in person, and information for the public.’

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Transparency Project, 2nd April 2020

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk

Mirror’s in-house lawyers under phone-hacking scrutiny – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has rejected a bid to strike out the claim by various public figures that the legal department of MGN Group knew about phone hacking at the Daily Mirror.’

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Legal Futures, 11th March 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk