Johnny Depp loses bid to overturn High Court libel ruling that he assaulted Amber Heard – The Independent

Posted March 26th, 2021 in appeals, deceit, defamation, divorce, domestic violence, evidence, media, news by tracey

‘Johnny Depp has lost a bid to overturn a damning High Court ruling which concluded he assaulted his ex-wife Amber Heard and left her in “fear for her life”.’

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The Independent, 25th March 2021

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Julie Burchill agrees to pay Ash Sarkar ‘substantial damages’ in libel case – The Guardian

Posted March 16th, 2021 in compensation, defamation, Islam, media, news, racism by tracey

‘The columnist Julie Burchill has apologised to the activist and journalist Ash Sarkar, and agreed to pay her “substantial damages”, after a series of social media posts in which she accused Sarkar of being an Islamist, a hypocrite and worshipping a paedophile.’

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The Guardian, 16th March 2021

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Which hat am I wearing? A tale of two jurisdictions – St Ives Chambers

‘The Court of Appeal Criminal Division and the Divisional Court have confirmed the circumstances in which the Crown, a Defendant, or a third party can challenge the making, variation, or failure to make a reporting restriction for a young person in the criminal justice system.’

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St Ives Chambers, February 2021

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UK launches action plan to prevent harassment and abuse of journalists – The Guardian

Posted March 9th, 2021 in freedom of expression, harassment, media, news, police, prosecutions, trade unions by tracey

‘The UK’s first national action plan aimed at protecting journalists from abuse and harassment has been published by the government with the backing of police and union leaders.’

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The Guardian, 9th March 2021

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M (A Child): Live streaming from the Court of Appeal on Thursday 4th March – Should a journalist be able to see the court documents behind a flawed decision that a child needed adoption? – Transparency Project

‘This is a short blog to introduce the people and issues, and explain the lead up, ahead of the live-streamed appeal in M (A Child) tomorrow. It aims to give non lawyers a bit of orientation and some links when tuning in to the court of appeal proceedings.’

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Transparency Project, 3rd March 2021

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Markle judgment warns against ‘Micawber’ tactics – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The High Court has sounded a new warning about “Micawber tactics” in a summary judgment in the high-profile action brought by the Duchess of Sussex (Meghan Markle) against the Mail newspaper. Lord Justice Warby, sitting as a judge in the Chancery Division, found that the duchess had a reasonable expectation of privacy when she wrote a personal letter to her father, even though she feared it might be leaked to the press.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 12th February 2021

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Meghan wins privacy case against Mail on Sunday – The Guardian

Posted February 12th, 2021 in copyright, damages, data protection, media, news, privacy, royal family by tracey

‘The Duchess of Sussex has won her high court privacy case against the Mail on Sunday, hailing her victory as a “comprehensive win” over the newspaper’s “illegal and dehumanising practices”.’

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The Guardian, 11th February 2021

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One day late acceptance of part 36 offer puts costs in play – Legal Futures

‘An automatic entitlement to costs under part 36 only arises if the offer is accepted within the “relevant period”, the High Court has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 21st January 2021

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Assange cannot be extradited, but free speech arguments dismissed — an extended look – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In The Government of the United States v Julian Assange (2021), the District Judge sitting at Westminster Magistrates’ Court discharged the American extradition request against the founder of WikiLeaks because there is a substantial risk that he would commit suicide. Given Julian Assange’s political notoriety as an avowed whistle-blower, however, the judgment is significant for its dismissal of the defence’s free speech arguments. This article analyses why these human rights submissions were unsuccessful.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 21st January 2021

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Ofcom investigating row over Emily Maitlis’ Newsnight monologue about Dominic Cummings – The Independent

‘The UK’s broadcasting watchdog is investigating the row over BBC host Emily Maitlis’ monologue about Dominic Cummings’ infamous trip to Barnard Castle.’

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The Independent, 15th December 2020

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Johnny Depp applies to court of appeal over ‘wife beater’ ruling – The Guardian

Posted December 9th, 2020 in appeals, defamation, domestic violence, media, news by sally

‘Johnny Depp has applied directly to the court of appeal in a bid to overturn a high court ruling that he assaulted his ex-wife Amber Heard and put her in fear for her life.’

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The Guardian, 8th December 2020

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Times pays damages to advocacy group falsely linked to Reading killer – The Guardian

Posted December 7th, 2020 in compensation, damages, defamation, Islam, media, murder, news, terrorism by sally

‘The Times has apologised to the advocacy organisation Cage and agreed to pay it £30,000 in damages for suggesting it was supporting a man who stabbed three people to death in what police said was a terrorist rampage in a Reading park.’

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The Guardian, 4th December 2020

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Johnny Depp loses bid to appeal libel case ruling against him – The Independent

Posted November 27th, 2020 in appeals, defamation, domestic violence, media, news by tracey

‘Johnny Depp has been denied the right to appeal by the High Court following its ruling which found that the claims that he assaulted his ex-wife Amber Heard were “substantially true”.’

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The Independent, 27th November 2020

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Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney ‘Wagatha Christie’ libel case set for first High Court hearing – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 19th, 2020 in defamation, internet, media, news by sally

‘Rebekah Vardy has strongly denied Coleen Rooney’s accusations about leaks to a tabloid newspaper, and has sued for damages for libel.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th November 2020

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Behind the Depp headlines: meaning, evidence and juries – Doughty Street Chambers

Posted November 10th, 2020 in defamation, domestic violence, evidence, juries, media, news by sally

‘On 2nd November 2020, Nicol J handed down his eagerly awaited judgment in Depp v News Group Newspapers and anor [2020] EWHC 2911 (QB). This high-profile case has been widely reported and needs little introduction. In short, Mr Depp failed in his defamation claim concerning an article published by The Sun that alleged that he had committed acts of violence against his then-wife Amber Heard. Nicol J held that the defendants had proved it was “substantially true” that Mr Depp had committed acts of violence against Ms Heard on twelve pleaded occasions.’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 6th November 2020

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Johnny Depp loses libel case against Sun over claims he beat ex-wife Amber Heard – The Guardian

Posted November 2nd, 2020 in compensation, damages, defamation, domestic violence, media, news by tracey

‘The Hollywood actor Johnny Depp has lost his high-stakes libel action in the London courts against the Sun after the newspaper described him as a “wife beater”.’

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The Guardian, 2nd November 2020

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John Leslie trial: Ex-Blue Peter presenter cleared of sex assault – BBC News

Posted October 20th, 2020 in assault, media, news, sexual offences, trials by sally

‘Former TV presenter John Leslie has been found not guilty of sexual assault.’

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BBC News, 19th October 2020

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Elton John and ex-wife Renate Blauel settle legal dispute – The Guardian

Posted October 15th, 2020 in divorce, injunctions, media, news, privacy by tracey

“Sir Elton John and his ex-wife, Renate Blauel, have settled a legal case brought after details of the marriage were featured in the singer’s memoir and biopic.”

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The Guardian, 14th October 2020

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Police review whether investigation into David Starkey interview with Darren Grimes is ‘proportionate’ – The Independent

Posted October 15th, 2020 in forced labour, genocide, internet, media, news, police, prosecutions, public order by tracey

‘Police are reviewing a controversial investigation into an interview with historian David Starkey to ensure it is “proportionate”.’

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The Independent, 14th October 2020

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Infected blood scandal: Treasury refuses to publish key documents – The Guardian

‘The Treasury is refusing to publish key documents about the treatment of haemophiliacs infected by the NHS with HIV on the grounds that it would be “disruptive” and material might be “distorted” by the media.’

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The Guardian, 21st September 2020

Source: www.theguardian.com