Levitt v Euro Building & Maintenance Contractors Limited (1) Dual Oliva Limited (2) [2019] EWHC 2926 (QB) – 12 King’s Bench Walk

‘A claim relating to an unlawful trespass to the Claimant’s person that occurred on 26 October 2014. During the course of their work, three sub-contractors engaged on a construction site by First Defendant, namely the Claimant, Kieran Fowler and Alan Fowler, became involved in an argument concerning their work. The incident started as verbal argument on a scaffold and culminated a few minutes later (off the scaffold) with Kieran Fowler striking the Claimant violently over the head with a scaffolding pole. As a result, the Claimant sustained a right-sided subdural haemorrhage, a subarachnoid haemorrhage, and extensive skull fractures. Following the incident Kieran Fowler was convicted of causing Grievous Bodily Harm and sentenced to 12 years in prison. The Claimant’s case was that the First Defendant were vicariously liable for the actions of Kieran Fowler. The Second Defendant was the insurer of the First Defendant.’

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12 King's Bench Walk, 20th November 2019

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Case Preview: WM Morrisons Supermarkets plc v Various Claimants – UKSC Blog

Posted November 6th, 2019 in computer crime, data protection, news, Supreme Court, vicarious liability by sally

‘On 6 and 7 November 2019, the Supreme Court will hear Morrison’s appeal from the ruling of the Court of Appeal, in a data breach claim brought by 5,500 employees. The claim raises important questions of employee liability for the actions of rogue employees. It is one of a series of large cases which are working their way through the Courts (including claims against Google and British Airways), which each illustrate the increasing risks businesses face from group claims/class actions, arising from data protection breaches.’

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UKSC Blog, 5th November 2019

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Facebook postings and vicarious liability of employers – Local Government Lawyer

‘Charles Pigott examines an Employment Appeal Tribunal ruling that racially offensive Facebook posting was not done in the course of employment.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 30th August 2019

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Defamation and church discipline: Otuo – Law and Religion UK

‘In Otuo v Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Britain [2019] EWHC 1349 (QB), Mr Otuo had been “disfellowshipped” by the Jehovah’s Witnesses and an announcement to that effect had been made at a meeting of the Wimbledon Congregation [1 & 2]. Further, during a meeting at which he sought to be reinstated, he had recorded surreptitiously one of those present making what he alleged to be a defamatory statement.’

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Law and Religion UK, 20th June 2019

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Vicarious liability not a “one-way street” for accident victims – Litigation Futures

‘Assessing the demands of social justice in cases involving vicarious liability is “not a one-way street” for accident victims, a High Court judge has said.’

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Litigation Futures, 11th April 2019

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Court of Appeal considers fraud vicarious liability test – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 20th, 2018 in agency, fraud, misrepresentation, news, vicarious liability by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has overturned a finding of the High Court of fraudulent misrepresentation against a postal equipment supplier, on the grounds that it was not ‘vicariously liable’ for the dishonesty of its agent.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 19th November 2018

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Employer liability for criminal data breach by rogue employee – Technology Law Update

‘Organisations that hold and process personal data have already had to contemplate the prospect of €20 million fines for not matching up to the requirements of the GDPR. Now the Court of Appeal has given a ruling that presents another type of exposure risk where personal data is concerned. Upholding a High Court decision given in November 2017, this second ruling confirms that an employer can be liable for the actions of a rogue employee in exposing the private information of thousands of other members of staff.’

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Technology Law Update, 26th October 2018

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Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 2214: Vicarious liability for assault considered in the Court of Appeal – Zenith PI

Posted October 24th, 2018 in appeals, assault, employment, news, personal injuries, vicarious liability by tracey

‘This case was heard recently in the Court Of Appeal before Lord Justice Erwin, Lord Justice Moylan and Lady Justice Asplin. Lady Justice Asplin gave the leading judgment
with which the Lord Justices agreed. However, Lord Justice Erwin was keen to emphasise at paragraph 37, “how unusual are these facts and how limited will be the parallels to this case”.’

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Zenith PI, 23rd October 2018

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Vicarious liability for data breaches: Court of Appeal dismisses Morrisons’ challenge – Panopticon

‘Large-scale civil litigation is one of the developing contours of data protection law. Last week’s judgment in Lloyd v Google – a novel representative action based on allegedly unlawful processing activities – is one illustration. When it comes to group litigation on the back of a data breach, our best illustration thus far is the groundbreaking group action against Morrisons.’

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Panopticon, 22nd October 2018

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Morrisons loses data leak challenge – BBC News

‘Morrisons has lost its challenge to a High Court ruling that it is liable for a data breach that saw thousands of its employees’ details posted online.’

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BBC News, 22nd October 2018

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Court dismisses claim duty of care is owed to employees in litigation – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 30th, 2018 in duty of care, employment, news, police, Supreme Court, vicarious liability by sally

‘Employers do not owe their employees a duty of care in the way they defend claims that they are vicariously liable for actions of those employees, the UK Supreme Court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 27th July 2018

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Vicarious liability: Banking on bright lines – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted July 24th, 2018 in banking, medical treatment, news, sexual offences, vicarious liability by tracey

‘A bank requires its would-be recruits and some of its existing employees to undergo a medical. It sends them to the home of one particular, self-employed doctor. There, they undergo a medical examination, unaccompanied by anyone from the bank. The doctor completes the bank’s proforma examination form, headed with its logo and entitled “Barclays Confidential Medical Report”. The form is detailed. It includes sections on chest “Inspiration” and “Expiration”, “Abdomen (including Genito-Urinary System)”. It contains a section for “Female applicants only”, asking whether they have suffered from menstrual or pregnancy disorders. The doctor – Gordon Bates – subsequently dies. A large group of women sue the bank alleging that it is liable for sexual assaults carried out by the doctor during the examinations. The question for the Court of Appeal in Barclays Bank plc v Various Claimants [2018] EWCA Civ 1670 was whether the bank could be vicariously liable.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 24th July 218

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Case Preview: James-Bowen & Ors v Commissioner of the Police for the Metropolis – UK Supreme Court Blog

‘Does a person who is sued in civil litigation for the alleged misconduct of her employees (or others for whom she is vicariously liable) owe a duty of care to avoid causing those employees or “quasi-employees” financial loss arising from the conduct of the person’s defence?.’

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UK Supreme Court Blog, 3rd April 2018

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Ministry of Justice not liable for clinical negligence in prison – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In Razumas v Ministry of Justice [2018] EHWC 215 a prisoner who had made a claim for clinical negligence against the Ministry of Justice, rather than against the specific health care provider, had his claim dismissed.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 26th February 2018

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Employer liable for disgruntled employee’s deliberate data breach – Technology Law Blog

Posted December 20th, 2017 in computer crime, data protection, news, vicarious liability by sally

‘WM Morrisons Supermarket plc have been held liable to 5,518 of their employees for a deliberate data breach by a rogue employee, Andrew Skelton.’

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Technology Law Update, 19th December 2017

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Royal Mail Ltd v Jhuti – Old Square Chambers

‘This recent judgment of the Court of Appeal resolved two important questions:

1. Where a line manager, who is not involved in the investigatory or disciplinary process, has tainted the evidence supplied to a person deciding whether an employee should be dismissed, and that decision-maker is innocent of any discriminatory motivation, whose knowledge or state of mind is to be attributed to the employer for the purpose of s.103A of the Employment Rights Act 1996 (ERA 1996)?
2. Can an employee recover damages for dismissal consequent on detriment in the whistleblowing context?

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Old Square Chambers, 6th December 2017

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Landmark judgment in group litigation data leak claim – 5RB

‘Judgment in the trial on liability in a group litigation claim brought by 5,518 employees of the supermarket chain WM Morrison Supermarkets PLC has been handed down today [1 December].’

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5RB, 1st December 2017

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Data Breach, Group Actions, and the criminal insider: the Morrisons case – Panopticon

Posted December 7th, 2017 in appeals, damages, data protection, mental health, news, vicarious liability by sally

‘In Vidal-Hall v Google [2015] EWCA Civ 311 the Court of Appeal held that damages claims under section 13 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) can be brought on the basis of distress alone, without monetary loss. Since that decision there has much speculation that a major data breach could lead to distress-based claims against the data controller by a large class of individuals. Even if each individual claim was modest (in the hundreds or low thousands of pounds) the aggregate liability could be substantial.’

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Panopticon, 6th December 2017

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Vicarious Liability and Data Controllers – Panopticon

Posted December 1st, 2017 in data protection, news, vicarious liability by tracey

‘The High Court (Langstaff J) has today handed down an almost 200 paragraph judgment in the first ever group litigation data breach case to come before the courts. The issue for the court was whether the defendant data controller, Morrisons, was in principle either directly or vicariously liable for the actions of a rogue employee who had, as an act of malice directed at his employer, taken payroll data relating to some 100,000 employees and published it online. The court concluded that, despite itself having been entirely innocent of the misuse, Morrisons was in principle liable to compensate all the claimants in the group, some 5,500 individuals, on the basis of the application of common law (no fault) vicarious liability principles.’

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Panopticon, 1st December 2017

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The expansion of Vicarious Liability: Armes v Nottinghamshire County Council [2017] UKSC 60 – Park Square Barristers

Posted November 23rd, 2017 in appeals, fostering, local government, news, Supreme Court, vicarious liability by sally

‘In determining whether to impose vicarious liability the court has to consider what sort of relationship has to exist between an individual and a defendant before the defendant can be made vicariously liable in tort for the conduct of that individual? (The first requirement) A classic example of a relationship which gives rise to vicarious liability is that of employer and employee.’

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Park Square Barristers, 9th November 2017

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