Year: 2006

Wailers royalties battle begins

The trial of the action brought by Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett against Island Records begins in the High Court today. Barrett, bass guitar player with Bob Marley & The Wailers throughout their 1970s heyday, is bringing the… Read More »

5RB bids farewell to member

5RB announced today that Sapna Jethani will be leaving the media set to take up a new position with Clyde & Co solicitors in Dubai. Sapna joined 5RB in October 2000 after completion of her… Read More »

Practical immunity for ISPs confirmed

The High Court has today ruled in favour of Internet Service Providers in a case that is likely to have significant impact on the scope of liability for libel and harassment claims based on material… Read More »

BBC wins waiting lists libel claim

The High Court has today dismissed a libel claim brought by a senior manager at Weston General Hospital over allegations made in a BBC Points West news bulletin over falsification of waiting list figures.   Giving… Read More »

Beckhams’ libel claim discontinued

David and Victoria Beckham have discontinued their libel action against the News of the World over the newspaper’s allegations that their marriage was a sham. The action was brought by the Beckhams over an article published in September… Read More »

Select Committee reports on CFAs

The Select Committee on Constitutional Affairs has published its much anticipated Report on the use of CFAs in defamation actions.  However, despite significant lobbying by the media, the Report does not suggest a radical overhaul of the current system. Instead, it makes a number of… Read More »

Family law media reporting challenge

The Court of Appeal will today hear an appeal by a father against an order restraining him from discussing with the media his dispute with his former wife over their custody arrangements for their child…. Read More »

Court of Appeal hears Turner appeal

David Turner, who was awarded £9,000 libel damages in May 2005, concluded his appeal in the Court of Appeal today. Judgment was reserved.   The level of damages had been assessed by Mr Justice Eady… Read More »

Prince of Wales judgment awaited

The hearing of the Prince of Wales’ application for summary judgment in his claim for breach of confidence and copyright infringement against the Mail on Sunday concluded on 23 February 2006.  The hearing before Mr Justice Blackburne took… Read More »

Prince of Wales case in Court again

The Prince of Wales has suffered a set back in the case he has brought against the Mail on Sunday after the High Court ordered that he supply to the media copies of a witness statement… Read More »

Times in French libel battle

The Times, its editor and a journalist begin their defence of criminal libel charges brought by David and Frederick Barclay in Paris tomorrow. The case, in the Criminal Court, brought by the Barclay brothers, owners of… Read More »

Journalist wins Brady source case

Freelance investigative Journalist, Robert Ackroyd has successfully defended a claim brought by Mersey Care NHS Trust for disclosure of his source for an article over Moors’ murderer Ian Brady.  In a judgment handed down today by Mr Justice Tugendhat,… Read More »

Wainwright declared admissible

The European Court of Human Rights has declared admissible the applications brought by Mary and Alan Wainwright under articles 3, 8 and 13 of the Convention concerning the circumstances in which they were strip-searched on a… Read More »

BNP Candidate refused permission to appeal

Mary Culnane, who lost her libel trial in November last year, has had her application for permission to appeal the jury verdict refused by the Court of Appeal. Mrs Culnane – who is reported to have now… Read More »

Performers gain moral rights

The Performances (Moral Rights, etc) Regulations 2006 come into force tomorrow, giving performers the right to be identified and the right to object to the derogatory treatment of their performances for the first time. The new… Read More »

Privacy supplement out now

The Second Cumulative Supplement of The Law of Privacy and the Media is published today and is available from Oxford University Press and all good bookstores. The Supplement fully updates the Main Work and is an essential purchase for all those who own… Read More »

Ashley Cole appeal fails

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has ruled that the appeal filed by Arsenal and England footballer Ashley Cole is not admissible as it has no jurisdiction to rule on the dispute between Cole and the… Read More »

Telegraph loses Galloway appeal

The Daily Telegraph has lost its appeal against the award of £150,000 libel damages to George Galloway MP by the High Court in December 2004.   Mr Galloway had successfully sued over articles in the newspaper, published in… Read More »

Proposals to strengthen IP Protection

A draft of the Intellectual Property (Enforcement, etc.) Regulations 2006 has been published by the Patent Office following a consultation last Autumn. The Regulations will bring into force the 2004 EU Directive on the enforcement… Read More »