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F & Anor, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department

Sentencing – Human rights – Sex offenders – Notification requirements - Proportionality - European Convention on Human Rights, Art 8 – Right to respect for private and family life - Sexual Offences Act 2003 – Declaration of incompatibility - Disproportionate interference

[2008] EWHC 3170 (QB) - Divisional Court

Judge Latham LJ, Underhill and Flaux JJ

John v Guardian News & Media Ltd

Defamation – Libel – Meaning – Ruling on meaning – Whether words capable of bearing contended meaning – Comment

[2008] EWHC 3066 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Crossley & Crossley v Newsquest (Midlands South) Limited

Libel – Privacy - Summary judgment – Absolute privilege – Qualified privilege – Fair comment – Malice – Abuse of process - Newspaper article reporting neighbours’ dispute

[2008] EWHC 3054 (QB) - High Court

Judge Eady J

Tycon Energy Corp v The Motley Fool Limited

Defamation - Libel - Internet postings - Norwich Pharmacal order - Anonymous representations by posters - Costs

Unreported, 9 December 2008 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Armonienë v Lithuania

Privacy - Article 8 ECHR - Freedom of expression - Article 10 ECHR - Damages - Public interest - Private information - Medical information

Application no 36919/02; [2009] EMLR 7 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Tulkens P, Barreto, Zagrebelsky, Jociene, Popovic, Tsotsoria, Karakas

Mireskandari v Associated Newspapers Ltd

Defamation - Extension of Time for Service of a Defence - Solicitors duty to make own investigation of facts independent of their client

19/11/2008 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Master Fontaine

White v Withers LLP & Dearle

Privacy - Breach of confidence - Wrongful interference with property - Misuse of private information - Matrimonial proceedings - Personal documents - Hildebrand documents - Solicitors' liability

[2008] EWHC 2821 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

H v Tomlinson

Privacy - Human Rights Act claim for an Article 8 right to reputation - Defamation - Justification - Common sting

[2008] EWCA Civ 1258 - Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Judge Ward, Sedley and Longmore LJJ

Hayter v Fahie

Defamation - Libel - Qualified privilege - Malice - Summary judgment

[2008] EWCA Civ 1336 - Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Judge Sir Anthony May (President QB), Wilson and Rimer LJJ

Hughes v Alan Dick & Co Ltd

Defamation - Slander - Absolute privilege - Qualified privilege - Malice - Default judgment - Setting aside - CPR r.13.3(1)

[2008] EWHC 2695 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Hussein v Farooq & Sheik

Defamation - Slander - Adequacy of evidence - Proof of oral publication - Slander actionable without proof of special damage

[2008] EWHC 2487 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Brady v Norman

Defamation - Libel - Qualified privilege - Defamatory meaning - Internet publication - Trade journal

[2008] EWHC 2481 (QB) - Queen's Bench Divison

Judge Richard Parkes QC sitting as a Deputy Judge

Apsion v The Bar Standards Board

Appeal from the Disciplinary Tribunal of the Council of the Inns of Court - Whether Tribunal had been correct to conclude that the appellant did not have sufficient competence or expertise to advise in a defamation claim - Whether the charges infringed the Appellant's Art 10 rights

D2006/098&099 - Visitors to Lincoln's Inn

Judge King J, Ms Marion Smith, Mr David Hall

Crossley & Anor v Wallace & Anor

Defamation - libel - abuse of process - no reasonable basis for bringing a claim - review of Master's decision under CPR 3.4(2)(a) and (b) - ruling on meaning

[2008] EWHC 2846 (QB) - High Court, QBD

Judge Openshaw J.

Berezovsky v Russian State Television & Another

Defamation - Libel - Foreign broadcaster - Jurisdiction - Fair trial - Defence not justiciable - Anonymity of sources - s.10 Contempt of Court Act 1981

[2008] EWHC 1918 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Smith v ADVFN Plc & Ors (No 2)

Defamation - Libel - Stay - Postings on internet bulletin board - Whether to be treated as libels or slanders

[2008] EWHC 1797 (QB) - Queens Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Mosley v News Group Newspapers Ltd (No 3)

Privacy - Reasonable expectation of privacy - Public interest -Footage of sexual activities - Public figure – Allegations of Nazi role-play

[2008] EWHC 1777 (QB); [2008] EMLR 20; The Times, 30 July 2008 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Ewing v News International & Ors

Vexatious litigant - Leave to bring proceedings - Media organisations - Defamation - Libel - Harassment - Privacy - Chilling effect - Disproportionality

[2008] EWHC 1390 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Coulson J

Medway Council v G and Others

Care proceedings – s.12, Administration of Justice Act 1960 – Publication of judgments - Identification of local authority - Articles 8 and 10, European Convention on Human Rights

[2008] EWHC 1691 (Fam) - High Court, Family Division

Judge The President

I v Finland

Privacy - Article 8, European Convention on Human Rights - Medical data - Sensitive data - HIV infection - Patient records - Patient confidentiality

Application no. 20511/03 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Bratza J (P) and Garlicki, Mijoviæ, Björgvinsson, Šikuta, Hirvelä and Poalelungi JJ

Warren v The Random House Group Ltd (Nos.1-3) (CA)

Defamation – Libel – Offer of Amends – Defamation Act 1996 – Justification – Articles 6 & 10 ECHR - Burstein particulars – Aggravated damages – Disclosure – Lucas Box meaning - Polly Peck – Severable and distinct charges

[2008] EWCA Civ 834; [2009] QB 600; [2009] EMLR 1 - Court of Appeal

Judge Sir Anthony Clarke MR, May & Wilson LJJ

Attorney General v ITV Central Ltd

Contempt of Court - s.2(2), Contempt of Court Act 1981 - Broadcasters - News reporting - Court reporting - Strict liability - Previous convictions

15 July 2008, extempore - Divisional Court

Judge Pill LJ, King J

Radu v Houston & Another (No.3) (CA)

Defamation - Libel - Reynolds privilege - Public interest - Obtaining comment - Gist of claimant's position

[2008] EWCA Civ 921; [2009] EMLR 13 - Court of Appeal

Judge May LJ, Moore-Bick LJ, Lawrence Collins LJ

Westcott v Westcott (CA)

Defamation - Libel - Slander - Defences - Absolute privilege - Whether complaints to police are covered by absolute or qualified privilege - Preliminary issue

[2008] EWCA Civ 818; [2009] 2 WLR 838; [2009] 1 All ER 727; [2009] EMLR 2 - Court of Appeal

Judge Ward, Sedley, Stanley Burton LJJ

Common Services Agency v Scottish Information Commissioner (HL)

Freedom of information - s.38(1)(b), Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 - Data protection - Whether information held at time requested - Whether information 'personal data' - Whether information 'sensitive personal data' - s.1(1), Schedules 1, 2, and 3, Data Protection Act 1998 - Disclosure of medical information - Anonymous data - 'Barnardisation'

[2008] UKHL 47 - House of Lords

Judge Lord Hoffmann, Lord Hope of Craighead, Lord Rodger of Earlsferry, Baroness Hale of Richmond and Lord Mance

Ministry of Defence v Griffin

Confidentiality – United Kingdom Special Forces – Contract - Confidentiality agreements – Unauthorised public disclosures – Failure to seek authority for disclosure in accordance with contract - Injunction

[2008] EWHC 1542 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Liberty & Ors v UK

Privacy - Article 8, European Court of Human Rights - Interception of communications - Interception of Communications Act 1985

Application No 58243/00 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Garlicki P, Bratza, Mijovic, Bjorgvinsson, Sikuta, Hirvela

Mosley v News Group Newspapers Ltd (No 2)

Privacy - Reasonable expectation of privacy - Public interest -Footage of sexual activities - Public figure – Allegations of Nazi role-play - Exemplary damages

[2008] EWHC 2341 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

FA Premier League Ltd v QC Leisure & Ors

Copyright - Broadcasts - s.298, Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 - Infringement of copyright - Directives 98/84/EC, 89/552/EEC, 93/83/EEC, 2001/29/EC - Competition law - Articles 28, 49, 81, EC Treaty - Reference to European Court of Justice - Article 234, EC Treaty - Territorial licences - Decoders - Football matches - Use of non-UK decoders to received broadcasts of football matches in UK pubs

[2008] EWHC 1411 (Ch) - Chancery Division

Judge Kitchin J

Mond & Ors v Mason & Ors

Libel - Malicious falsehood - Causing loss by unlawful means - Freezing order - Good arguable case - Real risk of removal or disposal of assets - Injunction restraining publication

[2008] EWHC 1649 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Gray J

Malik v Manchester Crown Court & Anor

Production Order - Terrorism Act 2000 - Judicial review - Journalistic material - Freedom of expression - Protection of sources - Articles 2, 3, 10, ECHR - Privilege against self-incrimination - Special advocates - Natural justice

[2008] EWHC 1362 (Admin) - Administrative Court

Judge Dyson LJ and Pitchford and Ouseley JJ

Gravil v Caroll & Redruth RFC (CA)

Sports law - Tort - Trespass to the person - Employment - Vicarious liability - Incident during professional rugby game - 'Off-the-ball' incident

[2008] EWCA Civ 689 - Court of Appeal

Judge Sir Anthony Clarke MR; Smith & Richards LLJ

Meltex Ltd & Movsesyan v Armenia

Freedom of expression – European Convention on Human Rights, Article 10 - Interference - Proscribed by law - Television broadcasting – Licensing - Reasons for decision - Arbitrary interference

Application No. 32283/04 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Casadevall J, President, Fura-Sandström, Zupanèiè, Gyulumyan, Ziemele, López Guerra, Power JJ

Kieren Fallon v MGN Limited (No 3)

Justification of Level 2 Meaning - Reasonable Grounds to suspect the Claimant of complicity in race-fixing - Whether adverse expert evidence on manner of Claimant's race riding is essential to the viability of the Defence

- Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Patel v Allos Therapeutics Inc

Domain names - Trade marks - Registration of domain name with intent to use a protest site - No active use - UDRP - Order to transfer domain name to trade mark owner - Whether breach of registrant's rights under European Convention on Human Rights - Defamation - Malicious falsehood - Harassment - Wrongful threats - s.21, Trade Marks Act 1994

Claim no. HC07C01730 - Chancery Division

Judge Sonia Proudman QC, sitting as a Deputy Judge

Bray v Deutsche Bank AG

Defamation - Libel - Qualified privilege - Malice - Anonymity of witnesses

[2008] EWHC 1263 (QB); [2009] EMLR 12 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

O2 Holdings Ltd & Anor v Hutchison 3G UK Ltd (ECJ)

Trade mark - Infringement - Comparative advertising - Art 5, Trade Marks Directive – Art 3a(1), Comparative Advertising Directive – Reference to ECJ - Right to prevent use of sign identical or similar to registered mark — Whether extending to use of sign in comparative advertising

Case C-533/06; [2008] WLR (D) 193 - European Court of Justice

Judge President of Chamber Jann, Judges Tizzano, Borg Barthet, Ilešiè and Levits

McPhail & Doyle v Bourne & Anor

Music - Songs - Contracts - Settlement agreement - Undue influence - Misrepresentation - Partnership - Non-disclosure

[2008] EWHC 1235 (Ch) - Chancery Division

Judge Morgan J

Hart v Stewart

Sport - Football - FIFA Players' Agent Regulations - FA Football Agents Regulations - Arbitration - Stay - CPR 13.3: Setting aside judgment in default

28/05/2008 - Watford County Court

Judge DJ Sethi

Alitha Publishing Ltd & Constantinides v Cyprus

Defamation - Article 10 - Reynolds privilege - Responsible journalism - Justification - Fair comment - Qualified privilege - Burdens of proof - Article 8

Application No 17550/03 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Rozakis P, Vajic, Hajiyev, Spielmann, Jebens, Malinverni, and Nicolatos

Wood v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis

Privacy - Judicial review - Photographs - Public place - Police photographing individual associating with convicted criminal - Articles 8, 10, 11, 14, European Convention on Human Rights

[2008] EWHC 1105 (Admin) - Administrative Court

Judge McCombe J

P & Others v Quigley

Misuse of private information - False information - Article 8 - Article 10 - Injunctive relief - Breach of contract

[2008] EWHC 1051 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Murray v Big Pictures (UK) Ltd (CA)

Misuse of private information - Data protection - Human rights - Photographs - Reasonable expectation of privacy - Child

[2008] EWCA Civ 446; [2008] 3 WLR 1360; [2008] EMLR 399; [2008] EHRR 736; [2008] 2 FLR 599; [2008] HRLR 33; [2008] UKHRR 736; The Times, 12 May 2008 - Court of Appeal

Judge Sir Anthony Clarke MR, Laws & Thomas LJJ

Curistan v Times Newspapers Ltd (CA)

Defamation - Libel - Meaning - Qualified privilege - Repetition rule - Single-meaning rule - Preliminary issue

[2008] EWCA Civ 432; The Times, 6 May 2008 - Court of Appeal

Judge Lord Phillips CJ, Laws & Arden LJJ

Gur v Avrupa Newspaper Ltd & Anor (CA)

Defamation - Libel - Damages - Article 6, ECHR - Reference to personal injury awards

[2008] EWCA Civ 594; [2009] EMLR 4 - Court of Appeal

Judge Buxton, Tuckey, Dyson LJJ

Ashley v Chief Constable of Sussex

Appeal concerning whether a damages claim arising out of the fatal shooting of the deceased by a police officer should be permitted to proceed.

[2008] 2 WLR 975 (HL) - House of Lords

Judge Lord Neuberger

Smith v ADVFN Plc (CA)

Defamation - Norwich Pharmacal disclosure – Defamatory material on bulletin board

[2008] EWCA Civ 518 - Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Judge May and Moore-Bick LJJ

Fisher v Brooker & Onward Music (CA)

Copyright - Musical work - Joint authorship - Composition of song - Delay - Acquiescence - Laches - Proprietary estoppel - Impossibility of fair trial - Assignment - Contract - Unfairness - Remedies - Declaratory relief - Ownership

[2008] EWCA Civ 287 - Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Judge Mummery LJ, David Richards J, and Sir Paul Kennedy

Kulis v Poland

Human rights - Freedom of expression - Article 10, European Convention on Human Rights - Defamation - Publication of interview - Politician - Matter of public interest - Fact/value judgment dichotomy

Application No. 15601/02 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Bratza (President), Garlicki, Bonello, Pavlovschi, Mijoviæ, Šikuta, and Hirvelä (Judges)

R (Animal Defenders International) v Culture Secretary (HL)

Human rights - Freedom of expression - Article 10, ECHR - Prohibition of political advertising - Broadcasting - Television -Human Rights Act 1998 - Declaration of incompatibility - Communications Act 2003

[2008] UKHL 15; Times, 17 March 2008 - House of Lords

Judge Lord Bingham of Cornhill, Lord Scott of Foscote, Baroness Hale of Richmond, Lord Carswell, and Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury

R v Westminster Mags Court & ASIC ex p Hafner & Ors

Criminal evidence - Mutual assistance - Private documents - Article 8, European Convention on Human Rights - s.15, Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003

[2008] EWHC 524 (Admin) - Divisional Court

Judge Lord Phillips LCJ, Silber J

Rath v Guardian News & Media Limited & Anor

Libel - Striking out - Summary judgment - Defence - Justification - Severable and distinct allegation - Fair comment - Error in facts stated - s.6 Defamation Act 1952 - Damages - Reliance on other articles publishing similar allegations

[2008] EWHC 398 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

W v JH & A County Council Limited

Libel – Summary judgment – Qualified privilege – ‘Off the peg’ privilege – Lapse of time - Data Protection Act 1998 - Criminal Justice Act 2003

[2008] EWHC 399 (QB); [2009] EMLR 11 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Adelson v Associated Newspapers Ltd (No 3)

Libel - Stay - Striking out - Open offer to settle - Abuse of process - Proportionality - Damages - Vindication - Statement in open court - Costs

[2008] EWHC 278 (QB); [2009] EMLR 10 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Freer v Zeb & Ors

Defamation - Slander - Publication - Summary Judgment - Abuse of process - Vicarious liability - Civil restraint orders

[2008] EWHC 212 (QB) - High Court Queen's Bench Division

Judge Victoria Sharp QC

Guja v Moldova

European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms - ECHR - Article 10 - Freedom of Expression - Civil Servants - Confidential Information – Whistleblowing - Dismissal - Necessary in a democratic society

Application no. 14277/04 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Costa P, and Rozakis, Bratza, Zupanèiè, Lorenzen, Tulkens, Bonello, Casadevall, Maruste, Traja, Botoucharova, Pavlovschi, Garlicki, Gyulumyan, Mijoviæ, Villiger, and Hirvelä JJ

Ivereigh v Associated Newspapers Ltd

Witness anonymity - inherent jurisdiction - CPR 39.2(4) - interests of witness and her children - private and family life - open justice - balancing - intense focus - order granted

[2008] EWHC 339 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Crawford v CPS

Reporting restrictions - Children - Children and Young Persons Act 1933 - Article 8 ECHR - Costs

[2008] EWHC 854 (Admin); The Times, 20 February 2008 - Administrative Court

Judge Thomas LJ & Dobbs J

Selvarajan v GMC

Professional discipline - Penalty - Mitigation - Delay - ECHR Article 6

[2008] EWHC 182 (Admin) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Blake J

R v Croydon Crown Court & A & B ex parte Trinity Mirror plc & Ors

Reporting restrictions - Criminal conviction - Order to protect defendant's children - Open justice - s.11, Contempt of Court Act 1981 - s.45(4), Supreme Court Act 1981 - s.159, Criminal Justice Act 1988

[2008] EWCA Crim 50; [2009] EMLR 3 - Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

Judge Sir Igor Judge P (of QBD), Sir Mark Potter P (of Fam), Wilson LJ, Hallett LJ, David Clarke J

Jeynes v News Magazines Limited & Anor

Libel – Defamatory meaning - Whether words complained of capable of bearing pleaded meaning

[2008] EWCA Civ 130 - Court of Appeal

Judge Sir Anthony Clarke MR, Lord Justice Tuckey and Lord Justice Jacob

Heart of Midlothian v Webster & Wigan Athletic FC

Sports law - Contract - Unilateral termination - Compensation - Article 17, FIFA Regulations - Unilateral termination of contract by football player - Appropriate compensation to be paid to club

CAS 2007/A/1298-1300 - Court of Arbitration for Sport

Judge Byrne-Sutton (President) and Bertrand and Beloff QC (Arbitrators)

Seaga v Harper

Defamation - Slander - Defences - Qualified privilege - Reynolds privilege - Statement by politician - Application of Reynolds privilege to non-media publication

Appeal No 90 of 2006 - Privy Council

Judge Lords Scott, Walker, Carswell and Neuberger and Sir Henry Brooke

Balan v Moldova

Human rights - Photographs - Protocol 1, Article 1, ECHR - Peaceful enjoyment of possessions - State use of private property - Unauthorised use of photographs - Photographer's right to compensation

Application no. 19247/03 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Bratza J and Casadevall, Bonello, Traja, Pavlovschi, Šikuta and Hirvelä JJ

Trumm v Norman

Defamation - Libel – Qualified privilege – Meaning – Damages –Assessment of damages

[2008] EWHC 116 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Akinleye v East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust

Summary judgment - Part 24 - Defamation - Qualified privilege - Malice - Dominant motive - No honest belief in truth - Evidence of malice

[2008] EWHC 68 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Richard Parkes QC (sitting as a Deputy Judge)

Astron Clinica Ltd & Ors v Comptroller General

Patents - Software - Patentability of software - UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) practice - Substantive inventive contribution

[2008] EWHC 85 (Pat) - Chancery Division (Patents Court)

Judge Kitchin J

BBC v Sugar & The Information Commissioner (CA)

Freedom of information - Information Tribunal - Jurisdiction - Appeal from decision of Information Commissioner - 'Decision notice' - BBC as public authority - Information held for purposes of journalism - ss.50, 57, Freedom of Information Act 2000

[2008] EWCA Civ 191 - Court of Appeal

Judge Buxton and Lloyd LJJ and Sir Paul Kennedy

Oxford University & Ors v Broughton & Ors

Harassment - Injunction - Protection from Harassment Act 1997 - Freedom of expression - Freedom of assembly

[2008] EWHC 75 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Treacy J

Commissioner of Police of Bermuda & Anor v Bermuda Broadcasting Co Ltd & Ors

Breach of confidence - Public interest - Media law - Freedom of the press - Police investigations - Injunctive relief - Allegations of corruption

The Times, 24 January 2008 - Privy Council

Judge Lord Hoffmann, Lord Scott of Foscote, Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe, Lord Mance and Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury

R v Swansea Crown Court, ex parte BBC

Reporting restrictions - s.39, Children and Young Persons Act 1933 - Criminal offence - Order to prohibit publication of particulars identifying child as defendant - Application to lift restrictions - Whether any good reason for restrictions

T20077088 - Swansea Crown Court

Judge HHJ Diehl QC

FA Premier League Ltd v QC Leisure & Ors

Copyright - Broadcasts - ss.298, 299 Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 - Competition law - Article 81, EC Treaty - Infringement of copyright - Territorial licences - Decoders - Football matches - Use of non-UK decoders to received broadcasts of football matches in UK pubs

[2008] EWHC 44 (Ch) - Chancery Division

Judge Barling J

Condé Nast Publications Ltd & Anor v UK

Human rights - Right to fair trial - Right to freedom of expression - Arts 6, 10, 18, ECHR - Civil procedure - Video conference link - Defamation - Claimant in libel proceedings giving evidence by video conference link

Application no. 29746/05 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Casadevell (President) and Bratza, Bonello, Traja, Pavlovschi, Šikuta and Hirvelä (Judges)