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Far Out Productions Inc v Water Music Productions Ltd & Ors

Discontinuance – CPR r. 38.6 - Alternative order for costs – Whether valid reason for departing from deemed order under r. 44.12 that C pay costs on standard basis.

16/12/2009 - Chancery Division

Judge Nicholas Strauss QC

Lucasfilm Ltd & Ors v Ainsworth & Anor

Copyright - Infringement - Sculpture - Allocation of jurisdiction - Foreign copyright protection - Conflict of laws

[2009] EWCA Civ 1328 - Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Judge Rix, Jacob and Patten LJJ

Financial Times Ltd & Ors v United Kingdom

Article 10 - Freedom of Expression - Journalists' Sources - Breach of Confidence - Norwich Pharmacal Orders - Whether necessary in a democratic society

Application no. 821/03 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Garlicki P, Bratza, Bonello, Mijovic, Bjorgvinsson, Bianku, Poalelungi

Imerman v Imerman

Family law - Ancillary relief - Use of confidential information obtained secretly - Irregularly obtained information - Articles 6 and 8, ECHR

[2009] EWHC 3486 (Fam) - Family Division

Judge Moylan J

R (on the application of A) v B

Human Rights - s.7(1)(a), Human Rights Act - Jurisdiction - Investigatory Powers Tribunal - s 65(2)(a), Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 - Judicial review - Bias - Freedom of expression - Right to fair trial - Articles 6, 10, ECHR

[2009] UKSC 12 - Supreme Court

Judge Lords Phillips, Hope, Brown, Mance and Clarke

BKM Ltd v BBC

Injunctions - Privacy - Article 8 - Freedom of expression - Article 10 - Human Rights Act 1998, ss. 12(3) and (4)

[2009] EWHC 3151 (Ch) - Chancery Division

Judge Mr Justice Mann

G & G v Wikimedia Foundation Inc

Privacy – Confidence – Disclosure – Norwich Pharmacal Orders – Anonymity – Hearing in private - Restricting access to court file – Open justice - rr.5.4C(4), 39.2(1), 39.2(3), Civil Procedure Rules 1998

[2009] EWHC 3148 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Williams v MGN Ltd

Libel - Abuse of process - Defamatory meaning - Limitation - Strike out - Real and substantial tort

[2009] EWHC 3150 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Karsai v Hungary

Defamation - Human Rights - Article 10, ECHR - Comment

Application No. 5380/07 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Tulkens P, Barreto, Jociene, Sajo, Tsotsoria, Karakas

DW v The Scottish Ministers

Legal aid - Defamation - Scottish law - Availability of legal aid for claim - Civil Legal Aid for Defamation or Verbal Injury Proceedings (Scotland) Directions 2007 and 2008

[2009] CSOH 151 - Outer House, Court of Session

Judge Lord Wheatley

Independent News and Media Ltd & Ors v A

Reporting restrictions - Court of Protection - Article 10 - Freedom of expression - Article 8 - Respect for privacy

[2009] EWHC 2858 (Fam) - Family Division

Judge Hedley J

Thornton v Telegraph Media Group Ltd

Defamation – Libel - Fair comment – Striking out - Words capable of being comment – Facts not truly stated by reviewer - s.6 Defamation Act 1952

[2009] EWHC 2863 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Sir Charles Gray

Lonzim Plc & others v Sprague

Defamation - Slander - Libel - Publication - Extent of publication - Internet publication - Abuse of process - Striking out - Summary judgment - Foreign publisher - Aggravated damages - Striking out - No real damage - Vindication - Injunction - Proportionality

[2009] EWHC 2838 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Ecclestone v Telegraph Media Group Ltd

Defamation - Libel - Meaning - CPR PD 53 para 4.1 - Whether words complained capable of being defamatory

[2009] EWHC 2779 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Sharp J

Winslet v Associated Newspapers Ltd

Defamation - Libel - Offer of Amends - ss.2-4 Defamation Act 1996- Statement in open court - Unilateral statement in open court after offer of amends - CPR 53PD para 6.1

[2009] EWHC 2735 (QB); [2010] EMLR 11 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

R (on the application of L) v Comr of Police of the Metropolis

Judicial review – Enhanced criminal record certificate - Inclusion of information in certificate - Declaration of incompatibility - Police Act 1997, s.115(7) – Privacy – Article 8

[2009] UKSC 3; [2009] 3 WLR 1056 - Supreme Court

Judge Lord Hope (Deputy President), Lord Saville, Lord Scott, Lord Brown and Lord Neuberger

Karim v Newsquest Media Group

Libel - Absolute privilege - s.14 Defamation Act 1996 - Fair and accurate report of court proceedings - Regulation 19, E-commerce Regulations 2002 - User-generated content

[2009] EWHC 3205 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

White v Withers LLP & Ors (CA)

Interference with goods - Ancillary relief - Interception of spouses' personal documents - Hildebrand documents - Provision of documents to solicitors - Solicitors' liability

[2009] EWCA Civ 1122 - Court of Appeal

Judge Ward, Sedley and Wilson LJJ

Europapress Holding D.O.O v Croatia

Freedom of expression - Article 10 - Defamation - Whether interference "necessary in a democratic society" - Proportionality

Application no. 25333/06 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Rozakis P, Vajic, Hajiyev, Spielmann, Jebens, Malinverni, Nicolaou

Hunt v AB

Malicious prosecution - Rape charge - Acquittal on appeal - Claim against accuser - Identity of prosecutor - Trial of preliminary issue - Appeal

[2009] EWCA Civ 1092; The Times, 28 October 2009 - Court of Appeal

Judge Sedley, Wall & Moore-Bick LJJ

Joseph & others v Spiller & another

Defamation - Fair comment - s.6 Defamation Act 1952 - Public interest - Words capable of being comment - Justification - Breach of contract - Employment Agencies & Employment Business Regulations 2003

[2009] EWCA Civ 1075 - Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Judge Pill, Hooper, Wilson LJJ

Chief Constable of Humberside v Information Commissioner & Another

Data protection – Data Protection Principles - Human Rights – Whether the Data Protection Principles under the Data Protection Act 1998 oblige police to delete certain old minor convictions from the Police National Computer (PNC)

[2009] EWCA Civ 1079 - Court of Appeal (Civil)

Judge Waller, Carnath, Hughes LJJ

Department of Health v (1) Information Commissioner (2) Pro Life Alliance

Freedom of information - Data protection - s. 40 Freedom of Information Act 2000 (personal information exemption) - s.44 Freedom of Information Act 2000 (disclosure prohibited by an enactment) -  Abortion statistics - Anonymisation - Abortion Regulations 1991 - Pro Life Alliance

EA/2008/0074 - Information Tribunal

Judge Fiona Henderson, Jacqueline Blake, Pieter de Waal

Kahangi & Ors v Nourizadeh

Defamation - security for costs - resident out of jurisdiction - enforcement - Iran - discretion

[2009] EWHC 2451 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Bloom v Robinson-Millar

Defamation - Libel - Harassment - Trial of action - Neighbour dispute - Publication of letters over a long period - Whether course of conduct was harassment of claimant - Damages

07/10/2009 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Sharp J

Flood v Times Newspapers Ltd

Defamation - Allegations published in print and on website - Reynolds privilege - Preliminary issue - Police officer - Allegation of corruption - Police investigation - Anonymous ources

[2009] EWHC 2375 (QB); [2010] EMLR 8 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

RST v UVW

Article 10 - Freedom of expression - Article 8 - Respect for privacy - s.12 Human Rights Act 1998 - Privacy – Confidence – Interim injunction

[2009] EWHC 2448 (QB) - Queen’s Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

ASG v GSA

Privacy – Injunction - Interim injunction - Without notice - Appeal against refusal to grant injunction – Section 12 Human Rights Act 1998 - ECHR, Articles 8, 10

[2009] EWCA Civ 1574 - Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Judge Waller, Ward and Stanley Burnton LJJ

Marathon Mutual Ltd & Anor v Waters & Anor

Defamation - Libel - Slander - Malicious falsehood - Whether the tort of malicious falsehood requires reference to the claimant in the words complained of - Whether pleadings needed to be amended

[2009] EWHC 1931 (QB), [2009] All ER (D) 06 (Aug) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge HHJ Moloney QC

McLaughlin & Ors v Newall

Defamation – Striking out - Defence of compromise

[2009] EWHC 1925 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge HHJ Moloney QC sitting as a Judge of the High Court

Sanders v Percy & Ministry of Justice

Slander - Strike out - Slander actionable per se - Harrassment - Abuse of process - Jameel abuse

[2009] EWHC 1870 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge HHJ Moloney QC (sitting as a Judge of the High Court)

Ajinomoto Sweeteners Europe SAS v Asda Stores Ltd (No 2)

Malicious falsehood - Meaning - Preliminary Issue - Single-meaning rule - Least injurious meaning

[2009] EWHC 1717 (QB); [2010] 1 QB 204; [2009] 3 WLR 1149; [2010] 2 AllER 311; [2009] FSR 29 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Attorney General v Random House Group Ltd

Contempt of court - Injunction - Contempt of Court Act 1981, ss.2(2), 5 - Substantial risk of serious impediment to course of justice - Criminal trial - Book detailing police operation leading to arrests

[2009] EWHC 1727 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Mr Justice Tugendhat

Desmond v Bower (CA)

Defamation - Libel -Justification - Similar fact evidence - Admissibility to prove specific charge

[2009] EWCA Civ 667 - Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Judge Rix and Wilson LJJ

Clift v Slough Borough Council & Kelleher

Defamation - Libel - Qualified privilege - Malice - Local Authority duties - Anti-social behaviour - Violent Persons Register - Necessity and proportionality of publication - Human Rights Act 1998

[2009] EWHC 1550 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Levi v Bates

Defamation - Libel - Meaning - Qualified privilege - Justification - Fair Comment - Damages

[2009] EWHC 1495 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Sir Charles Gray (Sitting as a Judge of the High Court)

Verein gegen Tierfabriken Schweiz (VgT) v Switzerland (No.2)

Freedom of Expression - Article 10 - Advertisements - Public interest - Political speech

Application no. 32772/02 - European Court of Human Rights (Grand Chamber)

Judge Costa P, Rozakis, Tulkens, Casadevall, Birsan, Kovler, Gyulumyan, Mijovic, Popovic, Berro-Lefevre, Hirvela, Malinverni, Sajo, Bianku, Power, Poalelungi

Johnson v MGN Ltd

Libel - Meaning - Innuendo - CPR 53, PD 4.1 - Whether words capable of bearing pleaded defamatory meanings

[2009] EWHC 1481 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Spencer v Spencer

Family proceedings - Media access - Ancillary relief - Application to exclude media from hearing - Family Proceeding Rules, 10.28

[2009] EWHC 1529 (Fam) - Family Division

Judge Munby J

HMRC v Banerjee

Confidentiality - Private information - Anonymity - Open justice - Order for anyonymity sought after public hearing - Tax and financial information

[2009] EWHC 1229 (Ch); [2009] EMLR 24 - Chancery Division

Judge Henderson J

Bray v Deutsche Bank AG (No 2)

Libel - Part 24 - Publication - Successive Part 24 applications - Malice - qualified privilege - preliminary issues

[2009] EWHC 1356 (QB); [2009] EMLR 12 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Attorney-Generals Reference No. 3 of 1999 Application by the BBC to set aside or vary a Reporting Restriction Order

Criminal procedure – Reporting restrictions – Broadcasters – Anonymity - Identity of defendant acquitted of rape - Art. 8 European Convention of Human Rights - Art.10 European Convention of Human Rights - s. 6(1) Human Rights Act 1998 - s. 35 Criminal Appeal Act 1968 – Criminal Appeal (Reference of Points of Law) Rules 1973

[2009] UKHL 34 - House of Lords

Judge Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, Lord Hope of Craighead, Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe, Lord Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood and Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury

Guardian News & Media Ltd v Information Commissioner

Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Privacy - Data Protection Act 1998 - Disciplinary action - Judges - Publication - Public interest - Administration of justice - Constitutional Reform Act 2005 - Reasonable expectation of privacy

EA/2008/0084 - Information Tribunal

Judge Chairman David Marks QC

Wood v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis (CA)

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

[2009] EWCA Civ 414; [2009] HRLR 25; [2010] EMLR 1; Times, June 1, 2009 - Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Judge Lord Collins of Mapesbury, Laws and Dyson LJJ

Napier & Another v Pressdram Ltd

Breach of confidence - injunction - disciplinary investigations - privacy - Legal Services Ombudsman - s.23 Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 - s. 44D & s. 44E Solicitors Act 1974 - Legal Services Act 2007

[2009] EWCA Civ 443 - Court of Appeal

Judge Hughes, Toulson and Sullivan LJJ

Re Stedman & Patten (& Others)

Reporting restrictions - Family - Children - Injunctions - Article 10 - Freedom of expression - Article 8 - Respect for privacy and family life - Public domain - 'Canute' principle - s.12 Human Rights Act 1998

[2009] EWHC 935 (Fam) - Family Division

Judge Mrs Justice Eleanor King

Monks v Warwick District Council

Defamation – Libel – Strike out - Meaning - Malice – Damages claim – General loss of custom and business – Amendments – Special damages - Exemplary damages - CPR r.3.1 – Summary judgment – Whether real prospect of success – CPR Part 24.2

[2009] EWHC 959 (QB) - Queens Bench Division

Judge Sharp J

Quinton v Peirce & Cooper

Malicious falsehood - Data Protection Act - Election leaflet - Meaning - Malice - Falsity - s.3 Defamation Act 1952 - Remedies - Rectification - Accuracy - Causation

[2009] EWHC 912 (QB); [2009] FSR 17 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Karako v Hungary

Defamation - Libel - Criminal proceedings - Right to respect for private life - Article 8, European Convention on Human Rights - Freedom of expression - Article 10, European Convention on Human Rights - Political campaign - Value judgments

Application no. 39311/05 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Tulkens P., Barreto, Zagrebelsky, Jociene, Popovic, Sajo, Karakas

Egeland v Norway

Freedom of expression - Article 10 - Photographs - Court reporting - Article 8 - Privacy

Application nos. 34438/04, 16 April 2009 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Rozakis (President), Vajiæ, Kovler, Steiner, Hajivey, Jebens and Malinverni (Judges)

Peacock v MGN Ltd

Defamation – Libel – Costs capping order – Conditional fee agreement – After the event insurance – New costs capping rules - Whether a costs cap should be ordered

[2009] EWHC 769 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Sanoma Uitgevers BV v Netherlands

Human rights - Freedom of expression - Article 10, European Convention on Human Rights - Protection of journalistic sources - Investigation of crime - Photographs

Application no. 38224/03 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Casadevall, President; Bîrsan, Gyulumyan, Myjer, Ziemele, López Guerra and Power, judges

Noorani v Calver (No 2 Costs)

Defamation - Libel - Discontinuance - Indemnity costs - Payment on account - Conditional fee agreements

[2009] EWHC 592 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division, Liverpool District Registry

Judge Coulson J

Barclays Bank PLC v Guardian News & Media Ltd

Breach of confidence - Injunction - Documents available on internet - Whether documents remained confidential - Human Rights Act 1998, s.12(4) - Freedom of expression - Public interest - Whether injunction proportionate interference with right

[2009] EWHC 591 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Blake J

Noorani v Calver (No 1)

Defamation - Slander - Vulgar abuse - Actionability per se - Abuse of process - Real and substantial tort

[2009] EWHC 561 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division, Liverpool District Registry

Judge Coulson J

Times Newspapers Ltd (Nos 1 and 2) v The United Kingdom

Freedom of expression - Article 10 ECHR - Libel - Internet publication - Archives - Qualified privilege - Reynolds privilege - Freedom of expression - Article 10 ECHR - Single publication rule - Internet publication rule

Application nos 3002/03 and 23676/03; [2009] EMLR 14 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Garlicki J, President, Bratza, Bonello, Mijovic, Hirvela, Bianku, Vucinic, Early JJ

Flood v Times Newspapers Ltd (Third Party Disclosure)

Defamation - Libel - Third-party Disclosure Order - CPR Part 31.17 - Classes of document - Likely to support a party's case - Confidentiality/privacy interests of third parties mentioned in the documents - Necessity for disclosure order - Discretion

[2009] EWHC 411 (QB); [2009] EMLR 18 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Radu v Houston & Another (No.4)

Libel - Justification - Pleading of a Chase level 2 defence - Striking out

[2009] EWHC 398 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Sugar v BBC & Anor (HL)

Freedom of Information Act 2000 - jurisdiction - information held for the purposes of journalism, art or literature - public body - hybrid authority - decision notice

[2009] UKHL 9 - House of Lords

Judge Lords Phillips of Worth Matravers, Hoffmann, Hope of Craighead and Neuberger of Abbotsbury and Baroness Hale of Richmond

Eerikäinen & Ors v Finland

Freedom of Expression - Privacy – European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms 1950 Article 10 – Freedom of the press - Reporting on pending criminal proceedings – Photos - Public interest

Application no. 3514/02 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Bratza J President, Garlicki, Bonello, Mijovic, Hirvella, Bianku and Vucinic JJ

Ferguson v British Gas Trading Ltd

Harassment – Protection From Harassment Act 1997 - Companies - Corporate liability – Threats to customer - Course of conduct – Knowledge – Striking out

[2009] EWCA Civ 46 - Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Judge Sedley, Jacob, and Lloyd LJJ

Wall Street Journal Europe Sprl v UK (Admissibility)

Human rights - Admissibility - Freedom of expression - Article 10, European Convention on Human Rights - Fair trial - Article 6, European Convention on Human Rights - Defamation - Reynolds privilege - Jury directions - Presumption of falsity - Meaning

Application no. 28577/05 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge

Wakefield v Ford & Anor

Defamation - Libel - Contract - Malice - Costs - Discontinuance by Claimant - Whether Claimant could accept an 'offer' made by Defendant in without prejudice save as to costs correspondence - Indemnity costs - Payment on account of costs

[2009] EWHC 122 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

WER v REW

Privacy - Injunctions - Evidence about allegedly private information - Truth or falsity - Public domain - Notification of media - Spycatcher principle

Unreported, 26 January 2009 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Sir Charles Gray

Bedeau v London Borough of Newham

Contempt of Court - Defamation - Confidential information - Family Division - Publication - Website - Whether principles of defamation apply to laws of contempt

[2009] EWHC 293 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Holroyde J

Reklos and Davourlis v Greece

European Convention on Human Rights - Article 8 – Right to respect for private and family life –Photography – Consent – New-born baby

Application no. 1234/05 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Vajic J, President, Rozakis, Kovler, Steiner, Spielmann, Jebens and Nicolaou JJ