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Rebekah Vardy v Coleen Rooney

Libel – Defence under s.2 of the Defamation Act 2013

[2022] EWHC 2017 (QB) - High Court, Queen's Bench Division

Judge Steyn J

Soriano v Le Point & Anor

Libel – summary judgment – strike out – serious harm

[2022] EWHC 1763 (QB) - High Court, Queen's Bench Division

Judge Mrs Justice Collins Rice

Rebekah Vardy v Coleen Rooney

Libel – disclosure – journalistic sources – section 10 Contempt of Court Act 1981 – Article 10 ECHR – waiver – witness summonses

[2022] EWHC 1209 (QB) - High Court, Queen’s Bench Division, Media & Communications List

Judge Steyn J

Vardy v Rooney

Joinder – Disclosure – Amendments – Further Information

[2022] EWHC 304 (QB) - High Court (Media & Communications List) (QBD)

Judge Steyn J

Rebekah Vardy v Coleen Rooney

Libel – summary judgment – strike out – social media – proportionality

[2021] EWHC 1888 (QB) - High Court, Queen's Bench Division

Judge Steyn J

Depp v News Group Newspapers

libel – Defence under s.2 of the Defamation Act 2013

[2020] EWHC 2911 (QB) - High Court, Queen's Bench Divisions (Media & Communications)

Judge Nicol J

DSM SFG Group Holdings Limited v Kelly

Breach of Confidence - Harassment - Discharge of Undertakings to the Court - The extent, if at all, that it is permissible for a litigant to rely on confidential information, obtained by covert recording of another's premises, to support a legal claim before that litigant has established the right to use that information

[2019] EWCA Civ 2256 - Court of Appeal

Judge Lord Justice Davis; Lord Justice Simon

R v R & Anor

Reporting Restrictions – Court of Appeal – Anonymity Orders – Section 97 Children Act 1989 – Open Justice

[2017] EWCA Civ 1588 - Court of Appeal, Civil Division

Judge McFarlane, Sharp and Hickinbottom LJJ

Stunt v Associated Newspapers

data protection – the data protection act 1998 – s.32(4) – stay in data protection claims

[2017] EWHC 695 (QB) - High Court, Queen's Bench Division

Judge Mr Justice Popplewell

PJS v News Group Newspapers Ltd (SC)

PJS v News Group Newspapers – Privacy – Injunction – Court of Appeal – Article 8 – Article 10 – Sun on Sunday – Publicity - Permission to Appeal - Appeal - Supreme Court - whether to uphold decision of Court of Appeal to discharge interim injunction

[2016] UKSC 26 - Supreme Court

Judge Lord Neuberger, Lady Hale, Lord Mance, Lord Reed, Lord Toulson

Svetlana Lokhova v Piotr Tymula

Libel - Limitation Act 1980 - s. 32A - Jameel abuse - qualified privilege - malice - summary judgment

[2016] EWHC 225 (QB) - High Court (Queen's Bench Division)

Judge Dingemans J

Weller v Associated Newspapers Limited

Misuse of private information- Data protection- Human rights- Photographs- Reasonable expectation of privacy- Children- Freedom of expression

[2014] EWHC 1163 (QB) - High Court (QBD)

Judge Dingemans J

RocknRoll v News Group Newspapers Ltd

Privacy - Injunction - Expectation of Privacy - Public Figure - Public Domain - Public Interest

[2013] EWHC 24 (Ch) - High Court (Chancery Division)

Judge Briggs J

Church v MGN Limited

Defamation - libel - ruling on meaning - procedure - application for ruling without a hearing - direction for hearing - open justice - costs

[2012] EWHC 693 (QB); [2012] EMLR 28 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

(1) Ting Lan Hong (2) Child KLM v XYZ & Ors

Harassment - Interim Injunction - Application without Notice - Protection from Harassment Act 1997 s.1(1)(a)

[2011] EWHC 2995 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Modi & IMG v Clarke

Appeal - Permission to Appeal - Defamation - Libel - Meaning - Whether the Judge was correct to rule that the words complained of were incapable of bearing any meaning defamatory of either Claimant

[2011] EWCA Civ 937 - Court of Appeal

Judge Master of the Rolls, Thomas and Moses LLJ

Modi v Clarke; IMG v Clarke

Defamation - Libel - Costs - Defamation Proceedings Costs Management Scheme - Practice Direction 51D - Whether it is necessary or appropriate under the Scheme to refer a Master or Judge to settlement offers

[2011] EWHC 1324 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Mosley v UK

Article 8, ECHR - Right to respect for private life - Victim status - Domestic remedies - Positive obligations - Availability of injunctive relief - Margin of appreciation - No violation

Application no. 48009/08; [2012] EMLR 1 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Garlicki, Bratza, Mijovic, Bjorgvinsson, Hirvela, Bianku, Vucinic

JIH v News Group Newspapers Ltd (CA)

Injunction - Anonymity order - Privacy - Misuse of private information - Open justice - Article 8 ECHR - Article 10 ECHR - Reporting restrictions

[2011] EWCA Civ 42 - Court of Appeal

Judge Master of the Rolls, Kay & Smith LJJ

JIH v News Group Newspapers (No 2)

Injunction - Anonymity order - Privacy - Misuse of private information - Open justice - Articles 8, 10 ECHR

[2010] EWHC 2979 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Donald v Ntuli

Privacy - Injunctions - Arts 8 and 10 ECHR - Anonymity of parties - Non-disclosure of fact of injunction

[2010] EWCA Civ 1276 - Court of Appeal

Judge Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury MR, Kay LJ, Sedley LJ

Fiddes v Channel Four Television Corporation & Ors (No 2) (CA)

Libel - Mode of trial - Jury or judge alone - Prolonged examination of documents - Convenience of trial with jury - Discretion - s.69 Senior Courts Act 1981

[2010] EWCA Civ 730 - Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Judge Neuberger MR, Maurice Kay VP and Sedley LJJ

Hays Plc v Hartley

Defamation - Abuse of process - No real or substantial tort - Collateral purpose - Qualified privilege - Reynolds privilege

[2010] EWHC 1068 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Dee v Telegraph Media Group Ltd (No 2)

Libel - Summary judgment - Defamatory meaning - Whether articles in newspaper to be read together - Justification - Fair comment - Whether real prospect of rebutting defences

[2010] EWHC 924 (QB); [2010] EMLR 20 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Sharp J

Bowman v MGN Ltd

Libel - Offer to make amends - Defamation Act 1996, ss.2 - 4 - Compensation - Costs - Rejection of settlement offers

[2010] EWHC 895 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Fiddes v Channel 4 Television Corporation & Ors (CA)

Defamation - Civil Evidence - Disclosure - Duty of Search - Electronic Documents - Deleted Emails - Restoration of Back up tapes - CPR Practice Direction 31

[2010] EWCA Civ 516 - Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Judge Pill LJ, Smith LJ, Wilson LJ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

L v L and H (a firm)

Confidence – Legal professional privilege – Disclosure – Documents obtained by 'self-help’ - Delivery up – Unlawful conduct – s.55, Data Protection Act 1998 – s.1, Computer Misuse Act 1990 – Jurisdiction

[2007] EWHC 140 (QB); [2007] 2 FLR 171 - Queen’s Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

McKennitt v Ash (CA)

Privacy - Breach of confidence - Article 8 - Article 10 - Shared confidence - Public domain - Public interest - False private information.

[2006] EWCA Civ 1714; [2008] QB 73; [2007] 3 WLR 194; [2007] EMLR 113; The Times, 20 December 2006 - Court of Appeal

Judge Buxton, Latham & Longmore LLJ

Angel v Stainton & Another

Defamation - Libel - Offer of Amends - Compensation

[2006] EWHC 637 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Lowe v Associated Newspapers Ltd

Defamation - Libel - Fair Comment - Meaning - Requirements as to facts relied upon as supporting comment - Knowledge of relevant facts at the time of publication

[2006] EWHC 320 (QB); [2007] 2 WLR 595; [2006] 3 All ER 357; [2006] EMLR 476; The Times, 29 March 2006 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

McKennitt v Ash (QBD)

Confidential information - Privacy - Extent to which material in public domain - Public interest defence

[2005] EWHC 3003 (QB); [2006] EMLR 178 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

A v B, C & D

Privacy - Confidence - Injunctions - Likelihood of Success - Claimant having put similar information into the public domain - 'zone of privacy'

[2005] EWHC 1651 (QB); [2005] EMLR 851; [2005] 28(8) IPD 28060 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

McKeith v News Group Newspapers Ltd

Defamation - Libel - Meaning - Common sting - Justification - Reynolds privilege - Meaning - Justification - Striking out - Case management

[2005] EWHC 1162 (QB); [2005] EMLR 780 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Douglas v Hello! Ltd (No 8) (CA)

Privacy - Confidence - Transferability of rights of privacy/ confidence - Economic torts - Test of intention as an ingredient of economic torts - Test of causation of damage - Interim injunctions - Whether damages adequate remedy

[2005] EWCA Civ 595; [2006] QB 125; [2005] 3 WLR 881; [2005] EMLR 609; The Times 24 May 2005; The Times 26 May 2005 - Court of Appeal

Judge Lord Phillips MR, Clarke & Neuberger LJJ

Richardson v Schwarzenegger & Others

Libel - Service out - CPR 6.20 - liability for republication - qualified privilege - reply to attack - agent and principal

[2004] EWHC 2422 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Collins Stewart Ltd & Another v The Financial Times Ltd

Libel - Damages - Special damages - Strike out - Company - Measure of damages by reference to share price - Mode of trial - General damages

[2004] EWHC 2337 (QB); [2005] EMLR 64 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Phillipps v Associated Newspapers Ltd & Another

Defamation - Acceptance of Defendants' Part 36 Offer to Settle - Entitlement to Unilateral Statement in Open Court - Part 53 PD 6.1 - Costs

[2004] EWHC 190 (QB); [2004] 1 WLR 2106; [2004] 2 All ER 455; [2004] EMLR 218 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

King v Lewis

Defamation - Libel - Civil procedure - Service out of the jurisdiction - Appropriate forum

[2004] EWHC 168 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Douglas v Hello! Ltd (No.6)

Breach of confidence - Privacy - Data Protection Act 1998 - intellectual property - Quantum of damages - Distress - Wasted costs - Loss of revenue - Notional licence fee

[2003] EWHC 2629 (Ch); [2004] EMLR 13 - Chancery Division

Judge Lindsay J

Oduro v Time Life

Defamation - Libel - Meanings - Strike out application - Abuse of process

[2003] EWHC 1787 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Douglas v Hello! Ltd (No.5)

Human Rights - intellectual property - Breach of confidence - Privacy - ECHR, Art 8 - Freedom of expression - ECHR, Art 10 - Data Protection Act 1998 - use of surrepitiously taken photographs

[2003] EWHC 786 (Ch); [2003] 3 All ER 996; [2003] EMLR 641 - Chancery Division

Judge Lindsay J

Douglas v Hello! Ltd (No.4)

Breach of confidence - Privacy - ECHR, Art 8 - intellectual property - Civil procedure - Witness statements - Hearsay evidence - Cross-examination - CPR 33.4 - CPR 32.5

[2003] EWCA Civ 332; [2003] EMLR 633 - Court of Appeal

Judge Lord Woolf CJ, Kennedy & Scott Baker LJJ

Douglas v Hello! Ltd (No.2)

Breach of confidence - Privacy - ECHR, Art 10 - ECHR, Art 8 - Service out of jurisdiction - Data Protection Act 1998 - Interference with rights and business - Unlawful means conspiracy - photographs

[2003] EWCA Civ 139; [2003] EMLR 585 - Court of Appeal

Judge Phillips MR, Rix & Scott Baker LJJ

Douglas v Hello! Ltd (No.3)

Breach of confidence - Privacy - Human Rights - ECHR, Art 8 - Striking out - Re-amendments - Fair trial

[2003] EWHC 55 (Ch); [2003] EMLR 601 - Chancery Division

Judge Sir Andrew Morritt VC

Abu v MGN Ltd

Defamation - Libel - offer of amends- principles to be applied in assessing compensation under s3(5) of the Defamation Act 1996- damages

[2002] EWHC 2345 (QB); [2003] 1 WLR 2201; [2003] 2 All ER 864; [2003] EMLR 21 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Elite Model Agency v BBC

Defamation - libel - reference - defamation of a company - whether correct claimant had sued - whether individuals should have sued

24/05/2001 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Douglas v Hello! Ltd

Breach of confidence - Injunction - Privacy - Human Rights Act 1998, s.12(3) - ECHR, Art 10 - ECHR, Art 8

[2001] QB 967; [2001] 2 WLR 992; [2001] 2 All ER 289; [2001] EMLR 199; [2001] FSR 732 - Court of Appeal

Judge Brooke, Sedley & Keene LJ

Basham v Gregory (No.2)

Defamation - Libel - Meaning - Justification - Defamation Act 1952, s.5 - Summing up - Misdirection - Criticism of counsel - Retrial

[1998] EWCA Civ 1137 - Court of Appeal

Judge Stuart-Smith & Otton LJJ & Sir Brian Neill

Basham v Gregory

Defamation - Late Amendments - Justification

21/02/1996 - Court of Appeal

Judge Lord Bingham CJ, Roch & Swinton Thomas LJJ

McDonalds Corp v Steel and Morris

Defamation - Libel - Striking Out - Defence - Justification - Basis on which it was proper to advance plea of justification - defences of justification and fair comment form part of the framework by which free speech is protected

[1995] 3 All ER 615 - Court of Appeal

Judge Neill, Steyn & Peter Gibson LJJ