Category: News

New Practice for Family Division Injunctions

The President of the Family Division has today issued new guidance to those seeking to obtain reporting restrictions orders against the media. The apparent ease with which reporting restriction orders were made in the Family… Read More »

First defamation costs capping order

Associated Newspapers has succeeded in their application for a costs-capping Order in an action brought by a claimant acting with a conditional fee agreement (CFA).   Alberta Matadeen, the Claimant in the libel action does not have ‘after-the-event’ insurance… Read More »

Jockey banned for drugs protocol breach

  The Jockey Club Disciplinary Panel last night found jockey Brett Doyle in breach of Rule 66(vi) of the Rules of Racing for failing to provide a urine sample when selected.       The Disciplinary Panel… Read More »

BBC faces JR for Jerry Springer

The BBC is facing a legal challenge to its decision to broadcast Jerry Springer – The Opera in January this year. The Christian Institute, based in Newcastle, is seeking judicial review contending that the programme breached… Read More »

Milne liable for CFA costs

In a judgment made available today, Master Seager Berry has held that solicitor Andrew Milne is liable on the bill of his former solicitors, David Price Solicitors & Advocates, who acted for him under a… Read More »

Jockey fined for misleading investigators

The Jockey Club Disciplinary Panel found Matthew Batchelor in breach of Rule 220(viii) of the Rules of Racing for misleading Jockey Club Investigation Officers.   Jump jockey Matthew Batchelor was questioned by Jockey Club Investigating… Read More »

Privacy injunction for Elizabeth Jagger

The elder daughter of Mick Jagger successfully applied to the High Court this week for a temporary injunction to restrain further publication of a CCTV recording captured in a Soho nightclub.   The recording included pictures of… Read More »

Hamilton ‘rape’ claims in new trial

On Monday (28 Feb 2005) the now infamous claims made by Nadine Milroy Sloan that she had been raped by Neil and Christine Hamilton will return to the High Court where they will form the backdrop… Read More »

Maxine Carr gets lifetime anonymity

Maxine Carr, the former girlfriend of Soham murderer Ian Huntley, was today granted an indefinite order protecting her new identity. In making the order, Mr Justice Eady said that it was necessary in order to protect… Read More »

Calls for PCC to be scrapped

A private members’ bill seeking the abolition of the Press Complaints Commission was published yesterday.   Labour MP Peter Bradley is introducing the bill to provide a statutory right of reply for inaccuracies published by newspapers. The bill is said to have cross-party backing as… Read More »

McLibel pair win ECHR Appeal

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the McLibel pair did not receive a fair trial and that the damages awarded against them were an interference with their right of freedom of expression…. Read More »

Playboy TV fined £25,000

The satellite service Playboy TV has been fined £25,000 by broadcasting regulator Ofcom for transmitting an R18 film on its encrypted service in breach of the Programme Code. The Code contains an absolute ban on R18… Read More »

The Sun fined for contempt

The Sun has been fined 100,000 Euros – around £70,000 – for contempt of court for an article in its Irish edition. The article, written in London although based on Dublin agency copy, was held to… Read More »

Polanski Appeal Allowed

Film director, Roman Polanski, has won the right to give evidence in his libel action against Vanity Fair via video link from France, the House of Lords has ruled today.   In a 3-2 majority judgment, the Law Lords have reversed an… Read More »

Wall Street Journal appeal dismissed

In a judgment handed down today, the Court of Appeal has upheld Eady J’s decision to reject the defence of Reynolds qualified privilege in the case brought by Mohammed Jameel and an associated company against the Wall… Read More »

Hamiltons settle with Max Clifford

Max Clifford has paid Neil and Christine Hamilton undisclosed damages and costs to settle their libel and slander claims brought in relation to false allegations of rape made against the couple by hoaxer Nadine Milroy Sloan. Mr… Read More »

Increased protection for advertising slogans?

Companies will be given greater IP protection for their advertising slogans if the full European Court decision in Societe des Produits Nestle SA v Mars UK Ltd (Case C-353/03) follows the advisory opinion of the adocate general, delivered today…. Read More »

Al Rajhi 9/11 claim dismissed

Claims made against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and a number of other defendants over the 9/11 attacks have been dismissed by a US judge after preliminary applications.  The Saudi bank, Al Rajhi Banking & Investment… Read More »

Data protection fines for police staff

A special constable working for Dorset Police was fined £1000 for breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998 for using police databases to look up people she knew.  The special constable in question, Geraldine Tabor,… Read More »

First peer-to-peer filesharing convictions

The first convictions for peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing have been recorded in the US. Two men who operated central hubs in a peer-to-peer community today pleaded guilty to charges of criminal copyright infringement. US government investigators had… Read More »