Case Law: Johnson v Steele, Victim of cyber bullying campaign by blogger awarded £70,000 damages – Hardeep Singh

19 11 2014

cyber_bullyingIn the case of Johnson v Steele ([2014] EWHC B24 QB)) a building industry expert was awarded £70,000 libel damages over a “cyber bullying” campaign orchestrated against him on Twitter and blogs. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Spanish GP wins libel claim against the Daily Mail, damages of £45,000

6 10 2014

Daily-MailA Spanish GP based in Hastings, Dr Jose Antonio Serrano Garcia, has won his libel action against the Daily Mail based on an April 2012 column by Kelvin MacKenzie.  He was awarded damages of £45,000. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Kadir v Channel S Television, Assessment of damages in a libel claim – Sara Mansoori

31 07 2014

channelsuksThe case of Kadir v Channel S Television [2014] EWHC 2305 was a hearing for assessment of damages in a libel claim following default judgment.  The Defendant, a Channel broadcasting in the UK in the Bengali language, carried a news item in December 2011 alleging that the Second Claimant, a money transfer business, was reasonably suspected of fraud and that its director, Mr Kadir, had dealt with suspicions against the business’ employees in a highly evasive and incompetent manner. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: AVB v TDD, No damages for solicitor whose private information was misused by short changed prostitute – Dania Rifaat

24 05 2014

AnonymousIn the unusual privacy case of AVB v TDD ([2014] EWHC 1442 (QB)), the High Court dismissed the majority of a solicitor’s claims against a prostitute for misuse of private information, harassment, breach of confidence and breach of contract. The Court found for the Claimant in respect of one element of his privacy head of claim and declined to award any damages but did grant him an injunction. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Hong Kong: Pui Kwan Kay v Ming Pao, Responsible Journalism Defence fails

25 09 2013

Pui Kwan KayThe Hong Kong Chinese-language newspaper Ming Pao Daily was ordered to pay defamation damages of HK$500,000 (£69,000) to Hong Kong Football Association vice-chairman Pui Kwan-Kay. In a ruling handed down on 6 September 2013 ([2013] HKCFI 1442) Mr Justice Thomas Au Hing-cheung rejected the newspaper’s defence of “responsible journalism”. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Daily Mail agrees to pay £125,000 libel damages to Sally Morgan

21 06 2013

sally morganThe publishers of the Daily Mail have agreed to pay damages of £125,000 to the “psychic to the stars”, Sally Morgan, in respect of an article which alleged that she had cheated an audience in Dublin by using an earpiece.  The trial of the action had been due to commence on 10 June 2013 but a settlement was announced in a Statement in Open Court [pdf] read to Mr Justice Tugendhat on 20 June 2013. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: ZAM v CFW, Court awards anonymity for victim of libellous “paedophile” allegations – Rosalind English

27 04 2013

How-to-Remove-Online-Defamation-Review-Using-Legal-Action-2The permanent damage that internet publications can inflict is very much the focus of Tugendhat J’s assessment of damages in the case of ZAM v CFW & Anor [2013] EWHC 662 (QB), encapsulated in the memorable description he quoted in an earlier judgment: “what is to be found on the internet may become like a tattoo“. Read the rest of this entry »








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