The Inforrm summer break ends today. It has, perhaps, not been much of a summer in England and not much of a break – with regular postings over the past two months. However, the Michaelmas legal term began on Thursday so we will be resuming weekly round ups and “term time” posting from today.
We draw attention to two important media law cases in which judgment was handed down over the summer:
- The privacy injunction case of AMC v News Group Newspapers  EWHC 2361 (QB) – we had case comments here and here. The parties subsequently agreed directions and undertakings pending trial ( EWHC 2374 (QB))
- The “corporate body” damages case of Brett Wilson v Persons Unknown  EWHC 2628 (QB). We also had a case comment on this case.
We are aware of the following media law cases due which are due to be heard in the courts of England and Wales in the Michaelmas term
- Yeo v Times Newspapers Ltd 12 October 2015 (time estimate, 7 days)
- Umayor v Nwalcamma 12 October 2015 (time estimate, 3 days)
- Wilkes v Wilshaw 23 November 2015 ((time estimate, 2 days)
Harassment and Privacy trials
- Walliams and anor v Associated Newspapers and ors, 16 November 2015 (time estimate, 5 days)
- Brand & anr v Berki 30 November 2015 (time estimate, 4-5 days)
- Sobrinho v Impresa Publishing 7 December 2015 (time estimate 4 days)
- Gulati and ors v MGN, 21-22 October 2015 (time estimate 10 hours)
- Weller and ors v Associated Newspapers Limited (27-28 October 2015 (time estimate 7.5 hours)
We would be grateful if readers could let us know of any cases which we have missed off this list.
Our posts over the summer covered a variety of themes and countries. The most popular were, in descending order:
- Case Law: Lachaux v Independent Print, “Serious Harm” under the Defamation Act 2013 and the drawing of inferences – Hugh Tomlinson QC
- A judicial ‘OK’ for celebrity feet of clay – Amber Melville-Brown
- What if the French constitutional judges had read the Davis Judgement? Would we be living in a better world? – Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon
- Ireland: Full Breach Damages in data protection cases, the impact of Vidal-Hall on Collins v FBD – Eoin O’Dell
- The Labour Party “purge” and social media privacy – Paul Bernal
- Case Law: Starr v Ward, Justification defence succeeds in Freddie Starr’s “groping” libel claim
- Case Law, Strasbourg: Morar v Romania, Criminal defamation and journalistic bad faith – Joseph Williams
- South Africa: Are some politicians scandalising the courts? – Dario Milo
- Air Crash Media: Photography, Privacy and Grief – Amber Melville-Brown
- Case Law, New Zealand: CPA Australia Limited v The New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, Trial by accountant – Ali Romanos
So, welcome back to all our readers, all round the world.
Thank you to everyone who has approached us offering posts over the summer. As we have said many times, we are delighted to post contributions to media legal debates from all points of view. If you don’t agree with any of the views expressed then please feel free to comment or do a responsive post. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.