Case Law: ZYT v Associated, Tipping the balance, when is it in the public interest to take a look at a “private” relationship? – Kathy May

25 07 2015

Silhouete CoupleThe case of ZYT and another v Associated Newspapers Ltd  ([2015] EWHC 1162 (QB)) was (what is now) a comparatively rare example of an injunction being sought and granted in a privacy claim against a newspaper. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Canada: Niemela v Google Inc, British Columbia Court dismisses claim for worldwide libel injunction against Google – Hugh Tomlinson QC and Sara Mansoori

24 07 2015

Google-Logo-Stone-WallIn the case of Niemela v Google (2015 BCSC 1024) the Supreme Court of British Columbia dismissed a claim for a worldwide interim libel injunction against Google by a Vancouver lawyer who had been subject to online abuse by someone he alleged to have been a former client.  The Judge entered summary judgment for Google on the whole action. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Sloutsker v Romanova: £110,000 damages awarded for internet libel by High Court in London – Michael Frost

23 07 2015

SloutskerOn 16 July, Mr Justice Warby awarded Vladimir Sloutsker, a former Russian senator and President of the Israel Jewish Congress, £110,000 in damages at the conclusion of his long-running libel action against Russian journalist Olga Romanova ([2015] EWHC 2053 (QB)).  A permanent injunction against Ms Romanova was also awarded. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, R (Davis) v Home Secretary, Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act overturned – Lorna Woods

19 07 2015

gchq1In a very rare outcome, in the case of R (Davis and ors) v Secretary of State for the Home Department ([2015] EWHC 2092 (Admin) the Divisional Court declared that the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 (DRIPA) is inconsistent with European Union law and therefore is “disapplied”, although the Court suspended the effect of its order until after 31 March 2016. Permission to appeal was granted. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Starr v Ward, Justification defence succeeds in Freddie Starr’s “groping” libel claim

12 07 2015

Starr WardThe libel claim brought by entertainer Freddie Starr against Karin Ward has been dismissed by Mr Justice Nicol following an eight day trial.  In a judgment handed down on 10 July 2015 ([2015] EWHC 1987 (QB)) the judge held that the allegations made by Ms Ward concerning Mr Starr’s conduct at a recording of a Jimmy Savile TV programme in 1974 were true. Read the rest of this entry »





Columbia University Launches Online Global Database of Case Law on Freedom of Expression

25 06 2015

Screen_Shot_2015-06-18_at_1_12_07_PMColumbia University has launched an online global database of freedom of expression case law and court rulings. The novel platform developed by Columbia Global Freedom of Expression currently includes some 250 rulings from 65 nations and will be updated and expanded with relevant judicial decisions on a weekly basis. The database is available free to the general public. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Delfi AS v. Estonia, Grand Chamber confirms liability of online news portal for offensive comments posted by its readers – Dirk Voorhoof

19 06 2015

delfiOn 16 June 2015 the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights has delivered the long awaited final judgment in the case of Delfi AS v. Estonia, deciding on the liability of an online news portal for the offensive comments posted by its readers below one of its online news articles. Read the rest of this entry »








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