Case Law, Australia: Duffy v Google Inc (No 2), Damages of Aus$100,000 awarded against Google for publication of defamatory snippets and hyperlinks

12 01 2016

Janice DuffyOn 23 December 2015, Mr Justice Blue awarded general damages of Aus$100,000 for libel against Google Inc to Dr Janice Duffy ([2015] SASC 206).  This decision followed the same Judge’s ruling in October 2015 that Google was liable for the defamatory content of hyperlinks and snippets referring to the plaintiff (see the Inforrm post on this decision). Read the rest of this entry »

News: Court of Appeal dismiss Mirror Phone Hacking Appeals on all grounds – James Heath

17 12 2015

In a judgment handed down today ([2015] EWCA Civ 1291) Arden, Rafferty and Kitchin LJJ dismissed an appeal by MGN against the awards of damages made by Mann J in the Mirror Group Phone Hacking Litigation in his judgment [2015] EWHC 1482 (Ch), following the trial of  damages claims by eight representative claimants in March this year. The trial judgment was handed down on 21 May 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

The Legal Perils of the Need to “Overshare” on Social Media – Stuart Gibson

9 12 2015

Stuart picture (1)No stranger himself to the laws of defamation himself in the late nineteenth century Oscar Wilde, once famously said: “There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that’s not being talked about.” Read the rest of this entry »

Hearing Report, Gulati v MGN, the second day of the Mirror Phone Hacking damages appeal

22 10 2015

Royal Courts of JusticeThe hearing of the second day of the Mirror Phone Hacking damages appeal took place in the Royal Courts of Justice yesterday before Arden, Rafferty and Kitchin LJJ.  In the morning submissions were made by Mr David Sherborne on behalf of the respondents with a short reply in the afternoon by Lord Pannick QC for MGN.  The Court also heard a separate application for permission to appeal in the Yentob case. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law, Australia: Benyon v Manthey, Damages award in “naked sushi eating” libel case – Brigit Morris

20 10 2015

Travers BenyonOn 8 October 2015, the District Court of Queensland awarded damages of AUD$25, 000 to the now infamous millionaire playboy, the ‘Candyman’, in Benyon v Manthey [2015] QDC 252. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Preview: Gulati v MGN, Mirror Phone Hacking Damages Appeal – Hugh Tomlinson QC

18 10 2015

_83144843_hackingcompThe appeal in the Mirror Phone Hacking damages case is due to be heard by Arden, Rafferty and Kitchin LJJ in the Court of Appeal on Tuesday and Wednesday, 20 and 21 October 2015.  This is the most important privacy damages hearing since the tort of “misuse of private information” was devised by the House of Lords in another MGN case in 2004.  In this preview I will consider the issues which arise on the appeal and the difficulties faced by the appellant. Read the rest of this entry »

News: MGN damages appeal to be heard on 20 and 21 October 2015

1 10 2015

mirror_1839320bThe Court of Appeal has listed the appeal in the privacy damages case of Gulati v MGN on 20 and 21 October 2015.  No indication has yet been given as to the constitution of the court. Read the rest of this entry »


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