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 »

Case Law, Australia: Fairfax Media Publications Pty Ltd v Melinda Pedavoli: Fairfax loses damages appeal over false report of unnamed teacher preying on students – Yvonne Kux

6 09 2015

gazetteIn the case of Fairfax Media Publications Pty Ltd v Pedavoli  ([2015] NSWCA 237) the NSW Court of Appeal has unanimously dismissed an appeal by Fairfax Media over the $350,000 damages awarded to a female schoolteacher it falsely accused of sexually preying on male students. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law, Australia: Vakras v Cripps, Artists’ appeal upheld, record verdict set aside and re-trial ordered – Justin Castelan

9 08 2015

Victoria Supreme CourtIn 2014, a gallery owner, Raymond Cripps was awarded a record $420,000 defamation verdict in the Victorian Supreme Court. The verdict was made by His Honour Justice Kyrou against two surrealist artists, Demetrios Vakras and Lee-Anne Raymond. 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, Australia: Dr Bruce Flegg v Graeme Hallett, Massive damages for career destroying political defamation – Yvonne Kux

28 06 2015

gazetteIn the case of Flegg v Hallett ([2015] QSC 167 [pdf]) the former Queensland Minister for Housing and Public Works, Bruce Flegg, has been awarded damages totalling $775,000 over malicious comments made at a press conference and in a radio interview by his ex-media adviser, Graeme Hallett. Read the rest of this entry »

A clash of two logics: Gulati v MGN Ltd on damages for breach of privacy – Eric Descheemaeker

2 06 2015

£50 pound notesThe case of Gulati v MGN Ltd [2015] EWHC 1482 (Ch), to which the attention of this blog’s readers has already been drawn here, is a complex but important case. In particular, the fact that no publication to the world at large had occurred in the case of one claimant, and that the element of distress was considerably downplayed because the hacking had occurred unbeknownst to the claimants, forced Mann J to engage with foundational issues in the still-fledging law of privacy in England and Wales. This post will focus on the topic of damages (the sort of losses that are being compensated for) and do so from a mainly private law theory perspective. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: Gulati v MGN Ltd, A landmark decision on the quantum of privacy damages – Hugh Tomlinson QC and Sara Mansoori

22 05 2015

Mirror Hacking ClaimantsThe judgment in the Mirror Phone Hacking damages case of Gulati v MGN Ltd ([2015] EWHC 1482 (Ch)) deals with a wide range of legal and factual issues.  This post deals in detail with only three: the principles on which damages for misuse of private information are assessed, whether it was appropriate to make only one award of damages per claimant and the quantum of damages in privacy cases in general.  It was Mr Justice Mann’s decision in favour of the claimants on the first two points which led to the very substantial awards of damages in this case which are summarised below. Read the rest of this entry »


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