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 »





News: Various Claimants v MGN, Judge awards £1.2 million in phone hacking damages – James Heath

21 05 2015

Mirror GroupThe judgment in the Mirror Newspapers Hacking Litigation was handed down today in Court 15 at the Rolls Building by Mr Justice Mann. He awarded a total of £1.2 million in damages to the eight test claimants. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Australia: Gacic v John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd, Damages increase for restaurateurs defamed by Sydney Morning Herald review – Yvonne Kux

2 05 2015

gazetteIn the case of Aleksandra & Ljiljana Gacic & Branislav Ciric v John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd & Matthew Evans ([2015] NSWCA 99) the NSW Court of Appeal increased the $160,000 damages awarded to each of three former restaurateurs defamed by a Sydney Morning Herald review twelve years ago. Read the rest of this entry »





Court of Appeal upholds landmark judgement against Google arising from its exploitation of Apple’s Safari web-browser privacy settings – Alison Knight

10 04 2015

screen-310714__1803In March 2015, the English Court of Appeal ruled that three individuals may bring claims against Google for misuse of their private information and breach of the UK’s Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). Although this decision only arose because of the need to serve a claim form in the US outside English jurisdiction, it addresses a considerable number of contentious questions surrounding online behavioural advertising and the scope of UK data protection rules and other areas of English law related to the protection of online users’ privacy interests. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Prominent British Hindu wins £45,000 damages over Hindu priest’s defamatory emails – Hardeep Singh [Updated]

10 01 2015

Satish SharmaA prominent member of the British Hindu community has been awarded £45,000 in damages over two defamatory emails circulated by a Hindu priest. Read the rest of this entry »





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 »








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