Case Law: TLT v Home Office, Damages of £39,500 for asylum seeker spreadsheet blunder – Aidan Wills

15 10 2016

Home OfficeIn a decision handed down on 24 June 2016 (TLT and others v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] EWHC 2217 (QB)) Mitting J ordered the Home Office to pay six claimants a combined total of £39,500 for the misuse of private information and breaches of the Data Protection Act (“DPA”) 1998 arising from the publication online of a spreadsheet. A redacted version of the judgment was made public last week. Read the rest of this entry »

Ireland: Damages for infringement of data protection rights – Eoin O’Dell

5 07 2016

Screen-Shot-2016-07-01-at-11.32.01At the Irish Centre for European Law’s Privacy and Data Protection Conference on 1 July 2016 (programme pdf) in the Royal Irish Academy, many interesting themes were explored. I want in this post to pick up on one of them, relating to damages for infringement of data protection rights. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: Barron v Vines, How not to mitigate damages

5 06 2016

Caven VinesTwo Members of Parliament who brought a libel claim against an former UKIP councillor have been awarded £40,000 in damages each by the High Court. The judgment by Mr Justice Warby ([2016] EWHC 1226 (QB)) concerned only the assessment of damages following his judgment in July last year (covered in this blog post) which held that the defendant’s statements were defamatory. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Supreme Court refuses permission to appeal in Mirror phone hacking damages case

23 03 2016

Mirror Hacking ClaimantsThe Supreme Court has refused Mirror Group permission to appeal against the phone hacking damages awards made by Mr Justice Mann in May 2015. This decision has far reaching implications for phone hacking cases and privacy law more generally. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Stocker Facebook libel trial, claimant awarded £5,000 damages (which he turns down)

4 03 2016

StockerIn the first libel trial of 2016, Mr Justice Mitting found that the claimant, Ronald Stocker, had been defamed by his ex-wife, Nicola Stocker, in a post on his new partner’s Facebook page. The Judge rejected Mrs Stocker’s argument that the allegations she had made were substantially true and assessed compensation in the sum of £5,000.  He added, however, that he was not making an award of damages because Mr Stocker had indicated that he did not want one. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »