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 »





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 »








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