Case Law: Hearing in Hays plc v Hartley

7 05 2010

On 5 and 6 May 2010 Mr Justice Tugendhat heard an interesting strike out application in the case of Hays plc v Jonathan Hartley. The defendant was seeking to strike out the claim on the basis of the Jameel jurisdiction or alternatively on the basis that the claimant had a “dominant collateral motive”.  The claimant was, in turn, seeking to strike out the defence of qualified privilege.  The case raises interesting issues as to the developing strike out jurisdiction in libel cases and the operation of the defence of qualified privilege in relation to the activities of those who sell stories to the press. Read the rest of this entry »