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Day: 3 June 2010

Inforrm Blog – New Feature: Tables of Cases

We have added a new feature to the Blog – two Tables of Cases on a separate page (on the bar across the top).   The first Table lists the important media cases of 2010, briefly describing the subject matter and giving links to the judgments and to the various Inforrm posts relating to each judgment.   We have also included a column dealing with the question of whether the case finally concluded in favour of the claimant or the defendant.   It is interesting to note that in relation to the eight judgments which finally concluded libel cases this year, the defendants were successful in six. Continue reading

Fiddes – jury trial refusal to be appealed

We reported on Monday on the decision of Mr Justice Tugendhat (pictured right) to order trial by judge alone in the case of Fiddes v Channel Four – two weeks and three days before the trial was due to start.   The story has been picked up on the Media Pal@LSE blog and by the Press Association’s “Media Lawyer” subscription service.  We now understand that the claimant has today lodged an urgent appeal which is likely to be heard by the Court of Appeal, on Tuesday or Wednesday next week.  The claimant has, of course, already made one unsuccessful appeal to the Court of Appeal (on a specific disclosure issue [2010] EWCA Civ 516). Continue reading

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