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Day: 10 June 2010

“Case Law: Fiddes v Channel Four, Appeal Dismissed” – Anna Caddick

The Court of Appeal this morning heard an application by the Claimant, Matthew Fiddes, for permission to appeal the decision of Mr Justice Tugendhat to have the trial heard by judge alone. The Court, which comprised Lord Neuberger, Master of the Rolls, Lord Justice Maurice Kay, Vice President of the Court of Appeal (Civil Division) and Lord Justice Sedley, gave Fiddes permission but then went on to refuse the substantive appeal. Judgment has been reserved, but Fiddes has been ordered to pay Channel 4’s costs in the sum of £14,000 within 28 days. Trial is due to commence on Monday with a time estimate of 20 days. Continue reading

Libel Reform and Wayne Rooney?

On 27 May 2010 Conservative blogger Iain Dale’s company Biteback published a biography of Wayne Rooney, with the title Rooney’s Gold (available from Amazon).  This is a biography of the England footballer by journalist John Sweeney.  It is said to concentrate on the people surrounding Rooney rather than on his footballing career.  It appears that concerns about libel claims by his former agent, Paul Stretford, led to Random House deciding not to publish the book in 2007.  It is now being brought out just in time for the World Cup. Continue reading

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