News: Flood v Times Newspapers, Lord Mance’s Summary on Hand-down

27 03 2012

We commented last week on the judgment of the Supreme Court in the case of Flood v Times Newspapers ([2012] UKSC 11).  In addition to its judgment the Supreme Court provided its usual helpful Press Summary. There was a third explanation of the reasons for decision, provided by the author of the leading judgment, Lord Mance, at the time of hand-down.  Although this has not been published in written form, it can be seen on the You Tube clip below. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Tulisa “Sex tape”, further hearing – Ex-lover denies leaking tape

27 03 2012

A further hearing in the case of Contostavlos v Mendahun took place on Monday 26 March before Mr Justice Tugendhat.  The claim, brought by the singer and X-factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos, arises out the internet publication of a “sex tape”.  In a You Tube video posted last week the singer accused her former boyfriend, Justin Edwards (aka MC Ultra)(pictured) of leaking the tape.  He has, however, now filed a witness statement denying responsibility and attended the hearing on Monday. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Joint Committee on Privacy and Injunctions Report – steady as she goes on privacy, last chance for non-statutory media regulation

27 03 2012

The Joint Committee on Privacy and Injunctions, set up last July following “super-injunction spring”, has published its Report.  In the 59 page document the Committee comes out against a privacy statute and commends the approach now being taken by the courts.  Controversially, it supports the “PCC 2.0” approach to media regulation and suggests that, for the present, there should be no statutory backing for the new regulator. Read the rest of this entry »