The long Inforrm summer break ends today. Although we have had regular postings over the summer the new legal term begins on 1 October so we will be resuming regular weekly round ups and “term time” posting.

We will have a preview of the Michaelmas Term and a weekly round up later in the week but we would like to remind readers of some of the important developments over the summer months.

There were a number of judgments handed down in courts England and abroad including:

  • On 5 August 2014, judgment was handed down in Hong Kong in the case of Yeung v Google ([2014] HKCFI 1404) – the most important common law judgment on Google and publication issues in 2014.
  • On 13 August 2104 judgment was handed down by Mr Justice Bean in the libel case of Cooke and Anor v MGN ([2014] EWHC 2831 (QB)) ­– the first case on the “serious harm” threshold in section 1 of the Defamation Act 2013.  We had a post on the decision by Kirsten Sjøvoll and there was a case note on the 5RB website.
  • On 20 August 2014, Mr Justice Warby handed down judgment in the case of Yeo v Times Newspapers ([2014] EWHC 2853 (QB)) dismissing an application by the newspaper for a trial by jury. He also determined the meaning of the words complained of.  We had a post about the judgment and there was a report in the Press Gazette.

Other media and law developments included

We had “Summary Summer Round Ups” on 11 August, 25 August and 15 September.

The most popular posts of the summer covered a variety of themes:

So, welcome back to our readers.  As usual, we would like to encourage contributions to debates in all areas of media related law.  Please contact us if you are interested in contributing.