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Month: January 2017 (Page 1 of 6)

Press companies ask Supreme Court to ensure only millionaires can sue them – Brian Cathcart

Press on SaleSometimes, even after all these years of press lies and hypocrisy, the shamelessness of the big British newspaper companies can still take the breath away. Last week lawyers for the Murdoch, Mirror and Mail papers complained to the Supreme Court that costs in some media cases amounted to a ‘legal casino’ in which the bills could be so high that there was a ‘chilling effect’ on journalism. As a result, they argued, freedom of expression was endangered. Continue reading

Law and Media Round Up – 30 January 2017

Weekly Round UPThere was a three day media law hearing in the Supreme Court this week, with the Daily Mail, the Times and Mirror Group using the Human Rights Act to challenge conditional fee agreements.  These newspapers have refused to join a recognised regulator and are now asking the court to remove the only other “access to justice” route available to ordinary litigants. Continue reading

Theresa May, the press and a lesson from history – Brian Cathcart

baldwinOne of the decisions that Theresa May must make in the next few weeks will define her as a prime minister – and it is not about Brexit. The fateful choice before her is between, on the one hand, standing up to the corporate national newspapers and becoming a political leader in her own right, and on the other, accepting that, for as long as they allow her to remain in Downing Street, she must be their doormat. Continue reading

Case Preview: Times Newspapers Limited v Flood; Frost and others v MGN Limited; Miller v Associated Newspapers Limited – Aidan Wills

510-supreme-court-1The Supreme Court is currently hearing three joined appeals brought by media organisations challenging the Convention compatibility of the recoverability of conditional fee agreement (CFA) success fees/uplift and after the event (ATE) insurance premiums (“additional liabilities”) in libel and privacy claims. Continue reading

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