Case Law: Pannu v Carter, Taxi driver’s slander case fails over special damages issue – Media Lawyer

30 12 2017

In the case of Pannu v Carter ([2017] EWHC 3270 (QB)) a taxi-driver failed in a bid to sue a partner in a competitor firm for slander because he was unable to demonstrate that he had suffered special damage – a measurable financial loss – as a result of the alleged publication. Read the rest of this entry »





Media and Law: Overview of Defamation, Privacy and other Media Cases in 2017 [updated]

29 12 2017

In 2017 the media courts heard more defamation trials and privacy injunctions than in either of the previous two years. The claimants succeeded in 60% of the defamation trials and in 62% of the injunction applications. Last year also saw an increased number of appeal judgments in media law cases. Read the rest of this entry »





Sexism, social media and democracy – María Rún Bjarnadóttir

28 12 2017

It is long established that people standing for office and participating in politics have to anticipate a higher level of public scrutiny than the general population. A recent review from the Independent Committee for Standards on Public Life indicates that during lthe ast General Election in the UK, political candidates had to endure threats and intimidation far beyond the scope of “scrutiny”. Read the rest of this entry »





Inforrm is taking a Winter Break

22 12 2017

Now that the legal term has ended, Inforrm is taking a winter break for a few weeks to allow the editorial team to relax. We will have a some occasional posts over the next fortnight but the full normal service will not be resumed until 9 January 2018. Read the rest of this entry »





Right to be forgotten and global delisting: some news from Spain – Miquel Peguera

21 12 2017

In a recent ruling, the Spanish Audiencia Nacional – the high court that referred the Google Spain case to the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) – has somehow expressed opposition against imposing global delisting obligations on search engines. Read the rest of this entry »





Online abuse on Facebook and Twitter can’t be solved by regulation alone – Laura Bliss

20 12 2017

File 20171218 27547 tw7t6o.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1The severity of abuse conducted online during 2017’s general election has brought the issue into sharp focus for politicians, some of whom have urged the prime minister to legislate against Facebook, Twitter and Google to make them liable for content posted on their sites. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: LJY v Persons Unknown: Celebrity blackmail victim obtains injunction restraining publication of allegation of serious criminality – Max Campbell

19 12 2017

In LJY v Persons Unknown [2017] EWHC 3230 (QB), Mr Justice Warby granted an interim injunction restraining unknown defendants from publishing serious allegations of criminality against a celebrity, anonymised in the proceedings as ‘LJY’. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 18 December 2017

18 12 2017

The Michaelmas legal term ends on Thursday 21 December 2017.  The Hilary legal term will begin on Wednesday 11 January 2018.  This will be the last Law and Media Round Up of 2017. Read the rest of this entry »





Privacy and the Princess: Publication of Information about Settlement Offers – Transparency Project Reporting Watch

17 12 2017

Once upon a time, His Royal Highness Louis Xavier Marie Guillauime, Prince of Luxembourg, Prince of Nassau and Prince of Bourbon-Parma married Tessy Antony, now Her Royal Highness Tessy Princess of Luxembourg, Princess of Nassau and Princess of Bourbon-Parma. Unfortunately, they did not live happily ever after, as, after 11 years of marriage and two children, they are now divorcing in the High Court in London. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: David v Hosany, Cogent evidence required to defeat the qualified privilege defence – Tom Double

16 12 2017

In the case of David v Hosany [2017] EWHC 2787 (QB), His Honour Judge Moloney QC considered a libel claim brought by the claimant, a Governor of the East London Foundation NHS Trust, in respect of three publications by the defendant, another Governor of the same Trust. These publications alleged that the claimant had intimidated and harassed the defendant, with two of the publications containing allegations of sexual harassment. Read the rest of this entry »