Media and Law Cases: Trinity Legal Term Preview

7 06 2018

The Trinity Legal Term began on Tuesday, 5 June and ends on Monday, 31 July 2018.  This post deals with media law cases listed for this term and cases in which decisions are awaited. Please let us know if there are any other media law cases which should be added to this post.

We are aware of three defamation and malicious falsehood cases listed for trial this term. None of them are against UK media defendants:

11 June 2018, Mansha v ARY Network, listed for 4 days

11 June 2017, Gahir v Bansai, listed for 2 days.  This is a claim for libel in relation to two handwritten letters.  There was an interim judgment of Sir David Eady, [2016] EWHC 2041 (QB)

18 June July 2018, Burki v Seventy-Thirty Ltd, listed for 4 days.  This is a claim for libel and malicious falsehood in respect of reviews of the claimant’s business.  The Particulars of Claim are available on Lawtel [£]

2-4 July 2018, Monir v Wood, listed for 2 further days following a part heard trial in April 2018. The claim is against the former Chairman of the UKIP Bristol Branch for a tweet published by the Branch’s Twitter account (see the 5RB news item about the original hearing).

16 July 2018, Piepenbrock v London School of Economics, listed for 10 days.

We know of two media law appeals listed in the Court of Appeal this term:

19 or 20 June 2018, Stunt v Associated Newspapers, listed for 2 days.  The ICO has intervened in the appeal.  We had a post about the first instance decision.

25 July 2018, Kennedy v National Trust for Scotland, listed  for 2 days.  We had a post about the first instance decision.

The following cases are awaiting a decision of a Court of Appeal Judge on permission to appeal on the papers

ABC v Google Ltd

Sarayiah v Williams

The following reserved judgments after public hearings in media law cases are outstanding:

Sir Cliff Richard v BBC, heard 12 to 13, 16 to 20, 23-26 April and 8 and 9 May 2018 (Mann J)

Economou v Freitas, heard 17 and 18 April 2018 (Lewison, Ryder and Sharp LJJ)

TLV v Home Office, heard 17 May 2018 (Gross, Macfarlane and Coulson LJJ)

Lloyd v Google LLC, heard 21 to 23 May 2018 (Warby J)

Lisle-Mainwaring v Associated Newspapers Ltd, heard 24 May 2018 (Newey and Coulson LJJ).


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