Law and Media Round Up – 19 November 2018

19 11 2018

On 13 and 14 November 2018 Supreme Court heard the appeal in the crucial “serious harm” case of Lachaux v Independent Print Limited. The three sessions can be watched on the Supreme Court website. The Press Gazette has a short report on the arguments advanced by the parties in the case.  Judgment was reserved. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Australia: Jones & Australian Shareholder Centre PL v Aussie Networks PL & Eiby, Share trader’s defamation claims collapse – Justin Castelan

18 11 2018

The first defendant owned and ran an internet forum, Aussie Stock Forums, used to discuss topics related to the stock market and investments. The second defendant was its sole director and shareholder. He left a comment on the forum in response to a request for information about Australian Shareholder Centre PL (ASC), who, together with its owner, Mr Jones, ultimately sued him and the website owner for defamation, injurious falsehood and misleading or deceptive conduct in contravention of the Australian Consumer Law. Read the rest of this entry »





Ethical questions over Number 10’s social media push for Brexit deal – Toby S James

17 11 2018

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The prime minister is on a mission to defend her Brexit deal. After a three-hour grilling from MPs on November 15, Theresa May came out fighting in a press conference, dismissing the idea that she would be ousted as Conservative Party leader. The next morning, she took callers’ questions about the draft Withdrawal Agreement on LBC radio. Read the rest of this entry »





How new media recycles the mainstream press – Sean Dodson

16 11 2018

File 20181023 169831 1otz2tz.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1What are we to make of the hashtag #BoycottTheGuardian which was recently trending on Twitter? Whether we agree with the sentiment or not, the intention behind it is pretty clear. Read the rest of this entry »





A regulatory Trojan horse: decrypting calls for a Federal consumer privacy law in the United States – Suneet Sharma

15 11 2018

In a keynote speech before the European Parliament in Brussels on 24 October 2018, Tim Cook CEO of Apple called for the implementation of a Federal privacy law, praising the Parliament for its implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”): Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Price v MGN, “Disgraced” chief constable’s libel claim not an abuse – Mathilde Groppo

14 11 2018

On 8 November 2018, Mr Justice Warby handed down judgment in the case of Price v MGN Ltd [2018] EWHC 3014 (QB). The proceedings relate to three articles (copies of which are annexed [pdf] to the judgment) which made serious imputations about the Claimant’s alleged participation in the illegal accessing of the mobile phone records of journalists who were investigating him when he was the Chief Constable of Cleveland Police (the “Interception Meanings”). Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 12 November 2018 [Updated]

12 11 2018

On 13 and 14 November 2019 the Supreme Court (Lords Kerr, Wilson, Sumption, Hodge and Briggs) will hear the appeal in the most important defamation case if the year – Lachaux v Independent Print.  The Court will consider the meaning of “serious harm” under section 1(1) of the Defamation Act 2013. Read the rest of this entry »