The Hilary Legal Term ended last Wednesday, 17 April 2019, and the short Easter Term will not begin until Tuesday 30 April 2018. The High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court are on “vacation” over this period and Inforrm is taking a short Easter break.
Our regular weekly “Round Ups” will not be published for the next fortnight. We will however, continue to have some posts – catching up with some “Case Comments” and with news items. As usual, we invite posts from readers on national and international “Media and Law” topics. Contact us via the Inforrm email: email@example.com. And please let us know by email if there are topics which you think we should be covering.
There were three judgments after full trials handed down this term.
First, in the libel case of Burgon v NGN  EWHC 195 (QB). The claimant was successful and was awarded damages of £30,000 by Dingemans J.
Second, in the misuse of private information case of ZXC v Bloomberg LP  EWHC 970 (QB) the claimant was also successful before Nicklin J and obtained an injunction and an award of damages of £25,000.
Third, in the data protection case of Rudd v Bridle  EWHC 893 (QB), the claim succeeded in a claim relating to subject access requests before Warby J.
This term there was one Supreme Court media law judgment, in Stocker v Stocker ( UKSC 17) – in which the appeal was allowed and the finding was in favour of the defendant. The decision in Lachaux v Independent Media is still awaited.
There were three Court of Appeal judgments, Kennedy v National Trust for Scotland ( EWCA Civ 648), Ali v Channel 5 ( EWCA Civ 677) and Various Claimants v MGN  EWCA Civ 250). In all three cases, the appeals were dismissed.
A full list of the judgments given this term can be found in our Table of Media Law Cases.
The top ten new posts of the last quarter were as follows (in descending order)
- Top 10 Defamation Cases of 2018: a selection – Suneet Sharma
- Case Law: Grayling v North, Brexiteer ordered to pay philosopher £20,000 in libel damages for paedophile tweet – Iain Wilson
- Top 10 Privacy and Data Protection Cases of 2018: a selection
- News: Specialist Media Barristers’ Chambers One Brick Court announces dissolution
- Case Law: Linklaters LLP v Mellish, Protecting confidential information in the open – Alexander Vakil
- Case Preview: Stocker v Stocker, a Supreme Court appeal considering meaning – Oliver Cox
- Morgan v Associated Newspapers: libel claim settled with apology, substantial charity payment and Statement in Open Court, Four lessons learned for libel practitioners – Matt Himsworth
- Case Law: Stocker v Stocker, Supreme Court overturns Judge on meaning of “tried to strangle” – Oliver Cox
- Case Law: Burgon v News Group, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice successful in libel action against “Nazi symbols” allegation – Persephone Bridgman Baker
- Defamation Practice Update: Determination of Meaning before Defence – Kirsten Sjøvoll