Case Law: Ali v Channel 5, Can’t Pay? We’ll take it away (then you can make us pay) – Zoe McCallum

25 02 2018

In a judgment delivered on 22 February 2018 in the case of Ali v Channel 5 Broadcast ([2018] EWHC 298 (Ch)) Arnold J ordered Channel 5 to pay £20,000 in damages for misuse of private information to a couple, Shakir Ali and Shahida Aslam, who had fallen into rent arears. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law, Northern Ireland: Arthurs v NGN, no reasonable expectation of privacy in father’s criminal convictions – Ciaran O’Shiel and Charlotte Turk

15 02 2018

In the case of Arthurs v News Group Newspapers Ltd ([2017] NICA 70) the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal upheld a decision to reject the Plaintiff’s application for interim relief based on claims for misuse of private information and breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law, Strasbourg: Sekmadienis Ltd v Lithuania, Fine over “Jesus” and “Mary” advertising campaign, Article 10 violation – Hugh Tomlinson QC

3 02 2018

In the case of Sekmadienis v Lithuania ([2018] ECHR 112) the Fourth Section of the Court of Human Rights held that a decision to fine a clothing company for the display of adverts referring to “Jesus” and “Mary” was a violation of Article 10. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: Kennedy v National Trust for Scotland, Thorny issues of jurisdiction and claim form service laid bare – Alex Wilson and Sami Thompson

23 01 2018

In Howard Kennedy v The National Trust for Scotland [2017] EWHC 3368 (QB), the High Court considered two complex issues: one relating to the doctrine of forum non conveniens and the other to the CPR provisions on service of a claim form. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

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 »

Case Law, Strasbourg: Einarsson v Iceland, Defamation on social media and Article 8 – María Rún Bjarnadóttir

14 11 2017

In recent years, Icelandic courts have struggled to apply standards and methodology developed by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in cases regarding the balancing of freedom of expression and rights to private life. Read the rest of this entry »