Defamation take-down requests to Google – Max Campbell

12 05 2018

The right to be forgotten has been in the news again recently following the decision in NT1 & NT2 v Google LLC [2018] EWHC 799 (QB) (read our blog on that decision here), but Google will often voluntarily remove content from its search engine results on a variety of other grounds, including that the content is defamatory. 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: Sir Cliff Richard v BBC, Statements in open court in defamation and privacy claims – Max Campbell

5 07 2017

In Sir Cliff Richard OBE v the BBC and Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police ([2017] EWHC 1648 (Ch)), Mr Justice Mann reviewed the law on statements in open court, and the grounds upon which the court might refuse to permit them. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: ERY v Associated Newspapers, Is a police investigation a private matter? – Max Campbell

1 12 2016

metropolitan-policeA recent decision by Nicol J in ERY v Associated Newspapers Ltd ([2016] EWHC 2760 (QB)) has found that a suspect in a police investigation has a reasonable expectation of privacy which is likely to trump the press’s right to freedom of expression. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Bukovsky v CPS, Soviet dissident fails in trial of meaning against CPS – Max Campbell

30 09 2016

_82597606_vladimirbukovskyIn Bukovsky v Crown Prosecution Service ([2016] EWHC 1926 (QB)), a Soviet dissident resident in England, was suing the Crown Prosecution Service (‘CPS’), the principal public prosecuting authority in England and Wales, for libel, misfeasance in public office, and breach of the Human Rights Act concerning a press release announcing that he was to be prosecuted for a number of criminal offences.  The action came before Warby J for a preliminary trial as to the meaning of the words complained of. Read the rest of this entry »





The ‘Right to be Forgotten’: the scope of delisting – Max Campbell

27 05 2016

Google CNILIt is now just over two years since the Court of Justice of the European Union first ruled that Google was a data controller and that the principles of EU Directive 95/46/EC (‘the Data Protection Directive’), and the various national legislation that implement them, applied to its search results. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: ReachLocal v Bennett, Libel general and special damages award totals £443,000 – Max Campbell

3 12 2014

ReachLocalIn ReachLocal UK Ltd and another v Jamie Bennett and others [2014] EWHC 3405 (QB), the Claimants (both subsidiaries of an international online marketing group) sued for defamation following a campaign to discredit them by a former affiliate company and individuals connected to it.  Read the rest of this entry »