News: Statement in Open Court: Damages against four newspapers awarded to “Police Notice” biker over false impersonation claims

19 05 2019

In a Statement in Open Court [pdf] read before Warby J on 16 May 2019 it was recorded that a motorcycle enthusiast had won libel claims against four national newspapers that had falsely claimed he attempted to deceive the public into believing he was a police officer. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Statement in Open Court, Newsquest apologises to Libyan man arrested after Manchester bombing for false allegation of ISIS link

25 10 2018

In statement in open court [pdf] read before Mr Justice Warby yesterday, 24 October 2018, Newsquest Media Group, the publishers of the Argus Newspaper in Brighton, apologised to a Libyan man arrested after the Manchester bombing pilot over an article alleging that he was an ISIS sympathiser who had publicly mourned the death of an ISIS leader. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Statement in Open Court, Defendant apologises to supplement supplier over false “dead mouse” claim

9 03 2018

In a statement in open court [pdf] read before Mr Justice Nicklin on 7 March 2018 a  customer who made social media posts claiming that a nutrition product contained a dead mouse has apologised to the manufacturer and supplier and has agreed to pay costs and damages. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Hugh Grant Phone Hacking case, Mirror Group admits it failed to investigate “repeat and prolonged” intrusions

5 02 2018

The actor, Hugh Grant, has accepted substantial damages from Mirror Group newspapers after it admitted the unlawful interception of his voicemail messages and the obtaining of private information about him. 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 »





News: Statement in Open Court, Businessmen win libel damages and apology from former employer

29 06 2017

Richard Meechan and Jamie MacSween have succeeded in their libel action against FuelDefend Global Ltd and its chairman, Russell Fowler. At the High Court on 28 June 2017 they received a public apology from the defendants. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Statement in Open Court, World-Check database apologises to Mosque over “terrorism” allegation

1 02 2017

finsbury-park-mosqueIn a statement in open court [pdf] read today before HHJ Parkes QC, Thomson Reuters Limited, the publishers of the World-Check database, apologised to Finsbury Park Mosque for publishing a profile report which alleged that there were grounds to suspect that the mosque had continued connections to terrorism. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Comment, Morris v Local World, Statement in Open Court in twin misidentification case – Persephone Bridgman Baker

26 06 2016

Royal-Courts-of-JusticeA soldier who was incorrectly identified as her non-identical twin sister (who was tried over the tragic death of a seven-year-old girl) received a public apology at the High Court last week.  Read the rest of this entry »





News: Statement in Open Court, Heat magazine apologises and pays privacy damages to Jean Bernard Fernandez-Versini

19 12 2014

Cheryl ColeA Statement in Open Court [pdf] was read in today in the High Court before Mr Justice Dingemans in the privacy case of Jean Bernard Fernandez-Versini v. Bauer Consumer Media Limited. Heat magazine apologised and agreed to pay damages and costs. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Statement in Open Court, Times apologises to Hodge Jones & Allen and agrees to pay damages

26 11 2014

Office_0On Monday 24 November 2014, the well-known London law firm Hodge Jones & Allen LLP (“HJA”) received an apology and substantial damages from The Times following the publication in June 2014 of a front page article in which the newspaper claimed the firm was being sued by a former client for negligence in relation to a MMR vaccine claim. Read the rest of this entry »