On 5 June 2013 Mr Justice Tugendhat handed down a reserved judgment following the pre-trial review in the case of Cruddas v Calvert ( EWHC 1427). He accepted the case advanced by the claimant, former Conservative Party Treasurer, Peter Cruddas, as to the meaning of the words complained of. As a result, he struck out the defence and entered judgment for an injunction and damages to be assessed at the trial on 17 June 2013. Permission to appeal was refused. Continue reading
Sir Elton John recently lost his defamation action against The Times … Lawyer for the paper Stephen Collins looks at the summary judgment and at the star’s libel law legacy.
Sir Elton John will be remembered for many things: a musical career spanning decades, tireless campaigning for charities, dubious fashion sense, spats with other superstars and being active in the gay rights movement. Continue reading
The press is always at its ugly worst when it is reporting on issues which affect its own interests. Its self-image as a fearless crusader, speaking truth to power, is put to one side as it spins and distorts in accordance with the wishes of its proprietors. A majority of the population supports statutory regulation of the press as does the National Union of Journalists. The proprietors fear that this will also be the view of Lord Justice Leveson. And, just in case it is, they are getting their retaliation in first. Continue reading