In the first libel trial of 2016, Mr Justice Mitting found that the claimant, Ronald Stocker, had been defamed by his ex-wife, Nicola Stocker, in a post on his new partner’s Facebook page. The Judge rejected Mrs Stocker’s argument that the allegations she had made were substantially true and assessed compensation in the sum of £5,000. He added, however, that he was not making an award of damages because Mr Stocker had indicated that he did not want one. Continue reading
The trial of the case of Yeo v Times Newspapers begins before Mr Justice Warby tomorrow, 12 October 2015. It is listed for 7 days. As appears from our review of the 2014-2015 legal year, this is the first libel trial in a case involving in the media this calendar year. Continue reading
On Monday 2 March 2015, the first phone hacking trial will finally begin, nearly 4 years after a “phone hacking managing judge” was first appointed . In Court 15 of the Rolls Building the current managing judge Mr Justice Mann will begin hearing the trial in the case of Various Claimants v MGN Ltd. Continue reading
The first privacy trial since July 2012 began at the High Court yesterday before Mr Justice Dingemans. The claim is brought by the musician Paul Weller, on behalf of this three children, against Associated Newspapers Limited over photographs of the children which appeared on Mail Online.
Rebekah Brooks personally approved payment of almost £40,000 to a civil servant in return for information, the phone hacking trial heard today. Mrs Brooks was editing the Sun newspaper when the payments were made to the official, Andrew Edis QC, prosecuting, told the jury. Continue reading
A small child whose father is alleged to be a philandering politician has won £15,000 privacy damages at the High Court. The mother of the girl, identified only as AAA, has not named the father on her daughter’s birth certificate and wants to find the “right time” to reveal his identity to her.
Mrs Justice Nicola Davies (pictured), in a judgment ( EWHC 2103 (QB)) handed down after a six-day private hearing in London, said the professional position of the supposed father, a married elected politician, spoke for itself. Continue reading