Monthly Archives: February 2012

Ryan Giggs consents to the lifting of the anonymity part of privacy injunction.

The original injunction granted in April 2011 prevented the publication of details of an alleged extra-marital affair and the identification of the footballer.  Ryan Giggs sought the injunction after the sun newspaper ran an article about an unnamed footballer having an affair with a model.  The anonymity element of the injunction has now been lifted by agreement.  The remainder of the privacy injunction remains in force.

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CPs ordered to pay damages for for failing to protect individual from harassment

In R (Waxman) -v- CPs, QBD (Admin) (2 February 2012), Moore-Bick LJ considered the state’s responsibility to prosecute alleged criminal offences, an individual’s access to the civil courts and the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.

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Twitter sued for defamation in Australia

The Melbourne Age has reported that Twitter is being sued by an individual in Australia who states that they were falsely accused – via Twitter – of being the author of a hate blog.  It is understood that the author of the original tweet has already reached a settlement with the claimant, but that he he is pursuing Twitter for publishing the statement and numerous “re-tweets”.

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Defamation litigation statistics for 2011 published

The Inforrm Blog has published its annual summary of libel litigation in England and Wales. It reports that 23 final determination hearings were held in the High Court in 2011, down from 21 in 2010. Unusually, only three cases involved the mainstream media. Only two trials took place, neither of which were a jury trial.There has not been a libel jury trial since 22 July 2009.

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