Monthly Archives: June 2014

FCA orders Wonga to pay £2.6m in compensation for sending letters from non-existent law firms

The UK’s largest payday loan company Wonga has been ordered to pay 45,000 customers compensation totalling over £2.6 million for unfair and misleading debt collection practices.

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The potential cost consequences of ignoring a request to mediate

Parties to civil litigation should be under no illusion of the court’s eagerness for them to engage in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) before taking their cases all the way to trial.  Since the implementation of the Civil Procedure Rules, there has been a growing emphasis on ADR as a means of reducing the burden on the courts and nipping costly litigation in the bud.  In Halsey v Milton Keynes General NHS Trust [2004] EWCA Civ 576, the Court of Appeal prescribed six criteria for determining whether a refusal to mediate would be taken into account in any costs decision.  Those non-exclusive factors include:

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Prime Minister’s nanny is victim of revenge porn posts

David Cameron’s nanny has been the victim of a revenge porn posting this week.  The nanny who is said to have a close relationship with the Prime Minister’s wife, Samantha Cameron, believes that an ex-boyfriend may be responsible for the posting of intimate pictures on three adult websites.  Her real name is not disclosed on the sites but the exposure of these pictures has brought the issue of ‘revenge porn’ into the media spotlight.  She is shown nude or partially dressed in at least five pictures which have been posted online.

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Google says that it will remove search engine results following ECJ judgment

Further to the ruling of the European Court of Justice on 13 May 2014 in Google Spain SL, Google Inc. v Agencia Espanola de Proteccion de Datos (AEPD) and Mario Costeja Gonzalez (Case C-131/12) (see our article here for more information), Google has announced that it will implement a procedure to filter out irrelevant and outdated search engine results.

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