Monthly Archives: March 2016

Burrell v Clifford: Costs and proportionality in low value privacy law cases

Last month PR guru Max Clifford was ordered to pay the former Royal Butler Paul Burrell £5,000 compensation for the unauthorised disclosure of private information contained within a letter Mr Burrell had sent him.  The judgment on liability and quantum (Burrell v Clifford [2016] EWHC 294 (Ch)) can be found here, although Mr Justice Mann’s earlier decision dismissing Mr Clifford’s strike out application on limitation and triviality grounds (Burrell v Clifford [2015] EWHC 2001 (Ch)) is arguably of wider importance.  This was discussed on our blog last year.

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Privacy law: Supreme Court refuses Mirror permission to appeal phone hacking damages

The country’s highest court has refused MGN Limited permission to appeal the decision in Representative Claimants -v- Mirror Group Newspapers Ltd [2015] EWCA Civ 1291 – the Court of Appeal’s decision regarding the appropriate level of damages in eight phone-hacking ‘test cases’.  This decision itself was an unsuccessful appeal by MGN against the High Court decision in Gulatti & Ors v MGN Limited [2015] EWHC 1482

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Free wi-fi providers unlikely to be liable for copyright infringement

Maciej Szpunar, an Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), has recommended to the Court that providers of free wi-fi should not be held responsible for copyright infringement committed over their networks.

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Former Sun editor convicted of breaching victim anonymity law in Adam Johnson case

Former Sun editor David Dinsmore has been found guilty of breaching the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992 after the tabloid printed a pixelated photograph of convicted footballer Adam Johnson’s teenage victim.  Mr Johnson is currently awaiting sentencing after being found guilty of sexual activity with a child.

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Ex-husband awarded £5,000 damages for Facebook libel

The case of Stocker v Stocker, the first libel trial of 2016, provides a stark warning to those who post defamatory material on social media. In this case the Court held that the claimant had been defamed by his ex-wife and he was awarded £5,000 of damages.

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Google extends “right to be forgotten” to all versions of its search engine

Google has succumbed to pressure from European data regulators and announced a wider system of delisting where it agrees to remove search engine results under the so-called “right to be forgotten” principle.

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