Melania Trump, the glamorous wife of Republican Party US Presidential nominee Donald Trump, has reportedly threatened libel proceedings in England and Wales against the Daily Mail and against a host of media organisations worldwide.
Earlier this month the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) announced that it was starting a year-long arbitration pilot scheme for resolving disputes against the press. The scheme officially started on 26 July 2016 and will be run by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR).
The Metropolitan Police are to set up a two-year pilot scheme involving five officers and a team of volunteers to identify online abuse and support victims. Based in London, the team will filter and identify online hate crimes (hostile offences aggravated by reason of the victim’s race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or transgender identity) and allocate cases to the appropriate local force.
Brett Wilson LLP is expanding and the firm is presently looking to recruit a solicitor who specialises in defamation, privacy, harassment and data protection law. The firm is also recruiting a junior paralegal.
In the case of TLT and others v Secretary of State for the Home Department, the Home Secretary was ordered to pay a total of £39,500 to six asylum seekers whose confidential information was accidentally published on the Home Office website. The information remained on the website for two weeks before being taken down. Mr Justice Mitting gave judgment on 24 June 2016 after a trial which lasted for 3 days.
Greater Manchester Police have agreed to pay a victim of domestic violence £75,000 in compensation after using a recording of her distressed 999 call together with other information that identified her and her medical history in training exercises. The claimant had consented to the 999 tape being used for training purposes, but only on an anonymous basis.
Racist and religiously-motivated attacks are sharply on the rise, we hear, and so the new government is taking action.
The claimant in the case of Economou v De Freitas ( EWHC 1853 (QB)) has lost his libel action against the father of a woman who accused him of rape. The claimant, Alexander Economou, brought the action over statements published in the media between November and December 2014 which he claimed amounted to a “public rubbishing” by the defendant. Mr Justice Warby dismissed the claim at the High Court on 26 July 2016 on the grounds that the statements were made in the public interest.