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21.09.18

Elton John accepts libel damages from The Sun on Sunday over allegations that his dog injured a child

In a joint statement read in the High Court, it was confirmed that Sir Elton John and his husband David Furnish have settled their libel claim against New Group Newspapers Limited, the publishers of the The Sun on Sunday.  In an article published on the newspaper’s front paper in February 2018, it was alleged that the claimants’…

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8.09.18

Anonymous litigant-in-person ordered to reveal his identity

In media litigation, it is not uncommon for a claimant to be anonymised (this is particularly the case in proceedings for breach of confidence and/or misuse of private information), but what is remarkable about the case of ABC v Google Inc. [2018] EWHC 137 (QB) is that the claimant has managed to conceal his identity from…

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5.06.18

Claimants entitled to issue privacy proceedings in the Chancery Division

In the recent case of Mezvinsky & Anor v Associated Newspapers Ltd [2018] EWHC 1261 (CH) Chief Master Marsh had to decide whether there was a more appropriate division of the High Court in which a privacy claim should be brought. The defendant had published a series of articles on the Mail Online website which…

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16.05.18

Suspect Anonymity: is it actually feasible?

Former popstar and baby-boomer heart-throb Cliff Richard is suing the BBC for breach of privacy regarding its report that he had been accused of a sexual offence, and also its coverage in 2014 of the subsequent police raid on his home. The BBC coverage included use of a helicopter, and broadcasting the police search through…

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19.04.18

High Court allows service of injunction by text message in blackmail case

The High Court has made an order in the anonymised case of NPV v QEL & ZED [2018] EWHC 703 (QB) allowing for service of an injunction by text message.  The case involves claims for misuse of private information and harassment in respect of an alleged blackmail attempt. The Claimant (“NPV”), a married man and…

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18.04.18

NT1 and NT2 v Google Inc: How to seek the delisting of search engine results following the first English decision on the “right to be forgotten”

The much-anticipated decision in NT 1 & NT 2 v Google LLC [2018] EWHC 799 (QB) was handed down on 13 April 2018.  The joint judgment in two separate claims against Google, is the first time the English courts have had to rule on the application of the ‘right to be forgotten’ principle following the…

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16.03.18

Forthcoming ‘right to be forgotten’ cases and the interplay with the GDPR

With a number of high-profile claims against Google in the offing, practitioners and individuals alike are hopeful for guidance on the interplay between the application of the ‘right to be forgotten’ principle and the forthcoming introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Iain Wilson, managing partner of Brett Wilson LLP, considers the issues at…

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16.02.18

Data Breach : Compensation claims for mass data breaches

In January 2014, Andrew Skelton, an apparently disgruntled employee of Morrisons Supermarket posted a file containing the personal data (including salaries, bank details, and National Insurance numbers) of 99,998 Morrisons’ employees on a file-sharing website.  It seems his intention was to cause mass-scale damage to the supermarket.  In March 2014, a CD containing the data…

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19.01.18

Vlogger Chrissy Chambers secures damages in revenge porn settlement

In a widely-reported settlement, the American vlogger Chrissy Chambers has recovered damages from her former British boyfriend – anonymised in the High Court proceedings as “DCR”. Background In 2013 Ms Chambers became aware through a friend that she featured in a pornographic video online.  Ms Chambers had no recollection of the video having been filmed…

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15.12.17

Chairman of Oriental Fine Arts Academy of London wins libel claim over embezzlement/corruption slurs

Selvaratnam Suresh, an honorary chairman, trustee and co-founder of the Oriental Fine Arts Academy of London (‘OFAAL’) has succeeded in his libel claim against Abdul Samad, Amirthalingam Nagarajah and Kajananan Sathananthan, after the defendants agreed to retract their allegations, apologise and pay compensation and costs.  The first two defendants are parents of pupils at the…

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