In Singh v Weayou  EWHC 2102 (QB), the Claimant Keith Singh, a Night Services Coordinator at the Priory Hospital in Roehampton, sued the Defendant Joseph Weayou, a Health Care Assistant at the same hospital, for libel and malicious falsehood in respect of an email Mr Weayou had sent on 24 August 2015 to the HR Manager and a senior manager at the hospital. In the email, Mr Weayou made a number of allegations, including, most seriously, that Mr Singh had sexually assaulted him.
Defamation proceedings have been issued in the High Court against former UKIP leader Nigel Farage after he accused the charity Hope not Hate of being ‘violent and undemocratic’. The allegation was made on 20 December 2016 on LBC radio’s breakfast show.
The case of Smith v Unknown Defendants EWHC 1775 (QB) was a libel action against unknown defendants who had published defamatory material on a website. The Queen’s Bench Division granted the claimant’s application for default judgment against the second defendant in his absence and granted summary relief of £10,000 in damages as well as injunctions prohibiting publication of further allegations and requiring the removal of any allegations placed elsewhere.
In Heythrop Zoological Gardens Ltd (T/A Amazing Animals) & Anor V Captive Animals Protection Society EWHC/IPEC (20 May 2016), a company that supplies animals to the TV and film industry was refused an interim injunction to prevent an animal protection charity publishing photographs and video clips taken on their premises.
In the long-running saga of PJS v News Group Newspapers Ltd  UKSC 26 the Supreme Court has ruled by 4-1 in favour of maintaining a privacy injunction through until trial. The injunction was originally granted by the Court of Appeal on 22 January 2016. It prevents the publication of a story concerning an anonymous celebrity said to have engaged in an extra-marital ‘threesome’. Following the identification of the Claimant and their spouse in other jurisdictions and on social media, the Defendant New Group Newspapers Ltd (the publishers of The Sun) applied to have the injunction discharged. On 18 April 2016 the Court of Appeal agreed, but stayed execution of the order pending an appeal to the Supreme Court.
Following reports about the seven year ordeal suffered by Lily Allen, stalking is back in the mainstream media. Most people will be familiar with the term ‘stalking’. Unfortunately, familiarity can breed contempt: many people, including, significantly, many Police Officers, still either fundamentally misunderstand what stalking is, or fail to appreciate how serious a problem it presents for our society. As a result, many victims receive poor advice and little, if any, protection.