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Chris Cairns awarded £90,000 following first High Court "twibel" trial

Mr Justice Bean handed down judgment today in Cairns v Modi [2012] EWHC 756 (QB), finding in favour of the former cricketing all-rounder Chris Cairns.  The Claimant had sued the former Chairman and Commissioner of the Indian Premier League Lalit Modi after a 2010 tweet in which Modi had stated Cairns had been involved in match fixing.  The extent of the tweet’s publication in…

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Solicitors from Hell appeal thrown out

Rick Kordowski, the founder/operator of the now defunct solicitors from Hell website, has been refused permission to appeal the High Court ruling that closed down the website.  On 15 November 2011 Tugendhat J ordered that Mr Kordowski cease publishing the website.  On 7 December a final order was made, inter alia, preventing Mr Kordowski from establishing a similar website. In refusing permission sir…

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Supreme Court allows Times defamation appeal on public interest qualified privilege

In Flood “v- Times News Limited [2012] UKsC 11 the supreme Court allowed the appeal of the Defendant publisher, overturning the decision of the Court of Appeal and restoring the 2009 decision of Mr Justice Tugendhat.  Tugendhat Js original decision in the High Court was of particular significance as it was the first time a national newspaper had…

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End of the line for Ryan Giggs privacy claim

What was arguably the most high profile case of the last year came to a messy end in the High Court on Friday 2 March 2012 when Tugendhat J refused to reinstate Ryan Giggs claim for the misuse of confidential information.  It had emerged that the claim had automatically been struck out on 18 November 2011…

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Ryan Giggs consents to the lifting of the anonymity part of privacy injunction.

The original injunction granted in April 2011 prevented the publication of details of an alleged extra-marital affair and the identification of the footballer.  Ryan Giggs sought the injunction after the sun newspaper ran an article about an unnamed footballer having an affair with a model.  The anonymity element of the injunction has now been lifted by agreement.  The…

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CPs ordered to pay damages for for failing to protect individual from harassment

In R (Waxman) -v- CPs, QBD (Admin) (2 February 2012), Moore-Bick LJ considered the state’s responsibility to prosecute alleged criminal offences, an individual’s access to the civil courts and the Protection from Harassment Act 1997. The Claimant had met F at college.  F had become obsessed with the Claimant and pursued a course of conduct amounting to harassment. …

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Privacy injunction obtained by Ann summers' CEO

On 15 February 2012 Tugendhat J handed down a judgment setting out why he has granted an interim injunction preventing the publication of private and confidential information relating to Jacqueline Gold the CEO of Ann summers. The Defendants Allison Cox and Leanne Bingham both formerly worked with Ms Gold. The application for an injunction was…

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Twitter sued for defamation in Australia

The Melbourne Age has reported that Twitter is being sued by an individual in Australia who states that they were falsely accused – via Twitter – of being the author of a hate blog.  It is understood that the author of the original tweet has already reached a settlement with the claimant, but that he he is pursuing Twitter for publishing the statement and…

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Defamation litigation statistics for 2011 published

The Inforrm Blog has published its annual summary of libel litigation in England and Wales. It reports that 23 final determination hearings were held in the High Court in 2011, down from 21 in 2010. Unusually, only three cases involved the mainstream media. Only two trials took place, neither of which were a jury trial.There has not been…

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Juror found in contempt for sharing findings of internet research

In Attorney-General -v- Theodora Dallas (2012) the Divisional Court heard that a jury member (Dallas) had conducted independent internet research in relation to a criminal trial she was sitting on. she had then discussed her findings with her fellow jury members. At the start of the case the jury had been shown a video about their responsibilities and told not to conduct…

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