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21.02.12

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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20.02.12

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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19.02.12

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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16.02.12

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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5.02.12

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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24.01.12

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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7.12.11

Judgment handed down in Solicitors from Hell class action

Mr Justice Tugendhat has handed down judgment in the claim brought by Brett Wilson LLP on behalf of the Law society, Hine solicitors and Kevin McGrath against Rick Kordowski, the operator/publisher of solicitors from Hell.  Representative proceedings were brought by the Claimants under CPR 19.6 on behalf of those listed on the website and those…

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22.11.11

Abusive language alone cannot found conviction

In an important judgment in Harvey v Director of Public Prosecutions 2011 LTL 18/11/2011, Mr Justice Bean allowed an appeal against conviction for an offence under section 5 Public Order Act 1986. The appellant had been convicted by Magistrates after the Court heard he used the word ‘fuck’ three times whilst being searched by police officers….

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15.11.11

High Court orders removal of Solicitors from Hell website from internet

Brett Wilson LLP has secured an injunction on behalf of the Law society, a named law firm and a named solicitor against Rick Kordowski, the operator of www.solicitorsfromhell.co.uk. The injunction – which requires the immediate removal of the website -followed a successful application for judgment in default against Mr Kordowski.  Representative proceedings had been brought by the claimants on…

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21.10.11

Slander action brought against Law society CEO struck out

A claim for slander brought by Rick Kordowski, owner of the “solicitors from Hell” website, against Law society CEO Desmond Hudson has been struck out by the High Court as an abuse of process. Brett Wilson LLP was instructed by Mr Hudson in relation to Mr Kordowski’s claim. A full copy of the judgment can…

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