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Axon v MOD v News Group Newspapers Ltd  EWHC 787 (QB)
11 April 2016 - Ex-Royal Navy Commanding Officer loses privacy claim against the MoD. In his judgment following trial Nicol J held that the claimant, Mr Axon, had no reasonable expectation of privacy and was owed no duty of confidence by the MOD in relation to information leaked by an MOD employee to the Sun newspaper. The information concerned Royal Navy findings of bullying by Mr Axon of junior officers on board a warship. The MOD had claimed an indemnity from News Group for the publication in the Sun and that claim was also therefore dismissed. Catrin Evans QC acted for News Group (instructed by Wiggin LLP)
Stocker v Stocker
3rd March 2016 - Defamation
Her Majesty’s Attorney General v The Conde Nast Publications Ltd (Penalty)
4th February 2016 - Contempt
Magyar Tartalomszolgáltatók Egyesülete (“MTE”) and Index.hu v Hungary – Application No: 22947/13
2nd February 2016 - The Fourth Section of the ECtHR has unanimously found a violation of Article 10 ECHR where the Hungarian domestic courts had ruled that the Applicants – MTE and Index.hu – had assumed liability for comments published by readers on their websites.
Stocker v Stocker  EWHC 147 (QB)
29th January 2016 - Defamation
R(C) v Secretary of State for Justice  UKSC 2
27th January 2016 - Open Justice - Reporting Restrictions
Yeo v Times Newspapers Ltd  EWHC 3375 (QB)
25th November 2015 - Defamation, Article 8 ECHR, Article 10 ECHR
Weller and Ors v Associated Newspapers Limited  EWCA Civ 1176
20th November 2015 - Article 8 ECHR, Article 10 ECHR, privacy
Her Majesty’s Attorney General v The Conde Nast Publications Ltd  EWHC 3322 (Admin)
19th November 2015 - On 18 November 2015 the Administrative Court gave judgment granting the Attorney General's application to commit the Defendant for contempt of court under the "strict liability" rule. The case concerned an article in the April 2014 edition of GQ magazine commenting on the "phone hacking" trial (R v Edmondson & Ors) and published while that trial was still in progress. A penalty hearing will follow. Andrew Caldecott QC and Aidan Eardley, instructed by the Treasury Solicitor, represented the Attorney General.
Richardson v Facebook & Google UK Limited  EWHC 3154 (QB)
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17th November 2015 - On 2 November 2015, Warby J handed down judgment in consolidated appeals arising from claims which had been brought against Facebook UK Limited and Google UK Limited. The judgment serves as a helpful clarification to litigants about the need to sue the correct entity in the context of alleged internet intermediary cases. It also addresses a number of misconceptions which have arisen in respect of the CJEU’s decision in Costeja v AEPD (the ‘Google Spain’ case) regarding liability in data protection law. Caroline Addy was instructed by White & Case on behalf of Facebook UK Limited. David Glen was instructed by Pinsent Masons on behalf of Google UK Limited.