Publications 2005

Law Gazette

Media law

Thursday 15 September 2005

The Office of Communications, otherwise known as Ofcom, the body that now regulates the broadcasting industry, has unveiled its new broadcasting code, which came into force on 25 July 2005 (available at www.ofcom.org)

http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/inpractice/legalupdates/
view=details.law?GAZETTEINPRACTICEID=251996


Law Gazette

Media law

Thursday 14 July 2005
You can have your (wedding) cake and eat it
Douglas v Hello! Ltd (Nos 5 and 6) [2005] ECWA 595

The Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in the long-running privacy action brought by Catherine Zeta Jones, Michael Douglas and OK! Magazine. In true review style, I will give away the ending now. While confirming emphatically that the courts do have an obligation to protect privacy, the judgment upheld the trial judge’s award in damages to the happy couple but overturned damages of £1 million to OK!.

http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/inpractice/legalupdates/
view=details.law?GAZETTEINPRACTICEID=245233



Law Gazette

Media law

Thursday 16 June 2005
Damages in offer of amends cases
Jonathan Campbell-James v Guardian Media Group Plc
The highest award of damages by a court in a libel claim concluded under the offer of amends (OOA) procedure has been awarded to Colonel Jonathan Campbell-James. The Guardian was ordered to pay £58,500 – after a 35% discount had been applied to damages of £90,000 – to compensate the Intelligence Corps claimant for allegations that he was linked to the notorious ‘torture jail’, Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/inpractice/legalupdates/
view=details.law?GAZETTEINPRACTICEID=242058



Law Gazette

Media law

Thursday 07 April 2005
If the costs don’t fit, cap them
Alberta Matadeen v Associated Newspapers Ltd
A libel claimant represented on a conditional fee agreement (CFA) without after-the-event (ATE) insurance has had a costs-capping order made against her to limit the costs that she may recover from the defendant in the event that she is successful (see [2005] Gazette, 24 March, 5). 07.04.05 Law Gazette If the costs don’t fit, cap them. Alberta Matadeen v Associated Newspapers Limited

http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/inpractice/legalupdates/
view=details.law?GAZETTEINPRACTICEID=230499



The Times

Tuesday 03 March 2005
Playing to the jury
Are 12 good men and true overawed by a celebrity in the witness box? Stars may shine in court, but can they dazzle the jury? Amber Melville-Brown casts doubt on the persuasive power of the celebrity witness



Law Gazette

Media law

Thursday 10 March 2005
Screen Test
Polanski v Conde Nast Publications Limited (2005) UKHL 10
The House of Lords has recently ruled on a three-to-two majority that a fugitive from justice may – contrary to what the Court of Appeal had found (see [2003] Gazette, 19 December, 16) – use a video conference link (VCL) to give evidence in a libel action in the UK to avoid possible extradition.



Law Gazette

Media law

Thursday 10 February 2005
Pride and privilege
George Galloway MP v Telegraph Group Ltd [2004] EWHC 2786 (QB), Mr Justice Eady, 2 December 2004
Mr Justice Eady’s decision to award £150,000 libel damages to George Galloway MP, and to strike out the newspaper’s defence of privilege, has caused as much alarm in some media arenas as that caused by the broadcast in 1938 of the Orson Welles radio show ‘War of the Worlds’, with cries that the end of the world is nigh reverberating around newsrooms.

http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/inpractice/legalupdates/
view=details.law?GAZETTEINPRACTICEID=219564



Law Gazette

Media law

Thursday 10 January 2005
Discounted damages nailed down by Court of Appeal
Jimmy Nail v (1) News Group Newspapers Ltd (2) Rebekah Wade (3) Jules Stenson and Jimmy Nail v (1) Geraint Jones (2) Harper Collins Publications Ltd [2004] EWCA Civ 1708
The Court of Appeal has endorsed deflating defamation damages under the offer of amends (OoA) procedure, ensuring that is likely to remain an attractive option for media defendants willing to make amends for unintentional libels.

http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/inpractice/legalupdates/
view=details.law?GAZETTEINPRACTICEID=215030


 
 
       
Print this page      

Primary contact: + 44 (0) 7949 445 870 | E-mail: amber@am-b.co.uk | Website by Fourleaf – a digital design agency