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By its very nature, the majority of Carter-Ruck’s pre-publication and privacy-related work is confidential and must remain so. However, a selection of recent media and defamation work highlights which are in the public domain is set out below.
In a major victory against The Sun newspaper, the MP for Leeds East and Shadow Justice Secretary and Shadow Lord Chancellor Richard Burgon MP was today awarded substantial damages of £30,000 in the High Court for libel. The tabloid is expected to pay his legal costs, and an injunction was issued preventing the false statements from being published again.
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With Tesla CEO Elon Musk facing libel claims from a British diving instructor, Carter-Ruck senior associate Persephone Bridgman Baker asks which jurisdiction one should choose for libel actions: the US or England and Wales?
To read the full article click here.
Carter-Ruck's Head of Media Law Nigel Tait has won Lawyer of the Year for Reputation & Defamation at the Spear's Wealth Management Awards on Tuesday 6 November 2018 at The Dorchester, Mayfair. This award is in recognition of outstanding client service and innovation. It draws on research including extensive client feedback.
Carter-Ruck has again confirmed its top tier status for Defamation and Reputation Management by leading legal directories Chambers and Partners UK and Legal 500.
A joint press statement has been issued by the parties to The Right Honourable Nicholas Brown MP -v- Tom Bower and Faber and Faber.
The full joint Press Statement can be found here.
The Information Commissioner's Office is showing signs of shifting its approach to the right to be forgotten, writes Mathilde Groppo in The Times (published 20 September 2018).
To read the full article click here (paywall).
A Pakistani broadcasting company which went into liquidation last year has agreed to pay Pakistani business magnate Mr Mian Mohammad Mansha substantial damages and legal costs of £275,000 in settlement of his libel claim.
The Times' report of the case, 11 July 2018 (paywall)
Sasha Wass QC, one of the most highly-respected practitioners at the criminal bar, has today received a High Court apology for a libellous article published by the Mail on Sunday's David Rose on 9 October 2016, which falsely suggested that Ms Wass had (in summary) suppressed evidence of police corruption in order to put an "innocent man in jail".
A full Press Release can be read here.
The full Statement in open Court can be found here.
Read the Law Gazette's article here.
Read the Press Gazette's article here.
The Times has featured Claire Gill as the Lawyer of the Week following the first successful “right to be forgotten” case against Google in the UK where the High Court delivered a ruling in an unprecedented claim against the Search Engine, in which Claire was the lead lawyer.
Click here to read the full Times Lawyer of the Week Q&A
The Times has published an article by Dominic Garner following the firm's landmark 'right to be forgotten' cases against Google.
Click here to read the full Times article
High Court delivers ruling in unprecedented claims against Google
Carter-Ruck acts for 'NT1' and 'NT2' in their ground-breaking claims against Google LLC.
The High Court has now delivered its ruling in these unprecedented cases, addressing what the judge called "novel questions, which have never yet been considered in this Court".
Guidance on the right to be forgotten
Are Parliamentary Select Committee Reports - and associated press coverage - protected by privilege? This issue came up recently when Sir Bradley Wiggins responded to what he called 'malicious' allegations. Here Persephone Bridgman Baker surveys the law, in an article for leading sports law website LawInSport.
Leading supplement supplier wins apology over allegations that mouse was found inside protein powder
The Hut.com Limited and Cend Limited, the seller and manufacturer of Myprotein nutrition products, have received an apology, libel damages and costs after they were the subject of false and defamatory social media posts published by Myprotein user Adam Brenton on 10 April 2017.
The full Statement in Open Court can be found here.
Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, the prominent Tory peer and former Chair of the Conservative Party, has secured a front-page apology, as well as substantial libel damages and legal costs, from Jewish News after it published allegations, in an article by Colonel Richard Kemp, to the effect that she had sought to excuse the appalling conduct of the Islamic State terror group. Jewish News has accepted that the allegations were wholly false and that the article should never have been published. Baroness Warsi will be donating all of the damages to charity.
A full Press Release can be read here
Click here to read the online apology
Click here to read a report in the Press Gazette