This week’s mop up comes in a snatched break at the The Monroe E. Price International Media Law Moot Court Competition in Oxford organised by the Programme in Comparative Media Law & Policy.
There are 27 international teams of law students competing in a fictional freedom of speech case, in the ‘Universal Court of Human Rights’. Some of Britain’s leading QCs and judges will be attending during the course of the next few days, including Mr Justice Eady and Mr Justice Tugendhat. I’m assisting the PCMLP with organisation and the administration of the dozens of moot matches …
Away from Oxford, the big-ish media law news of the week was the government’s announcement of reform of civil litigation costs and funding, following Lord Justice Jackson’s CFA recommendations.
- Press Gazette>> Justice secretary Ken Clarke confirms CFA reform
- Inforrm>>News: Conditional Fees – the Government Responds to the Consultation
- Index on Censorship>> Wilmshurst hit with fresh libel suit
- Press Gazette>>Court of Appeal allows Times innuendo claim to continue
- Inforrm>> Awdry Bailey & Douglas v Kordowski – another “Solicitors from Hell” case
- Inforrm>>Defamation Update: Part 2 – Heather Rogers QC
- Press Gazette>>Judge rejects part of MP’s Telegraph expenses libel claim
- Media Guardian>>Libel lawyers get too easy a ride in BBC documentary
- The Guardian>> Jon Robins on the solicitorsfromhell.co.uk website, the scourge of all lawyers, good and bad
- Press Gazette>>Police ordered to disclose Jude Law phone-hack data
- Press Gazette>>Met officer mulls legal action over phone-hack reports
The Guardian this week covered what they called a super injunction and a “legal first” in a libel case involving a financier. It’s odd the newspaper calls it a ‘super injunction’ because details of the order’s existence were available in an anonymised judgment online. Meeja Law will return to this topic in due course.
- Media Guardian>>Superinjunction scores legal first for nameless financier in libel action
- Inforrm>>Libel, Blackmail and Anonymity: ZAM – the super injunction that never was
- ZAM v CFW & TFW: “suing for libel in secret”
- Out-Law.com>>ECJ asked to rule on crucial internet publishing jurisdiction issue
- Press Gazette>>Lord Judge calls for technology to boost court reporting
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