Media, Arts & Entertainment

Have Celebrity Injunctions Become Virtually Impossible to Enforce?

The recently well publicised case of PJS v News Group Newspapers Ltd (‘NGN’) has seen the once powerful celebrity injunction – a court order preventing a party from doing something– appear to be of little use. Here PJS, a well-known celebrity (PJS used to hide the party’s identity), requested that the court grant an injunction [...]

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Characteristics of the Reader Taken into Account When Deciding the Meaning of Words in Defamation Cases

In Theedom v Nourish Training (t/a CSP Recruitment) the Claimant, a former employee of Nourish Trading (NT), brought a claim against NT after the managing partner sent e-mails to 124 other employers complaining about the claimants alleged conduct. The e-mail stated that the Claimant was sacked for passing confidential information to his girlfriend which amounted [...]

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The Requirement for Claimants in Defamation Proceedings to show that their Reputation Suffered, or is Likely to Suffer, Serious Harm Emphasised by the High Court.

In Sobrinho v Impresa Publishing SA the High Court was asked to determine whether a Portuguese banker, living in Switzerland, was able to bring a claim for defamation against a Portuguese newspaper which had made certain allegations regarding the claimant’s role in the failure of a Portuguese bank. Although not resident in the UK, the [...]

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FrontRow Legal wins High Court battle for Keith Mason

FrontRow Legal recently successfully represented rugby league player Keith Mason ‘’the Player’’ in a claim heard in the Leeds District Registry High Court worth £167,000 against his former club Huddersfield Giants ‘’the Club’’, following his sacking in October 2012. A summary of this case can be found below: Mason was dismissed by the Super League [...]

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Mclroy & Nike do not see eye to eye with Oakley

Apparel-maker Oakley has sued golfer Rory McIlroy and Nike, saying they breached the world’s top-ranked golfer’s existing contract with Oakley when he recently signed a new deal with Nike. According to a lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Santa Ana, Calif., Oakley tried to use its “right of first refusal” to match the Nike [...]

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Oprah Winfrey interview, the end of the road for Lance Armstrong?

Like all those who are accustomed to winning, the expression ‘preparation is the key to success’ will be only too familiar to Lance Armstrong. In all his years of competing however, never has this been truer than the preparation which has unquestionably been undertaken by his lawyers in advance of his forthcoming interview with Oprah [...]

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Ambush Marketing – Part Three

In the last blog on ambush marketing I dealt in outline with the forms ambush marketing can take and touched on the range of devices that can be used to prevent it, and the way those devices have been specifically supplemented by legislation. In this blog I will touch in outline upon some of the [...]

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Social Media and the Olympics – tweet carefully or fall foul

Time and time again, despite all of the warnings and guidance given to athletes and professionals alike, we still see them using Twitter* as an open message board to vent their opinions to the entire world without having any consideration of their audience. What they haven’t yet grasped is the fact that a tweet is [...]

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Ambush Marketing – Part One

As the Olympic Games is now under way, with women’s football taking place even before the official opening ceremony, it seemed like a useful time to consider the problem that the event organisers face from ambush marketing, and how the media are already reporting some of the stories that are emerging. There have been a [...]

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Beware what you tweet…

Yesterday, we saw two landmark cases as a result of misusing Twitter. The former New Zealand cricketer, Chris Cairns was awarded damages of £90,000 by the High Court over a defamatory tweet in what is considered to be the first Twitter libel case to be heard in England. Lalit Modi, tweeted in January 2010 that [...]

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