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‘Celebrity threesome’ injunction upheld: PJS v News Group Newspapers Ltd

The Supreme Court has upheld an injunction preventing the identification of a celebrity, known in court as PJS, in respect of an extramarital relationship. Background Earlier this year The Sun on Sunday, published by News Group Newspapers, was approached by a couple who told reporters that they had had a relationship with PJS. The paper …   Read more

ASA allows Ecotricity’s “greenest in Britain” claims

The green energy firm Ecotricity can claim to be Britain’s greenest energy company after a complaint made by Tesla in respect of various claims on the Ecotricity website was not upheld by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Ecotricity had included a number of claims on its website including “Britain’s Greenest Energy” and “The electricity we …   Read more

Former Sun editor convicted after publishing Adam Johnson victim photograph

The former editor of the Sun, David Dinsmore, has been convicted of breaching the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act after the paper inadvertently identified the teenage victim of the footballer Adam Johnson. The paper published an article headlined “Soccer ace and girl he bedded” containing a photograph of the girl with Johnson, taken from her Facebook …   Read more

Clarification on “serious harm” in defamation claims: Theedom v Nourish Training

In Theedom v Nourish Training t/a CSP Recruitment  the High Court has provided further clarification as to what constitutes “serious harm” under Section 1 of the Defamation Act 2013. Background During 2013-2014 the claimant worked for CSP, a recruitment consultancy based in Leicester. In early 2014 two of the claimant’s colleagues, one of whom subsequently …   Read more

Paul Weller privacy decision upheld: Weller and others v Associated Newspapers Ltd

The Court of Appeal has upheld the decision of the High Court that the Mail Online infringed the privacy of Paul Weller’s children by publishing unpixelated photographs of them out shopping. Background The photographs had been taken by an unnamed paparazzo photographer during a shopping trip in California in October 2012, and featured Mr Weller’s …   Read more