Class-action antitrust lawsuit filed against Amazon

A class-action antitrust lawsuit has been filed against amazon. It alleges that Amazon negotiated anti-competitive price agreements in 2015 with five big book publishers. They are, Macmillan, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, and Penguin Random House. The deal caused e-book prices to inflate by up to 30%. It has been estimated that since 2018, Amazon […]

Isle of Wight Council commence legal claim over Cowes floating bridge

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Since its launch in May 2017 the Isle of Wight’s floating bridge has had constant problems and it is often suspended for repairs. It operates crossing the River Medina between East Cowes and Cowes. The faults have included issues with its ramps, fuel, chains, electrical faults, excessive noise, and hydraulic oil leaks. A hydraulic fault […]

Defamation: Rachel Riley v Michael Sivier

The High Court Judgement was provided on the 20 January 2021 for the case, Riley v Sivier [2021] EWHC 79 (QB). Rachel Riley, a well-known television presenter brought a defamation action against Michael Sivier over an article published on his website, Vox Political. The 26 January 2019 article contained the headline, “Serial abuser Rachel Riley […]

Nicki Minaj pays Tracy Chapman $450,000 to settle copyright dispute

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Representatives of Nick Minaj had attempted to contact Tracy Chapman to use samples of her 1988 song, ‘Baby Can I Hold You’ in Minaj’s song, ‘Sorry’ which was rejected. ‘Sorry’ was later played on a popular American radio station, Hot 97 by Aston Taylor, also known as, Funkmaster Flex. Minaj was accused of leaking the […]

David beats Goliath again! Bentley trade mark dispute continues

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In November 2019, a small Manchester based clothing company won its High Court case against the luxury car manufacturer, Bentley Motors, for using its name on a range of clothing. Bentley Clothing, founded in 1962, has owned the associated trademark since the early 1980s. Bentley Motors first started selling a UK range of clothing bearing […]

Johnny Depp has applied to the Court of Appeal

Johnny Depp was refused permission to appeal against the High Court ruling of his libel claim. In judgement on 2 November 2020, Mr Justice Nicol said, “I have found that the great majority of alleged assaults of Ms Heard by Mr Depp have been proved to the civil standard”. “The exceptions are Incidents 6, 11”. […]

Vardy and Rooney defamation dispute

Rebecca Vardy (married to footballer, Jamie Vardy) has brought a libel action against Coleen Rooney (married to footballer, Wayne Rooney). Libel is an alleged defamatory statement that is made in permanent form. Such as, written/printed words, online material, movies, radio broadcasts, or theatre. Rebecca Vardy told the High Court at a preliminary hearing that she […]

Johnny Depp denied defamation appeal by High Court

The judge who dismissed Johnny Depp’s libel claim earlier this month against News Group Newspapers (The Sun) has refused Mr Depp permission to appeal against the High Court ruling. In judgement on 2 November 2020, Mr Justice Nicol said, “I have found that the great majority of alleged assaults of Ms Heard by Mr Depp […]

What is defamation?

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The recent case of Johnny Depp v News Group Newspapers and now Rebecca Vardy and Coleen Rooney has made defamation front page news but what is it. Defamation is an area of tort law which protects a person or company against damage towards reputation. It is committed when something is said or written that causes […]

Remedies for defamation

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This article is going to briefly discuss the remedies available for claims in defamation. The main remedy available is for the court to award damages. The court may take several factors into account when deciding the amount of damages owed. Such as, whether the defendant apologised promptly, did the claimant already have a bad reputation. […]