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Court: Chancery Division

Applications on The Sun hacking claims

Various v News Group Newspapers [2016] EWHC 961 (Ch)

Applications to establish whether the claimants should be permitted to amend their Generic Particulars of Claim to introduce allegations of voicemail interception and unlawful information gathering at The Sun newspaper. Mann J allowed the application.

Court followed House of Lords in holding that recovery of costs pursuant to a CFA arrangement in privacy claims was not contrary to ECHR, art 10

8 Representative Claimants & Ors v MGN Limited [2016] EWHC 855 (Ch)

Whether recovery of success fees and ATE insurance premiums in privacy cases was contrary to ECHR, art 10. The court followed the ruling of the House of Lords in Campbell, holding that the CFA arrangement did not contravene the ECHR. However, it noted the contrary view expressed by the ECtHR, and suggested that a leapfrog appeal to the Supreme Court may be permitted.

Application to strike out action granted where previous settlement of phone hacking claims had been agreed

Brazier & Anor v News Group Newspapers Ltd [2015] EWHC 125 (Ch)

This case concerned 2 applications brought by the defendant for the striking out of the claims. NGN sought the striking out on the grounds that each of the claimants had already brought claims for phone hacking, and each claim was settled. Held: granting NGN’s application in both cases, the Court struck out the claims on the basis that the previous settlement acted as a bar on each of the claims.