A case alleging Google collected personal data from 4.4m iPhone users to help advertisers began in the High Court yesterday. The class action law suit, led by Richard Lloyd, former director of Which?, is suing the company for allegedly bypassing the privacy settings of Apple’s Safari browser to collect information about finances, shopping habits and location.

The Times, Page: 48 The Guardian, Page: 19 Daily Star, Page: 9 Daily Mirror, Page: 25 The Sun, Page: 11 The Scotsman, Page: 9

Posted 22/05/2018

Google will appear in the High Court today to fight a claim for compensation from millions of British iPhone users who accuse it of illegally harvesting personal data from Apple handsets.

The Times, Page; 4

Posted 21/05/2018

The SRA is considering investigating the Christian Legal Centre, the Christian campaign group that acted for the family of Alfie Evans in the high-profile life-support battle that ended with the boy’s death on Saturday. High Court judge Mr Justice Hayden was particularly critical of the role of law student Pavel Stroilov, who appeared to have taken the lead in representing Alfie’s parents, while, separately, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital’s legal team is considering bringing contempt of court proceedings against Stroilov after he ignored requests for his legal qualifications.

The Guardian, Page: 24 The Daily Telegraph, Page: 10 The Times, Page: 18

Posted 03/04/2018

Jonah Specter has won £25,000 in damages in the first successful case for discrimination over disabled access to an entertainment venue involving autism. Mr Specter was refused entry to a ride at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park where asked for proof of his disability.

The Times, Page: 17

Posted 21/04/2018

Legal costs for package holiday sickness cases will be fixed under new rules aimed at deterring false claims. Similar controls are in place for other personal injury claims, but they will now be extended to cases when holidaymakers seek compensation. The Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) said the total cost of all claims was £240m in 2016 and the growth in cases risked raising holiday prices for all. Justice Minister Rory Stewart said those claiming compensation when they had not been being sick on holiday was fraud.

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Posted 13/04/2018

Councils have spent over £43m in five years to settle legal claims brought by cyclists and motorists injured on Britain’s roads. Cyclists received an average of £11,000 in compensation for each successful claim against councils, 13 times higher than equivalent payouts for motorists.

The Times, Page: 4

26/03/2018

Justice secretary David Gauke has announced reforms to tackle fraudulent whiplash claims following pressure from insurers to crackdown on “crash for cash” scams. Under the Civil Liability Bill, compensation payouts for whiplash injuries will be capped and medical evidence will have to be produced for claims to even be considered. The Government said the move would slash £1bn off insurance premiums, taking £35 off the £493 average policy. The Government also confirmed that it would change the Ogden rate, or personal injury discount rate, which is used to calculate the size of damages claims for people who are seriously injured in accidents.

The Daily Telegraph, Business, Page: 1 Financial Times, Page: 2 Daily Mail, Page: 26 Daily Star, Page: 22 The Guardian, Page: 14 The Sun, Page: 26

Posted 21/03/2018

 

A mother whose son blinded a friend in his left eye while playing crazy golf has been told she must pay damages to the injured boy. A High Court judge said she was negligent in not telling the “boisterous” ten-year-old to keep his club low as she knew his character traits. The judgment overturned a ruling at Leicester County Court last year which found that the boy, referred to only as J, was “not a dangerous child” although he was sometimes impulsive. The compensation is expected to be in six figures.

Daily Mirror, Page: 18 The Times, Page: 19 Daily Mail, Page: 26 The Daily Telegraph, Page: 26

Posted 13/03/2018

 

Several letters to the Times address the topic of medical negligence litigation. Solicitor Dr Anthony Barton says paying NHS lawyers £200 an hour regardless of outcome incentivises “delay, deny, defend” behaviour while Brett Dixon, President of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, adds that “there is a profound need for the NHS to overhaul its approach and attitude towards patient care…To avoid being sued is the wrong incentive.” Finally, Frank Field MP says perhaps patients should be required to take out a form of social insurance policy if they want to sue the NHS.

The Times, Page: 28

Posted 06/02/2019