Injunction to prevent ‘defamatory’ employment tribunal evidence refused
The High Court recently refused (among other things) to grant an interim injunction in libel and harassment to a former council employee, Ayodele Adele Vaughan (the claimant) concerning evidence she anticipated being given in forthcoming employment tribunal (ET) proceedings.
In a very helpful judgment, Behrens J reviewed the recent decisions on statutory wills and produced a summary of how to make a decision that is in P’s best interests, in the context of a statutory will.
The statutory provisions
The law is straightforward. Under section 1(5) of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 any decision made for a person, P, who lacks capacity must be made in his best interests.
Section 4 expands on the concept of ‘best interests’ referred to in section 1(5). It provides (so far as relevant):
Infringement – Photograph
Sheldon v Daybrook House Promotions Ltd: Patents County Court: 8 May 2013
The claimant, a professional photographer, brought a claim for infringement of copyright against the defendant for the alleged unlicensed use of a photograph taken by the claimant of American pop star, 'Ke$ha' and the group 'LMFAO'. A preliminary issue arose as to the level of damages likely to be awarded if the claim succeeded. The claimant contended that it would be more than £5,000 as so should be dealt with in the multi-track procedure of the Patents County Court (PCC) and not the small claims track. The PCC held that, given the renown of the artists and the exclusivity of access in respect of the photographs, the correct measure of damages was £5,682.37.
Petition for revocation – Obviousness
Phil & Ted's Most Excellent Buggy Company Ltd v TFK Trends for Kids GMBH and others: Patents County Court: 8 May 2013
The Patents County Court considered a dispute between two sellers of buggies used to move young children. The claimant commenced proceedings for unjustified threats and a claim for revocation in the ground that the defendant's patent was invalid. The court considered, among other things, three related patents. The court held that the defendant's patent was invalid for obviousness, against an earlier Chinese patent.
Defendant appealing – Whether judge erring in admitting surveillance evidence at trial
R v Turner: Court of Appeal, Criminal Division: 8 May 2013
The defendant had been convicted of the murder of his girlfriend after the use of covert surveillance provided evidence of significant admissions made by the defendant of his responsibility for her death. He was subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 16 years. He appealed against conviction and sentence. The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division dismissed both appeals rejecting the defendant's submissions that the covert surveillance evidence should not have been admitted into evidence at the trial and that the minimum term of the sentence had been imposed unjustifiably.
Pay-TV ad limits allowed to protect consumers but not to boost free-to-air channels, says EU legal adviser
EU countries are free to set stricter limits on the maximum time that adverts can be shown each hour on pay-TV than on free-to-air channels if the difference can be objectively justified on consumer protection grounds, a legal adviser has said.
Canterbury housing scheme given green light
Canterbury City Council's development control committee has resolved to grant outline planning permission for a 93-home development on the site of a former BT telephone engineering centre in Canterbury.
Out-of-date planning guidance will not be cancelled immediately, says Boles
The Government has rejected a recommendation in a planning guidance review by Lord Taylor of Goss Moor to immediately cancel all out-of-date guidance before new guidance is published.
Lambeth approves Shell Centre redevelopment plans
Lambeth Council's planning committee has resolved to grant planning permission for a mixed-use redevelopment of the 3.5 hectare Shell Centre site near Waterloo Station on London's South Bank.
Government outlines EU ETS scheme compensation plans
The Government has released new guidelines that explain to businesses in energy-intensive industries how they can claim compensation under the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS).