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Friday, 31 October 2008

Goliath can't appeal against little David decision

According to the House of Lords' Minutes of Proceedings this week, the highest appellate court in the United Kingdom has refused Big Pictures (UK) Limited leave to appeal against the Court of Appeal's decision in its controversial dispute with little David Murray, better known as the son of Harry Potter author J K Rowling. Earlier this year the Court of Appeal (as noted by the IPKat here in "Now you can buy milk without being shot", allowing David's appeal) refused to strike out an action brought on behalf of the child, considering that it was at least arguable that David had a reasonable expectation of privacy and that the balance between Articles 8 and 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights should be struck in his favour. The trial on the merits of his claim has yet to take place.

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