Jordan v MGN Ltd

Costs – Order for costs. The Chancery Division dismissed the claimant's application to claim certain costs, in proceedings concerning alleged phone hacking and other unlawful activities said to have been carried out by the defendant company's newspapers. There was no meaningful sense in which the parties had agreed on a sum as being the damages figure appropriate to the claim. The court allowed the defendant's application for indemnity costs, on the ground that there had been a culpable failure to engage in negotiations that would, if conducted more properly, have been likely to have led to a settlement.

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