*Hannon and another v News Group Newspapers Ltd and another

Practice – Striking out. The first defendant newspaper published sensationalist stories about the claimants' arrests in separate incidents. The claimants issued proceedings, alleging infringement of privacy and confidentiality. The first defendant applied to strike out the claims on grounds including that the proceedings concerned damage to reputation and should only have been brought in defamation, which were statute-barred or an abuse of process. The Chancery Division, in dismissing the applications, held that the first defendant had not established that it was sufficiently plain that a claim based on damage to reputation could only be brought in defamation.

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