- Strike-out and limitation—phone hacking litigation (Various Claimants v News Group Newspapers Ltd)
- What are the practical implications of this case?
- What was the background?
- What did the court decide?
- Case details
Information Law analysis: This further judgment in the ongoing phone-hacking litigation concerned an attempt by the defendant to strike out replies that had recently been served by the claimants on the basis that they were an inadequate invocation of the provisions of section 32 of the Limitation Act 1980 (LA 1980), and to strike out certain cross-references in replies which relied on LA 1980, s 32(2). The court held that, in complex litigation, it was permissible for pleadings pursuant to LA 1980, s 32(1) to rely on cross-reference and incorporation. In most cases, a precise date of knowledge would not need to be pleaded. Further, the word ‘duty’ in LA 1980, s 32(2) referred to the duty which was sued on. Written by Peter Ratliff, barrister, at 6KBW.
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