The Mail was ordered to print a front-page statement in their loss to Duchess Meghan
Last week, the Duchess of Sussex’s lawyers once again went to court (via Zoom) with the Mail on Sunday’s lawyers and Justice Warby, who has overseen the entire lawsuit regarding the Mail’s infringement of Meghan’s copyright (they published her handwritten letter to her father). Justice Warby ruled in favor of Meghan in February, granting her summary judgment, but there are still several outstanding issues before the court, and that’s what last week’s hearing was for. One of the most immediate rulings from Warby was that the Mail had to begin to cough up money to pay for Meghan’s legal costs, which are apparently around $2 million. Meghan’s lawyers wanted the Mail to pay a huge chunk upfront, and Warby lessened the first payment to $625K, meaning those broke asses at the Mail will need to pay Meghan’s legal fees and damages on layaway. But that’s not all! Meghan has also asked the court to order the Mail to publish a front-page headline and story about her victory. The judge was like “okay, let’s do that.”
A British tabloid must print a front-page notice admitting that it lost a legal battle against Meghan Markle for publishing an emotional letter she wrote to her estranged dad, a judge ruled on Friday. The ruling came a month after High Court Judge Mark Warby said the Mail on Sunday had breached Markle’s privacy and infringed on her copyrights by printing parts of a handwritten note she sent to her father, Thomas Markle, in August 2018 after he didn’t come to her wedding to Prince Harry.
In another win for Markle, the judge ruled that the outlet’s publisher, Associated Newspapers, must print a statement on its front-page admitting to its legal loss. The front-page font size must be no smaller than the paper’s February 2019 headline “Meghan’s Shattering Letter to Her Father,” Warby said in his judgement.
This notice will be coupled with a longer statement on page three of the paper explicitly stating that the court found that “Associated Newspapers infringed her (Markle’s) copyright by publishing extracts of her handwritten letter to her father in The Mail on Sunday and in Mail Online,” the judge said. The MailOnline Web site must run the statement on its homepage for a week, too, with a hyperlink to the court’s full judgement, Warby said.
Markle’s lawyers had asked that the online statement stay up for six months “to act as a deterrent for future infringers,” but the judge said he “was not persuaded of the case for prolonged publication.” Still, the judge said he was disturbed that “there has been just one short article on an inside page of” the Mail on the judgment. He also noted, “There is something to be said for [Markle’s] argument that the coverage of the case in MailOnline has not been very informative about the issues in the case and how they were resolved.”
The judge also pointed out that the publications involved had “devoted a very considerable amount of space to the infringing articles, which it continued to publish for over two years. “The wording sought is modest by comparison, and factual in nature,” Warby added of the notices he was ordering.
[From Page Six]
All of this is just… perfect. The judge taking the Mail to task for not properly covering Meghan’s victory, his ordering of the same font size for the front page, his demand that the Mail keep it as the top story online for a week. Come on. It’s perfect. Those dumbf–ks at the Mail are such f–king babies too. They refuse to admit that they lost, that’s what all of this is about. They’re in denial, they’re mad, they’re lashing out like children and desperately trying to change the subject to Meghan’s “bullying.” That’s what’s coming next – “Meghan bullied staffers, she bullied her father and now she’s bullying the Mail.” GTFO.
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