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A High Court judge branded arguments in the Duchess of Sussex’s legal case against the Mail on Sunday as "tortuous". Lord Justice Warby ruled that the Duchess, 39, won her copyright claim after a letter sent by former aide Jason Knauf "emphatically" denying ownership of a letter she wrote to her father rendered the newspaper’s case "unreal". In a ruling explaining his decision, the judge noted that it was his eighth judgment in the case and appeared to criticise both sides about the lengthy courtroom tussles on every point. Summarising a long-winded argument about the misuse of private information claim, he referred to one response as "the final twist (so far) in this tortuous story". The Duchess successfully sued Associated Newspapers for breach of privacy and copyright in relation to the publication of five articles featuring extracts of the letter sent to her estranged father, Thomas Markle, in February 2019. Earlier this year she won a summary judgment - a legal step negating the need for witness evidence - in relation to the privacy claim and the bulk of the copyright claim. Lord Justice Warby last week awarded a summary judgment on the outstanding copyright claim. The Duchess’s legal team applied for indemnity or higher costs after they were copied in on a series of emails sent from the Mail on Sunday’s legal team to Mr Knauf’s lawyers in error. Meghan, 39, had revealed that when drafting the letter to her estranged father, Mr Knauf "provided feedback" in the form of "general ideas".
A Sage adviser warned that if the Indian COVID variant can evade vaccines, Boris Johnson must not 'dither and delay as in the past'.
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News broke today that a court judgment had been entered against the Prime Minister, ordering him to pay £535. The Standard can reveal the claim was brought against him by a woman called Yvonne Hobbs. Asked for reasons for bringing the case, Ms Hobbs told the online civil money claims court it was for “defamation” and “committed repeated defamation”.
After a sluggish start to their vaccine rollout, many EU nations have picked up the pace.
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The end of Ellen’s show signifies how celebrity culture has shiftedA turbulent year filled with reports of bullying and toxicity on the star’s daytime show has reached an inevitable conclusion Ellen DeGeneres: her reign as a daytime TV anchor was a major milestone for representation. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP
Scotland's crisis-hit tourism industry is facing a prolonged downturn with an "extremely slow" start to accommodation bookings following lockdown and no evidence of a summer 'staycation' boom, according to new research. The Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA) survey found 30 per cent of businesses remained closed when restrictions started to be eased on April 26, allowing hospitality to reopen with limited hours and no alcohol service indoors. Of this group, 31 per cent plan to remain closed when lockdown is eased further on Monday with longer opening hours and alcohol permitted inside. The reseach also surveyed accommodation providers, with nearly half stating that their occupancy rates are below 20 per cent for May, June and July. More than half of Scotland's rural hotels have less than 50 per cent occupancy for this period. Only three out of 10 said they expect more than 60 per cent occupancy in June and July. The predicted occupancy rate in Scotland's cities is "worryingly low", the research said, with 94 per cent of hotels stating they will be less than half full this month. This figure increases to 98 per cent for June before falling to 87 per cent in July. The STA, the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions (ASVA), the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) and Wild Scotland, the trade body representing the adventure tourism sector shows that the industry, said the research made a nonsense of claims of a 'staycation' boom this summer. Instead they warned that the industry is far from recovery and in many respects is in a worse position now than it was a year ago. In a separate survey conducted last month, ASVA found that 54 per cent of attractions will remain closed thanks to two metre social distancing restrictions or will lose money when they do reopen.
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Rachel Reeves decries lack of employment bill in Queen’s speechNew shadow chancellor faces Rishi Sunak in Commons for first time and signals intent to recoup lost voters Rachel Reeves told the Commons a Labour government would introduce measures to tackle low pay and the gig economy. Photograph: Parliament TV
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Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab says the UK has a “sense of national purpose in trying to hold to account the very worst perpetrators of the very worst crimes”, following the government’s decision to house Bosnian Serb war criminal Radovan Karadzic for the rest of his sentence.