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Imogen Thomas and Ryan Giggs shaft newspapers

by | 2nd, March 2012

RYAN Giggs has lost again. The Manchester United player claimed the Sun had “misused” private information. He was seeking damages for distress and a breach of his right to privacy in connection with his alleged affair with strumpet Imogen Thomas.

He presented his appeal to the High Court. And they tossed it out.

The Sun said Giggs’ claim was “dead in the water”.

Giggs said the Sun “misused” private information.

Mr Justice Tugendhat denied Giggs’ right to compensation.

The highlights of that ruling :

There can be few people in England and Wales who have not heard of this litigation. The initials CTB have been chanted at football matches when Mr Giggs has been playing for Manchester United. And Mr Giggs has been named in Parliament, raising questions as to the proper relationship between Parliament and the judiciary.

In the issue of The Sun dated Thursday 14 April 2011 the First Defendants published an article on pages 1 and 4 under the heading “Footie Star’s Affair with Big Bro Imogen” (“the Article”). It did not name Mr Giggs but in due course the fact that Mr Giggs was the footie star referred to became very well known. The First Defendant (“NGN”) is the publisher of The Sun.

On the same day Mr Giggs applied to Eady J, on short notice to NGN, and without notice to Ms Thomas, for a non-disclosure injunction and other orders which are set out in an order of that date sealed on 15 April. The proceedings were famously anonymised and Mr Giggs was referred to as CTB.

What is famous or notorious about this litigation,

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