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Madeleine McCann: 'Tapas 7' Win £375,000 Payout

Tapas 7 (aka G9)- No Stone Unturned For the Money



The case is listed for 10.30am in Court 13 of the High Court before Mr Justice Eady

COURT 13
Before MR JUSTICE EADY [
Sir David Eady]
Thursday, 16th October 2008
At half past 10
Jury List
STATEMENT IN OPEN COURT
SIOC/08/1005 Tanner & ors v Express Newspapers
 

The man of mystery Lord Justice Eady

The uncertainty may illustrate only one thing: Mr Justice Eady is a very good lawyer.

Educated at at public school at Brentwood in Essex and Trinity, Cambridge, he arrived at the Bar in 1966, specialised in the law of libel and defamation, and achieved Queen's Counsel rank by 1983.
As an advocate, he appeared in some of the most dramatic libel cases of the 1980s and 90s: he appeared for the Sun newspaper in its losing fight against William Roache, the Coronation Street Ken Barlow actor, whom it had wrongly called boring.

In one incident he gave an opinion that newspaper editor Derek Jameson should drop a libel case against the BBC. Jameson's solicitor, Peter Carter-Ruck, hid the advice from his client, and Jameson lost £75,000.

Tapas 7's '£375k damages' for Maddie reports
Wednesday, October 15, 2008

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Rachael Oldfield, Fiona Payne and Russell O’Brien in Praia da Luz after Madeleine vanished. They and the rest of the so- called Tapas Nine had a reunion in a Leicester hotel

Friends of Madeleine McCann's parents who were with the couple on the night she died are to receive £375,000 in libel damages, it has been reported.

Sky News said the money will be paid out to the so-called "Tapas Seven" by Express Newspapers.

The group were holidaying with Kate and Gerry McCann when three-year-old Madeleine disappeared in May last year.

The Channel's crime correspondent Martin Brunt said: "The Tapas Seven, friends of Kate and Gerry McCann - those who were on hoiday with them in Portugal last year - are to receive apologies tomorrow morning in the High Court from Express Newspapers, and they will share a payout of £375,000.

"I'm told an apology will be read out in the court and then there'll be statements from the McCanns and the 'Tapas 7' lawyers.

"There will also be apologies in the Daily Express and Daily Star newspapers."

The newspaper group has already paid £550,000 dmanages to the McCann's after suggested they may have been involved in their daughter's disappearance.

The money is likely to go toward the Find Madeleine fund.

Source: Metro

Friends who were with the parents of Madeleine McCann when she disappeared in Portugal are to be paid £375,000 in libel damages by Express Newspapers.

Sky's Crime correspondent Martin Brunt said: "The Tapas 7, friends of Kate and Gerry McCann - those who were on holiday with them in Portugal last year - are to receive apologies tomorrow morning in the High Court from Express Newspapers, and they will share a payout of £375,000.

"I'm told an apology will be read out in the court and then there'll be statements from the McCanns and the 'Tapas 7' lawyers.

"There will also be apologies in the Daily Express and Daily Star newspapers and we can expect something similar in the Sunday Express."

"The friends had complained about around two dozen articles in which they claimed they were libelled; accusations that they had covered up the truth of what had happened to Madeleine, allegations that they had obstructed the authorities and even allegations that one of them had been involved in Madeleine's disappearance," said Brunt.

"This is the third time this year newspapers have agreed a settlement.

"The first settlement was against Express Newspapers - they were forced to pay out just over £500,000 to Kate and Gerry McCann for more than 100 defamatory articles.

"In July, a number of newspaper groups were involved in an even bigger payout - around £600,000 - to Robert Mural, the first suspect in the case, who was subsequently cleared of suspicion by the Portuguese authorities.

More to follow...


Second Version of the above article

Breaking News
5:32pm UK, Wednesday October 15, 2008

Friends who were with the parents of Madeleine McCann when she disappeared in Portugal are to be paid £375,000 in libel damages by Express Newspapers.

Sky's Crime correspondent Martin Brunt said: "The Tapas 7, friends of Kate and Gerry McCann - those who were on holiday with them in Portugal last year - are to receive apologies tomorrow morning in the High Court from Express Newspapers, and they will share a payout of £375,000.

"I'm told an apology will be read out in the court and then there'll be statements from the McCanns and the 'Tapas 7' lawyers.

"There will also be apologies in the Daily Express and Daily Star newspapers and we can expect something similar in the Sunday Express."

"I understand the money will go into the Madeleine Fund.

"The friends had complained about around two dozen articles in which they claimed they were libelled; accusations that they had covered up the truth of what had happened to Madeleine, allegations that they had obstructed the authorities and even allegations that one of them had been involved in Madeleine's disappearance," said Brunt.

The seven are couples Jane Tanner and Russell O'Brien, Rachael and Matthew Oldfield, Fiona and David Payne, and Mrs Payne's mother Dianne Webster.

With the McCanns, they made up the party staying in Praia da Luz in the Algarve in May last year when Madeleine disappeared days before her fourth birthday.

The nickname for the group comes from the tapas restaurant where all nine adults were dining when Madeleine went missing from her family's holiday apartment nearby.

Brunt added: "This is the third time this year newspapers have agreed a settlement.

"The first was against Express Newspapers - they were forced to pay out just over £500,000 to Kate and Gerry McCann for more than 100 defamatory articles.

"In July, a number of newspaper groups were involved in an even bigger payout - around £600,000 - to Robert Murat, the first suspect in the case, who was subsequently cleared of suspicion by the Portuguese authorities."

Source: Sky News

Madeleine McCann: 'Tapas seven' to get £375,000 Express Newspapers payout
Stephen Brook, press correspondent
Wednesday October 15 2008 16.51 BST

The Ocean Club in Praia Da Luz, Portugal, where Kate and Gerry McCann were dining when their daughter Madeleine went missing

The Ocean Club in Praia da Luz, Portugal: Kate and Gerry McCann dined there - along with the 'tapas seven' - when their daughter Madeleine went missing. Photograph: Linda Nylind

Richard Desmond's Express Newspapers will reportedly pay out £375,000 in damages to the so-called 'tapas seven', the group Kate and Gerry McCann dined with on the night their daughter Madeleine disappeared.

The seven will receive £375,000 in damages for a series of articles published in the Daily Express and Sunday Express, Sky News reported today.

Express Newspapers was not immediately available to comment.

The legal action, undertaken for the group by law firm Carter-Ruck, follows big payouts by British papers to the McCanns and to Robert Murat. In July, Murat accepted more than £600,000 in damages from 11 British newspapers after he was libelled in more than 100 articles.

The Express Newspapers-owned Daily Express, Sunday Express and Daily Star; Associated Newspapers' Daily Mail, Evening Standard, and Metro; Mirror Group Newspapers' Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror and Scottish Daily Record; and News Group's Sun and News of the World acknowledged that the stories they had run about Murat over nine months were entirely untrue and should never have been printed.

In March, Kate and Gerry McCann accepted £550,000 from Express Newspapers after the Daily and Sunday Express, the Daily Star and Daily Star Sunday ran numerous defamatory articles after their daughter Madeleine disappeared from the Praia da Luz resort in Portugal on May 3, 2007.

Sky News crime correspondent Martin Brunt said: "The tapas seven, friends of Kate and Gerry McCann - those who were on holiday with them in Portugal last year - are to receive apologies tomorrow morning in the high court from Express Newspapers, and they will share a payout of £375,000.

"I'm told an apology will be read out in the court and then there'll be statements from the McCanns and the tapas seven lawyers. There will also be apologies in the Daily Express and Daily Star newspapers and we can expect something similar in the Sunday Express."

According to the high court hearings list for tomorrow, a statement will be read in open court before Mr Justice Eady at 10.30am regarding "Tanner [and others] v Express Newspapers".

Source: Guardian

Madeleine: More Sub-stantial Damages

Martin Brunt
October 15, 2008 5:59 PM

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Back to the High Court in the morning and another Madeleine McCann payout... this time to the 'Tapas 7'.

Where will it end? Here, probably. Unless other hacks want to push their luck.

Kate and Gerry's friends who were with them in Portugal had complained about 20 or so newspaper articles which accused them, variously, of covering up details of Madeleine's disappearance and misleading the authorities there.

In one case there was an allegation, based on Portuguese reports, that one of the friends had been involved in the disappearance.

The latest payment of £375,000 is from Express Newspapers, which have already paid the McCanns £550,000.

Although the award is to the McCann friends, I gather it will go to the Madeleine Fund to help in the continued search for the young girl.

Any connection between the combined £925,000 Express payout and the 86 redundancies recently announced at the, er, Express is entirely coincidental.

Those losing their jobs are mostly sub-editors, who provide a check on the exuberance and accuracy of the papers' reporters.

Source: Martin Brunt Sky's blog


12 comments:

  1. Excelente tu video comentario Joana!!

    Carl

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  2. Child neglect pays. Obviously.

    So does framing an innocent man, refusing to take part in a reconstruction, refusing to answer police questions, being involved in the death and concealment of a child, staging an abduction, setting up a fraudulent fund which rakes in millions - and taking the piss out of everyone with their bizarre behaviour. And that's not to mention the suspicions of paedophilia.

    I'm in the wrong job.

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  3. Here in the UK we seem to be living in a virtual world in which what the McCanns & Co say stands despite evidence to the contrary. What kind of society have we become.

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  4. Corruption in high places at the end of the Roman Empire, corruption in high places at the end of UK....... something or other.

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  5. Sad, sad, sad country.

    Oh so very, very, very sad.

    Never have so many been ridiculed by so few.

    Winston Churchill must be spinning in his grave...

    Textusa

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  6. Some Brits may express their conviction that they do not need to learn a foreign language. If you shout loud enough in English the world will understand you. Will they equally think that if they shout loud enough a make-belief story the world will trust they are telling the truth?

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  7. Further to the comment on shouting loud enough in English, it just shows the danger of a global language. In this case it has become a weapon of misinformation against truth and justice. Poor Madeleine!

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  8. When the powerful influence, it's understandable, although not justifiable.

    But when one of the pillars of society, the Justice one, then there are no excuses. Whatever was fake, becomes reality. Officially, at least.

    With Mr. Brown's alleged call to confirm the exoneration of Mr. Amaral, the Executive Pillar was, allegedly, the first to respond to the roll-call.

    Will be waiting for the House to pass some sort of law to protect the McCanns. Just a question of time for the Legislative Pillar to step foward.

    Was Madeleine Beth McCann not a British citizen?

    Brits, from this day onwards, please do stop pinning the blame on the tabloids.

    Something is very, very, very wrong.

    Textusa

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  9. With all this punitive pressure, will any publisher dare bring out an English translation of Amaral's book, The Truth of the Lie. Perhaps just as well, it would probably be a distorted translation giving false information.

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  10. SHAME ON THOSE WHO DO NOT ALLOW FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN BRITAIN

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  11. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HugsKz2hcBo

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  12. This sounds like a publicity stunt. The tapas 7 paying their compensation into a fund to to find Madeleine, this just says c`mon you lot she was abducted, we are innocent and we need your cash. Why else would we pour our money into the fund. Dont fall for it.

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