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Campbell v. MGN Limited

United Kingdom House of Lords
UKHL 22 The Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead (2004)


Naomi Campbell (plaintiff) was a world-famous fashion model based in England. The Mirror was a British newspaper owned by MGN Limited (defendant). The Mirror published a front-page article, detailing Campbell’s struggle with drug addiction. The article included pictures of Campbell in the street outside the location of her Narcotics Anonymous meeting. When Campbell sued MGN Limited, the Mirror published additional articles critical of Campbell. Campbell claimed damages for breach of confidence and compensation under the United Kingdom’s Data Protection Act 1998. The trial court upheld Campbell’s claim. The appeals court discharged the trial court’s order. Campbell appealed to the House of Lords.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning

Dissent (Hoffman, L.)

Dissent (Nicholls, L.)

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