Sat, Apr. 08, 2006

Paper on Lawyer

.   Rechtblog reprints an excerpt from a press release of April 7, 2006 by the Karlsruhe Court of Appeals regarding the matter 14U124/05 decided the same day. The case involves the issue of damages that a law firm partner demanded for a newspaper article on the arrest of his partner in a criminal matter.

While the court found plaintiff's personality rights violated, the paper did not report falsehoods or anything significant that could hurt his expectation of privacy. Any residual harm to the plaintiff could have been avoided if the newspaper had not omitted some clarification of the fact that the plaintiff was not the subject of investigation.

A clarification would not have made so much of a difference, however, that the omission could be measured in financial terms. Therefore, plaintiff recovers nothing.


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