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10.30am: Court of Appeal backs Hello! in Douglas-Jones wedding case

Published: Wednesday, May 18, 2005

The Court of Appeal has ruled that Hello! magazine was entitled to publish a spoiler spread on the wedding of Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas marking the end of a four-year legal fight.
 
The decision overturns a previous decision which ordered Hello! to pay damages and costs to OK! of more than £2 million.
 
The famous couple originally sold their wedding photos to OK! magazine but Hello! was able to publish a spoiler after it obtained snaps from another wedding-goer. The result was substantial loss in sale for Hello! which thought it had obtained the exclusive rights to the event.
 
Hello! was represented by London media lawyers, m law.
 
Chris Hutchings of m law said: "This was a spat between two rival publishers and not between Hello! and the Douglases. The judgment is a resounding win for Hello!. The focus of this case was not about privacy, it was about commerce and in particular the common practise of editorial ‘spoilers’. As a result of our win, Richard Desmond will now have to write a cheque to Hello! for a very large amount of money indeed."