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OK! told to pay Hello! £2.5million

Published: Friday, June 24, 2005

 
 
OK! magazine today left London’s Appeal Court more than £2.5 million poorer. In the aftermath of the magazine’s defeat in the battle with rival Hello! over the use of unauthorised wedding pictures of Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas the court ordered OK! to repay £1.047 million it was awarded in damages by the High Court.
 
It also ordered OK! to repay £700,000 plus £180,000 in interest that Hello! had paid towards its legal costs in the wake of the High Court ruling. With an order that OK! pay £600,000 as an interim payment towards Hello! magazine’s legal costs the total bill for OK! stands at £2,527,000.
 
OK! will have to pay a further contribution towards Hello! magazine’s estimated £1.5 million costs but that contribution will be assessed later. Their own legal costs are expected to be similar. OK! were also refused permission to appeal to the House of Lords against the Appeal Court’s ruling last year in favour of Hello! However, lawyers for OK! confirmed that they will be asking the Law Lords directly for permission to appeal to them. They also added that the Douglases remain happy with their award and would not be taking part in any further proceedings. Outside Court afterwards,
 
Chris Hutchings, solicitor for Hello! said : "We hope this is an end to this matter which never should have got this far. It is really a farce that it did over six pictures."