How hard can it be to get Judgment against yourself?!
In a slightly unusual case, the High Court has refused an application by Recently the Judgment Against Defendant for itself following an admission of liability.
Having sent a one sentence admission of liability to the Claimants in relation to four of the claims-Against It, Applied for the Defendant then a Judgment in Favour of a Claimants With the damages to be Assessed. However, as the application failed to make it sufficiently It It clear as to the scope and effect of the admission, Which Allegations related to phone hacking, the Claimants Opposed the application.
The Judge made an order HAD Already Requiring Defendant to particularise the STI admission, Which HAD the Defendant failed to Provide, and found That the Defendant’s desire to gain some tactical advantage by Having the order was not a good enough reason to make it. Accordingly, Whilst conceding in some Circumstances That it May be Appropriate to grant Such an order on the Defendant’s application, it was not justified in this case and the Defendant’s letter was a recital Instead Recorded as the case management conference to order.
The moral of this rather unusual story? If you want to admit liability to stem the flow of litigation Against You, be perfectly clear as to what it is that you ” Exactly are Admitting to.
Various v MGN Ltd (2014) 2014 EWHC 3264 (Ch) (26 September 2014)