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Senator Paudie Coffey settles High Court action over a newspaper article

The article arose from a statement from fellow FG TD John Paul Phelan on the boundary issue of South Kilkenny. After the jury was discharged, the case was put back into the list to fix dates while the issue of the costs of the 13-day trial was to be dealt with separately.When this costs matter came before Mr Justice Bernard Barton on Wednesday last, Richard Kean SC, for Mr Coffey, told the judge he was “very relieved and pleased to say the entire matter is resolved” and as part of the resolution a statement was to be read out by Rossa Fanning SC on behalf of the defendants.

In a statement, Senator Coffey’s solicitor Georgina Robinson said: “Senator Coffey took this case to protect...

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Louise Redknapp ran red light due to ‘divorce trauma’

Former Strictly Come Dancing star Louise Redknapp has been fined £666 for driving her Land Rover through a red light but told the court it was due to the stress of her divorce.

The singer admitted driving through the red signal in Swandon Way, at the junction with Wandsworth Bridge, in south-west London at around 9.34am on November 2 last year.#AD

Rebecca Penfold, defending Louise Redknapp, told Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday that the singer had expressed ‘full remorse’ and takes full responsibility.

The barrister said at the time of the incident, Redknapp was going through the ‘trauma’ of a divorce and had paparazzi following her on a daily basis.

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Katy Perry copied hit song, court rules

A US court has ruled that Katy Perry has copied her 2013 song 'Dark Horse' from a Christian rap song.

'Dark Horse' is one of Perry's biggest hits, boasting a healthy 2.6 BILLION views on YouTube, but the court has decided that it is too similar to a song called 'Joyful Noise' by a Christian rap group called Flame.

'Joyful Noise' was released in 2011

According to the BBC, during the trial, Katy's team described the beat of both songs as "commonplace", arguing that because of that, Flame could not claim copyright.

"They're trying to own basic building blocks of music, the alphabet of music that should be available to...

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Pat Kenny to help fund High Court bid to block Bulloch Harbour development

Broadcaster, Pat Kenny has confirmed he is to provide financial support to a local residents' initiative in Dalkey seeking to challenge in the High Court a decision giving planning permission to a mixed-use development for Bulloch Harbour. In recent days, householders around Dalkey have received a newsletter along with an insert asking residents to contribute to a fund-raising initiative aimed at raising sufficient funds to launch a High Court judicial review of June's An Bord Pleanála ruling. In an interview, Dalkey resident Mr Kenny said that he intends to make “a good donation” to the fund-raising effort by the Bullock Harbour Preservation Association. He said: “Everyone should google those videos and see for themselves.” Source: Breaking News...
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Harry Styles to testify in court against alleged stalker

Harry Styles has found that out in recent times, as he claims that a man has been stalking him by sleeping outside his London house and putting notes through his letterbox.

The former One Direction singer has alleged that Spanish man Pablo Tarazaga-Orero has been stalking him for two months and has also made unwanted approaches to him on the street, according to The Sun. Police have arrested him - but as he denies the charge of stalking, it means that Styles will have to give evidence in court during his trial.

The alleged stalker appeared in court yesterday, with the charge sheet claiming that he had “pursued a course of conduct which amounted to the stalking of Harry Styles”.

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ex-Air Corps mechanic’s case alleging exposure to dangerous chemicals

The State must disclose a range of documents to a former aircraft mechanic in the Air Corps who is suing it over his alleged exposure on dates during the 1990s to dangerous chemicals, the Supreme Court has ruled.

In his personal injury proceedings, yet to be heard, Gavin Tobin also alleges he was, on one occasion during the 1990s, subject to “tubbing” - doused with chemicals by other Air Corps personnel.

He is among several former mechanics suing over alleged exposure to dangerous chemicals and solvents during their employment.

Today, a five-judge Supreme Court gave a unanimous judgment overturning a Court of Appeal (COA) decision that Mr Tobin’s discovery application was premature.

The Supreme Court disagreed...

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€7.25 million for patient who was injured on day release

A LIMERICK man who was released on a day pass from a psychiatric unit and later fell from a multi-storey car park has settled his High Court action against the HSE for €7.25million. Andrew Curtin of Ballinacurra Gardens ran from his mother’s car in Limerick city in September 2011 and into a multi-storey car park where he fell from the first floor and suffered “appalling injuries” to his spine, the court heard. Liability was admitted by the HSE. Mr Curtin had been admitted to the hospital after coming off his medication for a condition diagnosed nine years earlier as depression with psychotic features. It was claimed that two days before he got his day release pass, Mr Curtin had been regarded as “high risk.” Mr Curtin, who is 35 and now uses a wheelchair, was...
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Surgical hernia mesh lawsuits

Here is a brief history of using surgical (hernia) mesh: 1970’s: Surgical (hernia) mesh used to correct various hernias. 1990’s: Using a mesh for hernia repairs gains wide acceptance by doctors. 2010: $1.5 million verdict against R. Bard regarding it’s Kugel hernia mesh. 2011: $184 million paid by Bard to settle over 1,000 hernia mesh claims. April 2016: FDA warns the public about “many reports” that patients with hernia mesh experienced “pain, infection, recurrence, adhesion, obstruction, and perforation”. 2018: Ethicon Physiomesh lawsuits in federal court are consolidated in the Northern District of Georgia for pre-trial proceedings. See Physiomesh MDL Court Sets Schedule for First Bellwether Trial by ERIC T. CHAFFIN NOV 20, 2018 This snapshot of events is just the tip of the iceberg. The number of surgical mesh manufacturers has grown _ and continues to grow...
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Britney Spears granted five-year restraining order against ex-manager

A Los Angeles judge has slapped a five-year ‘civil harassment’ restraining order on Britney Spears’ ex-manager after the troubled singer requested it.

Sam Lutfi was accused of stirring up the 'Free Britney' movement by urging its followers to 'raise hell' and 'unleash' against her conservatorship that’s been run by her father James for more than a decade.

The accusation came at a downtown Los Angeles court hearing where the the 37 year-old singer’s legal team asked Judge Brenda Penny to force Lutfi to stay 200 yards away from her.

Lutfi - who appeared in court today with a shaved head and wearing a dark jacket and dark jeans - ‘says to the public, "raise hell" and "unleash",’ attorney Chad Hummel...

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Nick Knowles Slapped With Driving Ban After Admitting Two Offences

DIY SOS host Nick Knowles has been banned from driving for six months after being caught speeding and using his phone at the wheel. 

The TV presenter appeared at Cheltenham Magistrates Court on Wednesday for sentencing. 

A judge also fined Knowles almost £1,500 after he previously pleaded guilty to the two driving offences. 

He was caught driving at 85mph in a 70mph zone while driving his Range Rover on the A417 Brockworth Bypass on January 28.

Knowles also told magistrates that he been using his mobile phone, despite having a hands-free kit, due to a “dodgy power lead”.

He received six points on his licence for the offence, which resulted in a driving ban as he...

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