Prince Radu of Hohenzollern v Houston and Another: QBD 7 Mar 2006

The claimant resided in Romania, and sought damages for libel. The magazine had obtained an order for security for costs. An offer had been made to cover the sum ordered, and no stifling could now happen.
Held: Any order for security costs in such a situation should be limited to a sum to represent the additional cost which will be incurred in the process of enforcement. Romania’s accession to the European Union, which would ease collection of any award, was not yet concluded. The proper level of security to be requested was andpound;80,000.


Eady J


[2006] EWHC 231 (QB)




England and Wales


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CitedLadd v Marshall CA 29-Nov-1954
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CitedContract Facilities Ltd v Estate of Rees(dec’d) and others CA 23-Jul-2003
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Appeal fromRadu, Prince of Hohenzollern v Houston and Another CA 27-Jul-2006
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See AlsoPrince Radu of Hohenzollern v Houston and Another QBD 12-Oct-2007
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See AlsoPrince Radu of Hohenzollern v Houston and Another QBD 23-Nov-2007
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See AlsoPrince Radu of Hohenzollern v Houston and Another CA 15-Jul-2008
The defendant appealed from a decision that the occasion of publication was not privileged. He sought Reynolds protection.
Held: Appeal dismissed. . .
See AlsoPrince Radu of Hohenzollern v Houston and Another (No 4) QBD 4-Mar-2009
Orders were sought to strike out part of the defendants defence of justification to an allegation of defamation.
Held: Where there remains the possibility of a jury trial, it becomes especially important to identify the issues the jurors are . .
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Defamation, Litigation Practice

Updated: 21 May 2022; Ref: scu.238934