AT, NT, ML, AK V DULGHIERU AND DULGHIERU  EWHC 225 (QB) The Claimants were all young women who were Moldavian nationals. They were bringing a claim against the Defendants (who were not present at the assessment of damages) for trafficking them into the United Kingdom and making them work as prostitutes between February and July 2003. Initially the women had been told that they could work in the United Kingdom as dancers. They were brought over the Moldova and kept locked in a flat. There they were threatened and taken to brothels, where they were forced to have sex with men. Full report here.
KUDDUS V CHIEF CONSTABLE OF LEICESTERSHIRE  EWCA Civ 39 The Claimant alleged that a police officer for whom the Defendant was responsible had committed the tort of misfeasance in public office by forging the withdrawal of a complaint of theft.A claim was made for exemplary damages. The judge at first instance struck out that claim, holding that misfeasance in public office was not a tort falling within the causes of action envisaged by the House of Lords in Rookes v Barnard  AC 1129 as eligible for exemplary damages. Full report here.
ROOKES V BARNARD (No.1)  UKHL 1 The Claimant took action against two members and an official of the Association of Engineering and Shipbuilding Draughtsmen, a trade union on the grounds that they had they had wrongfully induced his employer, BOAC to dismiss him from his employment. The claim came before a jury, who found that there had been a wrongful inducement which had caused the Claimant to lose his employment. They awarded damages of £7500.Full report here.
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