Giggs's legal row with 'Sun' costs him £500,000
Published 03/03/2012 | 05:00
RYAN Giggs's "notorious" legal action against the 'Sun' for damages over an alleged invasion of privacy served "no purpose", a High Court judge ruled yesterday, leaving him with a £500,000 (€600,148) legal bill.
The Manchester United footballer had claimed that the newspaper "misused" private information and said he was entitled to damages for distress and breach of a right to privacy enshrined in human rights legislation.
Mr Justice Tugendhat said Mr Giggs's claim for damages was unlikely to result in any "significant award".
Mr Giggs (38) sued after the newspaper published an article on April 14 about an alleged relationship between an unnamed footballer and reality television star Imogen Thomas (30).
The case became "famous" shortly afterwards when a judge ruled Mr Giggs should not be identified -- but referred to as "CTB" -- to protect his privacy.
In May, the Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming, speaking in the Commons, used parliamentary privilege to name Mr Giggs as the player involved.
Mr Giggs was subsequently named in the media and on the internet, even though the banning order remained in place for several months.
He was first named in court earlier this year after a judge said the anonymity order was no longer needed.
Last month, Mr Justice Tugendhat heard legal argument about whether the action should be allowed to continue.
Mr Giggs's counsel Hugh Tomlinson argued that the 'Sun' had misused private information in the article.
Richard Spearman, counsel for the Sun's publisher, News Group Newspapers, said the article hadn't identified Mr Giggs.
Mr Justice Tugendhat said the litigation had become "notorious".
"There can be few people in England and Wales who have not heard of this litigation.
"The initials CTB have been chanted at football matches when Mr Giggs has been playing for Manchester United.
"What is famous or notorious about this litigation is that the order for Mr Giggs to be anonymised did not achieve its purpose," he said.
Ms Thomas also took legal action against Mr Giggs.
That claim was settled last year. (© Daily Telegraph, London).