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Tuesday 12 December 2017

'Tribune' receiver to sue over mock-up

Dearbhail McDonald Legal Editor

THE receiver of the 'Sunday Tribune' newspaper is suing the owners of the 'Irish Mail on Sunday' over its controversial use of a mocked-up 'Tribune' front page.

On Monday, receiver Jim Luby will ask the Commercial Court, the big business division of the High Court, to fast-track the case against Associated Newspapers (Ireland).

The 'Sunday Tribune' went into receivership last month and the 'Irish Mail on Sunday', owned by Associated Newspapers, subsequently placed copies of its own paper into a mocked-up version of the 'Tribune'. The special edition of the 'Irish Mail on Sunday' replicated the layout and masthead of the 'Tribune', angering staff who were set to lose their jobs at the newspaper.

It is understood that Mr Luby will allege breaches of trademark and "passing off" in the commercial court action.

The amount of damages sought was not known, but the action was publicly listed for entry last night on the website

The 'Irish Mail on Sunday' action was described by 'Sunday Tribune' editor Noirin Hegarty as "a shameless act of commercial vandalism".

But the 'Irish Mail on Sunday' editor defended the action as a marketing exercise.

After the special edition was published, Seamus Dooley, secretary of the National Union of Journalists, accused the 'Irish Mail on Sunday' of being "crass and cynical".

Irish Independent

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