Princess Madeleine awarded 400,000€ in win against German tabloids

  July 31, 2009 at 2:25 am by

HRH Princess Madeleine was yesterday awarded 400,000€ in damages by the Court of Hamburg. The case was against German company the Klambt Group, which owns several tabloid magazines. Those relevant to this case were Frau mit Herz and Welt der Frau.

The Princess was awarded the money, which is believed to be going to a charitable organisation, for the false articles and stories the two magazines ran regarding the Princess’ love life, marriage plans and rumoured pregnancies; totaling 86 articles between 2000 and 2004. The Court delivered the verdict based on the violation of Princess Madeleine’s human rights. The amount set by the Court to be paid by Klambt Group is the highest ever in German history in such a case.

The Court did rule, however, that the magazines did not have to publish retractions or corrections on the false stories, as they were “no longer in the minds of the people.”

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