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Jimmy Nailed for pounds 200,000.

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet star Jimmy Nail has lost his battle for an increase in the pounds 30,000 damages awarded by a judge.

The Geordie singer and actor claimed the sum made libel "cheap at the price" for newspapers.

The 50-year-old was awarded the sum in the High Court in March by Mr Justice Eady who said he had halved the libel damages facing the News of the World and publishers Harper Collins because they had made immediate apologies and offers of recompense.

The ruling left Nail facing a legal costs bill estimated at pounds 200,000 as he refused a pounds 37,500 offer to settle the case.

He took the case to the Court of Appeal which yesterday ruled Mr Justice Eady made no error of principle and had reached a balanced conclusion. They dismissed the appeal.

Nail sued over a May 2002 report which made false allegations about his sexual behaviour and a 1998 biography by Geraint Jones entitled Nailed.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 21, 2004
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