On Friday 31 October the Supreme Court announced its decision on three applications, of particular public interest, for permission to appeal.

Jet2.com Ltd v Huzar [2014] EWCA Civ 791; Thomson Airways Ltd v Dawson [2014] EWCA Civ 845

The Court has refused applications by Jet2.com and Thomson Airways to appeal the Court of Appeal decisions in two cases about the airlines’ liability to pay compensation after travel delays. Jet2.com was refused permission to challenge the decision by asking the Court whether unforeseeable technical problem resulting in a delayed flight amounted to “extraordinary circumstances” for the purposes of Regulations 261/2004. Thomson Airways were refused permission to ask the Court if the applicable limitation period for bringing a claim for compensation was 2 years under Regulation 261/2004 or 6 years under the Limitations Act 1980.

British Telecommunications plc & Ors v British Sky Broadcasting Ltd [2014] EWCA Civ 133

The Court refused the application by British Sky Broadcasting Ltd to appeal the Court of Appeal’s ruling that they should make their core premium sports channels available to competitors’ platforms at a fixed price set by Ofcom. It believed the Court of Appeal was right to find that Ofcom did have jurisdiction to impose licence conditions to regulate the distribution of licence services.

Game Retail Ltd v Pillar Denton Ltd & Ors [2014] EWCA Civ 180

The Court refused the application by Game Retail Ltd to challenge the Court of Appeal’s decision that companies must make payments at the rate of rent for the duration of any period during which they retain possession for the benefit of the winding up or administration.