Archive for the 'defamation' Category

Law Soc and Bar Council urged to take action over Solicitors from Hell site – The Lawyer

“The Law Society and Bar Council should investigate defamatory comments made on the Solicitors from Hell website to find an effective route of redress for firms named on the website, a High Court has said.”

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The Lawyer, 18th April 2011

Source: www.thelawyer.com

#WithoutPrejudice Podcast 3: Libel – Hyperinjunctions – Lautsi v Italy – Expert immunity – Interns – Silk? – Charon QC

“Welcome to the third episode of Without Prejudice: Tonight, I am afraid, I can’t tell you about our guest… in fact, the superinjunction is so harsh, I can neither confirm nor deny the existence of a guest… but…. I can tell you that David Allen Green and Carl Gardner are at the table…. waiting to discuss libel, privacy, hyperinjunctions, Rough Justice – Miscarriages of Justice, The Lautsi v Italy crucifix case, and we may even have time to discuss expert immunity from suit…and interns.”

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Charon QC, 6th April 2011

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of insitelaw newswire.

Solicitors from Hell ‘abusing court process’, judge finds – Law Society’s Gazette

“The owner of Solicitors from Hell, the website that blacklists law firms and solicitors, has been accused by a High Court judge of abusing the process of the court.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 1st April 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Superinjunction scores legal first for nameless financier in libel action – The Guardian

“A wealthy financier involved in a family dispute has made British legal history by winning anonymity in a libel case. This latest court attempt to censor internet material has led to claims that free speech is being further eroded in Britain.”

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The Guardian, 29th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Birdwatchers lose RSPB defamation case – Daily Telegraph

“Two birdwatchers who sued the RSPB for criticising their research into an endangered species have lost their case after a judge said the courts should not be used for scientific disputes.”

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Daily Telegraph, 25th March 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Public interest defence against libel proposed, but campaigners call for more radical action – OUT-LAW.com

“Journalists will be able to rely on the defence that they published responsibly and in the public interest in defamation cases, according to reforms proposed by the Government. A defence of ‘honest opinion’ will replace that of ‘fair comment’.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 16th March 2011

Source: www.out-law.com

The libel reforms are a step in the right direction – but do they go far enough? – The Guardian

“The draft bill has many welcome clauses, but doesn’t limit the right of companies to sue that many campaigners had hoped for.”

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The Guardian, 15th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Government refuses to outlaw celebrity gagging orders – The Independent

“Ministers have ruled out reforming Britain’s privacy laws or bringing in new legislation to stop super-injunctions silencing the media, the Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke said yesterday.”

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The Independent, 16th March 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Libel reform: government’s proposals – The Guardian

Read the draft defamation bill and consultation in full

The Guardian, 15th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Libel law reform announced – Ministry of Justice

“New measures to support free speech, enable people to protect their reputation and help stop the use of unreasonable threats of being sued for libel were announced today.”

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Ministry of Justice, 15th March 2011

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Damages awarded in first UK Twitter libel action – Law Society’s Gazette

“A Welsh councillor has been ordered to pay damages in what is believed to be the first libel action resulting from comments posted on Twitter.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 15th March 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Defamation Bill intended to kill off ‘libel tourism’ – The Independent

“Major changes to Britain’s antiquated defamation laws will be outlined by ministers today with the publication of a bill to provide greater protection for free speech and an end to ‘libel tourism’.”

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The Independent, 15th March 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

New rules to discourage ‘libel tourism’ in Britain – Daily Telegraph

“The new rules will block celebrities and businessmen from bringing libel cases in this country unless they can prove that publication caused them ‘substantial harm’ in England and Wales, it is understood.”

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Daily Telegraph, 14th March 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Twitter libel: Caerphilly councillor pays rival £3,000 – BBC News

“A Caerphilly county councillor is to pay £3,000 and costs to a political rival for posting a libellous comment on Twitter.”

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BBC News, 10th March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Daily Telegraph apologises to Sedley LJ over defamatory allegations – The Lawyer

“The Daily Telegraph is to issue a formal apology to Lord Justice Sedley over a series of ‘professionally damaging’ allegations which appeared in the paper last year.”

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The Lawyer, 9th March 2011

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Court rules that newspaper does not have to identify commenters – The Guardian

“Defamation attempt fails as high court rules that anonymous comments on the Daily Mail’s website are little more than ‘pub talk’.”

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The Guardian, 1st March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Newspaper does not have to identify anonymous commenters, rules High Court – OUT-LAW.com

“The Daily Mail does not have to identify the people behind two anonymously posted comments on its website because to do so would breach their rights to privacy, the High Court has said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 28th February 2011

Source: www.out-law.com

Phone-hacking libel claim contested by Metropolitan police – The Guardian

“Scotland Yard is to contest a lawsuit that could establish the true number of victims in the News of the World phone-hacking scandal.”

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The Guardian, 26th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Crisis of identity: why English law needs to protect our personalities – The Guardian

“Portrayals of real people in docudramas and novels have made millions for authors and film-makers. But what of their subjects?”

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The Guardian, 23rd February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Rival guilty of paedophile slur against MP Mike Hancock – BBC News

“A rival who falsely claimed a Liberal Democrat MP was a paedophile has been convicted of attempting to affect a result in the general election.”

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BBC News, 23rd February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Facebook threatens to sue Daily Mail over paedophile story – The Guardian

“Facebook is threatening legal action against the Daily Mail amid a dispute over the headline of a front page story that named the social networking website in the context of a story about a paedophile gang operating in Devon.”

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The Guardian, 22nd February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Lawyer wins £10,000 damages from Solicitors from Hell owner – Law Society’s Gazette

“A judge has condemned the owner of the Solicitors from Hell website for his conduct when committing a serious libel against a young solicitor.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 17th February 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Brady v Norman – WLR Daily

Brady v Norman [2011] EWCA Civ 107; [2011] WLR (D) 40

“The policy behind the limitation period for defamation cases being shorter than that in personal injuries claims was clear, since the defamatory impact of libel or slander was likely to be transient and Parliament evidently intended that a claimant should assert and pursue his need for vindication speedily. Considerations as to prejudice in applications for the disapplication of the time limit in defamation cases were likely to be different than those in personal injuries cases and in defamation cases it was for the claimant to make out a case for the disapplication of the normal time limit.”

WLR Daily, 9th February 2011

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Holy man looks set to drop libel case – The Independent

“An Indian Sikh holy man who is suing a journalist in the British courts for libel has been ordered to put up quarter of million pounds in security costs in order to pursue the case further.”

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The Independent, 1st February 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Campbell libel ruling exposes ‘deeply flawed’ CFA system – Law Society’s Gazette

“Bumper success fees for lawyers in libel cases will soon be a thing of the past following last week’s ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in the Naomi Campbell case, solicitors predicted this week.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 27th January 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

European court deals blow to no win, no fee deals in Naomi Campbell case – The Guardian

“The European court of human rights today (18 January) unanimously ruled that the recovery of success fees by lawyers in privacy and defamation cases represents a significant violation of freedom of expression, in a case brought by the publisher of the Daily Mirror.”

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The Guardian, 18th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Related link: Full judgment: Mirror Group News v UK

Soil Association given libel warning after objection to huge pig farm – The Guardian

“When a charity objected to plans for a pig factory for up to 25,000 animals, they expected a fight. But now the battle looks likely to intensify after the leading London lawyers Carter-Ruck threatened libel proceedings.”

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The Guardian, 18th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Email claims lead to £30,000 libel payout – OUT-LAW.com

“An interpreter has won £30,000 in libel damages over claims in an email sent to fellow interpreters which claimed that she abused her position in a trade body to further her private interests.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 14th January 2011

Source: www.out-law.com

Libel success fees – myth and reality – Law Society’s Gazette

“There is a myth that claimant libel lawyers win almost every libel case they bring and charge double their fees, which must be paid by the defendant, usually a media organisation. The reality is very different.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 13th January 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Reform of libel laws set to open up the right of free speech – The Independent

“Sweeping changes to England’s much-criticised libel laws will be introduced, Nick Clegg will announce today.”

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The Independent, 7th January 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Clift v Slough Borough Council – WLR Daily

Clift v Slough Borough Council [2010] EWCA Civ 1171; [2010] WLR (D) 343

“Where a public authority had widely disclosed information about a person who had been in contact with its staff, both stating that she had been placed on its violent persons register and enclosing the entry itself, it was relevant, when looking to the applicability of qualified privilege, to have regard to the art 8 Convention rights of the person so identified and also to look to the proportionality of the disclosure itself.”

WLR Daily, 22nd December 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Disputed web pages must be hidden, warns High Court – OUT-LAW.com

“A disgruntled ex-agent must redirect domain names he owns to blank pages rather than to near-copies of the website of a company for which he acted, the High Court has said. The sites broke laws on passing off, the Court said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 15th December 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

Supreme Court modifies libel law described by minister as ‘not fit for purpose’ – OUT-LAW.

“The defence of ‘fair comment’ in libel actions will become a slightly-amended defence of ‘honest comment’, the Supreme Court has ruled, as Government minister Lord McNally said that current libel law is ‘not fit for purpose.’ ”

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OUT-LAW.com, 7th December 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

Roman Abramovich sues Daily Mirror – The Guardian

“Chelsea FC owner takes legal action over ‘inflammatory’ story that manager Carlo Ancelotti had three weeks to save his job.”

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The Guardian, 10th December 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Woolas’s exit paves way for BNP to stand in by-election – The Independent

“Phil Woolas has given up his battle against becoming the first MP for almost a century to lose his seat for lying about an opponent.”

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The Independent, 4th December 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Joseph v Spiller – WLR Daily

Joseph v Spiller [2010] UKSC 53; [2010] WLR (D) 310

“The defence in defamation proceedings of fair comment – to be renamed ‘honest comment’ – did not require that the comment had to identify the matters on which it was based with sufficient particularity to enable readers to judge for themselves whether it was well founded. The comment did, however, have to identify at least in general terms what it was that had led the commentator to make the comment”

WLR Daily, 2nd December 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Boob Job cream manufacturer ‘using libel laws to silence critics’ – The Guardian

“The company that produces Boob Job cream has been accused of being a ‘charlatan and a bully’ for using libel laws to silence a plastic surgeon who criticised its product.”

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The Guardian, 2nd December 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Fair comment is dead. Long live honest comment – The Guardian

“Today’s supreme court judgment has significant ramifications for the law on defamation.”

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The Guardian, 1st December 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Related link: Full judgment from UK supreme court: Spiller v Joseph [2010] UKSC 53

PCC makes formal apology for Buscombe’s phone-hacking remarks – The Guardian

“The Press Complaints Commission, which oversees the newspaper industry’s editorial code, today found itself in the embarrassing position of formally apologising and paying damages for misleading remarks made by its chairman, Lady Buscombe.”

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The Guardian, 26th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

The Spectator apologises for falsely accusing Muslim of antisemitism – The Guardian

“Apology follows settlement in which magazine and contributor Melanie Phillips agreed to pay Mohammad Sawalha compensation and his legal costs.”

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The Guardian, 26th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Online publishers and hosts launch libel reform campaign – OUT-LAW.com

“Internet publishers and ISPs have joined forces to ask the Government to reform libel laws to protect the free speech rights of bloggers and commenters and to strip host companies of liability for libellous statements.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 22nd November 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

Cosmetic surgeon may be sued for daring to question ‘Boob Job’ cream – The Guardian

“A prominent British plastic surgeon has been threatened with a libel action by the manufacturer of a cosmetic cream because she publicly questioned, in a newspaper article, whether it worked as the company claimed.”

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The Guardian, 11th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

High Court defamation claims soar – Law Society’s Gazette

“The number of High Court defamation claims has risen to the highest level since the Woolf reforms, figures have shown.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 11th October 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Judge blocks website’s ‘Solicitors From Hell’ comments about lawyer – The Independent

“A second High Court judge has issued an interim injunction banning the owner of the website Solicitors From Hell from publishing or republishing defamatory material about a lawyer with a London firm.”

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The Independent, 5th October 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Opera composer fails in bid to take libel case to European court – The Guardian

“The composer of an opera who was left bankrupt after unsuccessfully suing the London Evening Standard for libel has failed in his bid to take his case to the European Court of Human Rights.”

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The Guardian, 28th September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Solicitor wins gagging order in website case – The Independent

“A solicitor who has been the subject of allegedly defamatory postings on a website called Solicitors From Hell won an interim injunction today against the man who runs the operation, ordering him to remove the allegations from the site.”

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The Independent, 23rd September 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Mr Justice Eady to be replaced as senior judge on libel and privacy – The Independent

“Mr Justice Eady, whose rulings form much of the backbone of UK privacy law, is to hand over responsibility for defamation and privacy cases. From the beginning of October, his role as the senior media judge in England and Wales will be inherited by Mr Justice Tugendhat.”

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The Independent, 15th September 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Libel challenges by actors and sport stars treble in year – Daily Telegraph

“Libel lawsuits brought by stars of showbusiness and sport have trebled in the past year, adding to fears over press freedom.”

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd September 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Libel tourism is a very rare thing in UK courts, finds study – OUT-LAW.com

“Just three out of 83 defamation cases reported in the UK in the past year involved libel tourism, according to a study. Concern about foreign residents suing foreign publishers in UK courts greatly outweighs its actual occurrence, the figures suggest.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 2nd September 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

New privacy law needed – justice minister – The Guardian

“The Tory-Lib Dem coalition government is considering a new privacy law rather than allowing judges to create one by stealth, the justice minister Lord McNally hinted last night.”

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The Guardian, 17th August 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Mansfield has to rewrite memoirs after libelling killer – The Independent

“In the courtroom, Michael Mansfield’s eye for detail has helped forge his reputation as one of Britain’s most eminent barristers. But a curious case involving the QC’s memoirs and gruesome multiple murders that never happened have called into question his powers of recollection.”

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The Independent, 16th August 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Celebrities use British laws regarded as toughest in the world – Daily Telegraph

“Britain’s defamation laws are so tough that it is regarded as an international centre for ‘libel tourism’.”

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Daily Telegraph, 11th August 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

High Court considers hyperlinked pages as context in defamation case – OUT-LAW.com

“The High Court has examined material on pages linked to from an allegedly defamatory online article to help it decide the meaning of the piece.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 4th August 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

Ex-MP to sue successor over ‘expense claim libel’ – BBC News

“A former Conservative Sussex MP is to take the man who beat him at the general election to court over comments he made about his expenses claims.”

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BBC News, 4th August 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Law student wins £10,000 after being branded a paedophile on Facebook – Daily Telegraph

“A law student left fearing reprisals after he was falsely named as a paedophile on Facebook has won a £10,000 libel damages payout at the High Court.”

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Daily Telegraph, 28th July 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk


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