The Defamation Act 2013: reflections and reforms – OUP Blog

Posted April 14th, 2014 in anonymity, defamation, freedom of expression, internet, media, news by sally

‘How can a society balance both the freedom of expression, including the freedom of the press, with the individual’s right to reputation? Defamation law seeks to address precisely this delicate equation. Especially in the age of the internet, where it is possible to publish immediately and anonymously, these concerns have become even more pressing and complex. The Defamation Act 2013 has introduced some of the most important changes to this area in recent times, including the defence for honest opinion, new internet-specific reforms protecting internet publishers, and attempts to curb an industry of “libel tourism” in the U.K.’

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OUP Blog, 14th April 2014

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The Section 5 Defamation Act 2013 Regulations: Cumbersome and of questionable benefit? – 5RB

Posted March 10th, 2014 in defamation, internet, news, regulations by sally

‘Much has been written on the mental gymnastics required by the Defamation (Operators of
Websites) Regulations 2013 (“the Regulations”) issued under section 5 of the Defamation
Act 2013 (“the Act”).’

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5RB, 4th March 2014

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Makudi v Baron Triesman of Tottenham – WLR Daily

Posted February 28th, 2014 in defamation, law reports, parliamentary privilege, privilege, public interest by sally

Makudi v Baron Triesman of Tottenham [2014] EWCA Civ 179; [2014] WLR (D) 98

‘Where a claim in defamation was brought against the defendant for repeating at an extra-parliamentary inquiry his evidence before a parliamentary committee, he was immune from the claim, by virtue of article 9 of the Bill of Rights 1689, because of the public interest in the evidence and the close nexus between the evidence on the two occasions.’

WLR Daily, 26th February 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Privilege and reporting the contents of documents read by the court – Legal Week

Posted February 28th, 2014 in defamation, documents, law reports, news, privilege by sally

‘The fair and accurate reporting of court proceedings has long been protected from libel action by the defence of privilege. Contemporaneous fair and accurate reports of court proceedings in public are now protected by absolute privilege and other fair and accurate reports by qualified privilege. In the former case no libel action can be brought, in the latter an action will only succeed if malice is proved.’

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Legal Week, 27th February 2014

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Judicial Review Concessions, Gay Olympic Controversy, and Defamation in Europe – the Human Rights Roundup – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Last week, the Justice Secretary published the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill. The implications of his revised proposals for judicial review reform are considered in this week’s roundup, along with controversy over gay rights at the Winter Olympics and recent trends in defamation cases before the Court of Human Rights.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 10th February 2014

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Afghan refugee wins ‘Taliban’ libel case – BBC News

Posted January 30th, 2014 in damages, defamation, media, news, refugees by sally

‘An Afghan refugee granted asylum in the UK has accepted substantial libel damages over a newspaper accused him of being a member of the Taliban.’

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BBC News, 29th January 2014

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Court of Appeal refuses blogger permission to appeal in libel case – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 10th, 2014 in appeals, defamation, harassment, internet, news, perverting the course of justice by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal last month refused a blogger permission to appeal in her libel claim against a council and its chief executive, it has emerged.’

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Local Government Lawyer,  6th January 2014

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

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Statement regarding defamation cases – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted January 10th, 2014 in civil procedure rules, defamation, press releases by tracey

‘During the passage of the Bill that became the Defamation Act 2013, Parliament discussed procedural changes to assist with the implementation of the legislation and the policy underlying it. The Civil Procedure Rule Committee (CPRC) has now made the rule changes. However, as these have not been as extensive as members of Parliament may have anticipated, I am issuing this statement to provide some clarification and reassurance to Parliament and others…’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 2nd January 2014

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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Defamation reforms should cut claims but only after courts give guidance on how the new rules apply, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 6th, 2014 in defamation, internet, news, time limits by sally

‘Changes to defamation laws should help cut the number of libel claims being brought before UK courts, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 3rd January 2014

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How to tweet without ending up in prison – The Guardian

‘An ill-judged tweet can land you in a whole lot of legal bother, as Peaches Geldof and Sally Bercow know only too well. So the attorney general’s new guidelines are essential reading.’

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The Guardian, 4th December 2013

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Paying the price for speaking freely about FIFA – the Triesman libel proceedings – Sports Law Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

‘The Court of Appeal will soon be delivering judgment in a high-profile clash between the head of Thailand’s football federation, Dato Worawi Makudi, and Lord Triesman, the former chairman of the FA, which raises an issue of high constitutional importance.’

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Sports Law Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 9th December 2013

Source: www.sportslawbulletin.org

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Court of Appeal upholds strict costs rule in Mitchell case – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 27th, 2013 in appeals, budgets, costs, defamation, fees, media, news, solicitors, time limits by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal today upheld a strict costs judgment in a landmark case which establishes the court’s post-Jackson hardline approach to costs budgeting.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 27th November 2013

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Defamation law reforms to take effect from the start of 2014 – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 21st, 2013 in defamation, defences, freedom of expression, legislation, news, publishing, regulations by sally

“Changes to UK defamation laws will come into force on 1 January 2014, the Justice Minister has announced.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th November 2013

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Cost protection plans for defamation and privacy cases would lead to mountain of satellite litigation, warns expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 14th, 2013 in costs, defamation, news, privacy by tracey

“The Government’s proposed new costs protections framework for those making defamation and privacy claims would lead to a ‘mountain of satellite litigation’, an expert has warned.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th November 2013

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City solicitors urge MoJ to withdraw “premature” consultation on defamation costs protection – Litigation Futures

Posted November 12th, 2013 in consultations, costs, defamation, news, privacy, solicitors by tracey

“City solicitors have urged the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to withdraw its consultation on costs protection in defamation and privacy claims because it does not deal with the central issue of how eligibility for protection will be assessed.”

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Litigation Futures, 7th November 2013

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Lord McAlpine settles libel action with Alan Davies over Twitter comment – The Guardian

Posted October 25th, 2013 in costs, damages, defamation, internet, news by sally

“Lord McAlpine has settled his libel action with Alan Davies over a tweet relating to false child sex abuse allegations, with the comedian agreeing to pay £15,000 in damages and issuing a warning to users of the social media service.”

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The Guardian, 24th October 2013

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Ofcom upholds Lord McAlpine complaints – BBC News

Posted October 24th, 2013 in complaints, defamation, media, news by tracey

“Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has upheld complaints against episodes of Newsnight and This Morning which led to Lord McAlpine being wrongly implicated in child sex abuse allegations.”

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BBC News, 23rd October 2013

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Lord McAlpine libel row with Sally Bercow formally settled in high court – The Guardian

Posted October 22nd, 2013 in damages, defamation, internet, news by tracey

“Sally Bercow has apologised for ‘irresponsible use of Twitter’ and agreed to pay undisclosed damages to peer, court told.”

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The Guardian, 22nd October 2013

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Rulings ‘foreshadow’ clampdown on libel tourism in imminent defamation law reforms, say experts – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 17th, 2013 in choice of forum, defamation, news by sally

“The High Court’s refusals to hear the outcome of two defamation claims serve as a pre-cursor to stiffer rules on libel tourism, two experts have said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 16th October 2013

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Libel tourism at an end, say lawyers following high court rulings – The Guardian

“Lawyers have heralded the death of so-called libel tourism after the high court threw out two cases brought by wealthy foreigners over allegations published overseas.”

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The Guardian, 15th October 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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