Online platforms face growing risk of defamation claims, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 17th, 2015 in defamation, internet, media, news by sally

‘The rise in the number of defamation claims before the High Court and Court of Appeal in London last year could reflect the growing risk online platforms face from such claims, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 16th June 2015

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Freddie Starr sues over grope claim – BBC News

Posted June 16th, 2015 in damages, defamation, news, public interest by sally

‘Comedian Freddie Starr is claiming damages from a woman who says he groped her when she was 15.’

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BBC News, 15th June 2015

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European Court of Human Rights: Lawyers do not have same freedom to speak out as journalists – Legal Futures

Posted May 29th, 2015 in defamation, freedom of expression, human rights, legal profession, news by sally

‘Lawyers do not have the same rights to speak out on sensitive and high-profile cases as journalists, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 29th May 2015

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Sir Roger Moore wins damages over ‘grope’ claim – BBC News

Posted May 14th, 2015 in damages, defamation, news by tracey

‘The actor Sir Roger Moore has accepted undisclosed libel damages over claims that he groped a woman while shooting James Bond film For Your Eyes Only. The 87-year-old also received an apology and his legal costs over a story that appeared in the Daily Mail and on Mail Online in October 2014.’

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BBC News, 13th May 2015

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Stalking victim warns of legal loophole – BBC News

Posted April 30th, 2015 in civil justice, criminal justice, defamation, harassment, news, stalking, victims by sally

‘Stalkers must be stopped from using a loophole in the legal system to harass their targets, a victim has said.’

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BBC News, 29th April 2015

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TV ‘exposure’ of Scientology halted by UK libel law split – The Guardian

‘Plans to broadcast HBO’s Church of Scientology exposé, Going Clear, have been shelved by Sky Atlantic in a virtual repeat of events two years ago, when UK publishers abandoned publication of the book on which the hard-hitting new TV documentary is based.’

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The Guardian, 18th April 2015

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Libel and slander – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 31st, 2015 in defamation, legislation, news by sally

‘The Defamation Act 2013 in some respects reformed the English law on defamation. Here are example cases in which it has been applied since last January.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 30th March 2015

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How to sue in respect of abusive comments on the Internet – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted March 26th, 2015 in defamation, internet, law firms, news by sally

‘The facts of this case are simple. A defamatory comment was posted on the claimant’s Google maps directional page, implying that he was a “loser” as a lawyer and that his firm lost “80%” of cases brought to them. The defendant claimed that someone must have hacked in to his own Google account to put up the post.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 25th March 2015

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Section 1 Defamation Act 2013: Will the test of the hypothetical reasonable reader be replaced by that of the twitter troll? – 5RB

Posted March 17th, 2015 in defamation, freedom of expression, news by sally

‘In this article, 5RB‘s Adrienne Page QC discusses what section 1 Defamation Act 2013 means in practice, and how it may affect both claimants and free speech.’

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5RB, 10th February 2015

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High Court awards £50,000 damages to lawyer libelled in online review – Legal Futures

Posted March 9th, 2015 in damages, defamation, internet, news by tracey

‘An American lawyer has successfully sued over an online review posted by a British man, winning £50,000 damages at the High Court.’

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Legal Futures, 9th March 2015

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Lawyers ‘are using threats to stop negative client reviews’ – The Independent

Posted March 6th, 2015 in consumer protection, defamation, internet, intimidation, law firms, news by sally

‘Thin-skinned lawyers are abusing their legal standing by threatening defamation action against members of the public who post negative reviews of their services on TripAdvisor-style websites.’

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The Independent, 5th March 2015

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Complaints to solicitors’ regulator over libel demands from Galloway’s lawyers – The Guardian

Posted March 4th, 2015 in damages, defamation, news, racism, Solicitors Regulation Authority by sally

‘Complaints have been sent to the Solicitors Regulation Authority by Twitter users who have received £6,000 libel demands from solicitors working for the MP George Galloway.’

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The Guardian, 4th March 2015

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Lawyers using libel threats to “intimidate” clients who post negative reviews online – Legal Futures

‘Lawyers are increasingly using threats of libel action to intimidate clients into taking down negative reviews from comparison websites, it was claimed yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 20th February 2015

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Googling Orgies – Thrashing out the Liability of Search Engines – Panopticon

Posted February 2nd, 2015 in data protection, defamation, EC law, internet, media, news, photography, privacy by sally

‘Back in 2008, the late lamented News of the World published an article under the headline “F1 boss has sick Nazi orgy with 5 hookers”. It had obtained footage of an orgy involving Max Mosley and five ladies of dubious virtue, all of whom were undoubtedly (despite the News of the World having blocked out their faces) not Mrs Mosley. The breach of privacy proceedings before Eady J (Mosley v News Group Newspapers Ltd [2008] EWHC 687 (QB)) established that the ‘Nazi’ allegation was unfounded and unfair, that the footage was filmed by a camera secreted in “such clothing as [one of the prostitutes] was wearing” (at [5]), and also the more genteel fact that even S&M ‘prison-themed’ orgies stop for a tea break (at [4]), rather like a pleasant afternoon’s cricket, but with a rather different thwack of willow on leather.’

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Panopticon, 30th January 2015

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Andrew Mitchell loses Plebgate libel trial – The Guardian

Posted November 28th, 2014 in closed circuit television, costs, defamation, news, parliament, police by sally

‘Andrew Mitchell, the Tory MP and former cabinet minister at the centre of the Plebgate row lost his high court libel trial on Thursday in a ruling which sees him facing a legal bill of millions of pounds and leaves his political career in tatters.’

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The Guardian, 27th November 2014

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Google case over online abuse to begin in High Court – BBC News

Posted November 24th, 2014 in defamation, internet, malicious communications, news by sally

‘The case of a UK businessman who wants Google to stop malicious web postings about him appearing in its search results is set to begin.’

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BBC News, 24th November 2014

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Bewry v Reed Elsevier UK Ltd (trading as LexisNexis) and another – WLR Daily

Posted November 18th, 2014 in appeals, defamation, law reports, limitations, time limits by sally

Bewry v Reed Elsevier UK Ltd (trading as LexisNexis) and another [2014] EWCA Civ 1411; [2014] WLR (D) 474

‘Where a court was determining whether to exercise its discretion under section 32A of the Limitation Act 1980 to disapply the one-year limitation period applying by virtue of section 4A of the 1980 Act to a claim for libel, the claimant’s ignorance of the limitation period would rarely if ever be a factor which carried any or any significant weight given the policy reasons underlying the one-year limitation period for libel claims.’

WLR Daily, 30th October 2014

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Daily Mail faces £3m bill after libel battle with businessman Andy Miller – The Guardian

Posted November 17th, 2014 in appeals, costs, damages, defamation, media, news, police, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Daily Mail faces a potential legal bill that could be as high as £3m, believed to be among the highest since controversial no-win, no-fee agreements were introduced, after libelling a businessman.’

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The Guardian, 14th November 2014

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Dr Daniel Ubani wins costs from Cambridgeshire victim’s son – BBC News

‘A man whose father was killed by a lethal overdose from a doctor said he feels “physically sick” at the idea of paying the physician’s legal costs.’

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BBC News, 7th November 2014

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Lady Gaga the polo pony in High Court libel battle – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 23rd, 2014 in animals, costs, damages, defamation, news by sally

‘A polo pony called Lady Gaga was at the centre of a High Court libel battle after her ‘reputation was slurred’ on YouTube.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd October 2014

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