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

Source: www.out-law.com

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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

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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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

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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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

Source: www.out-law.com

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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

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

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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

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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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

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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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

Source: www.out-law.com

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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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Internet trolls and why Strasbourg doesn’t want to get involved – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 15th, 2013 in defamation, freedom of expression, human rights, internet, news by sally

“This case concerned the liability of an Internet news portal for offensive comments that were posted by readers below one of its online news articles. The following summary is based on the Strasbourg Court’s press release.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 14th October 2013

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

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The verdict that finally goes against libel tourism: Fatal blow for individuals with little or no link to UK trying to bring claims – The Independent

Posted October 15th, 2013 in choice of forum, defamation, news by sally

“The use of the English courts by individuals with little or no link to the United Kingdom to bring expensive libel proceedings has been dealt a likely fatal blow after judges threw out two defamation suits brought by foreign claimants.”

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The Independent, 14th October 2013

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Council and watchdog in standoff over lawfulness of libel claim indemnity – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 1st, 2013 in auditors, defamation, illegality, indemnities, local government, news by sally

“A local authority and a finance watchdog are at loggerheads over whether certain expenditure – including the grant of an indemnity to the chief executive to bring a libel counter-claim – was unlawful.”

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Local Government Lawyer, 30th September 2013

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

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Defamation victims of “modest means” to be protected from court costs under Government proposals – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 20th, 2013 in consultations, costs, defamation, news by sally

“Those of ‘modest means’ could be able to bring defamation and privacy claims without having to worry about covering the other side’s court costs if they lose under proposals put forward by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).”

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OUT-LAW.com, 19th September 2013

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Costs protection reform – privacy and defamation cases – RPC Privacy Law

Posted September 20th, 2013 in consultations, costs, defamation, news, privacy by sally

“The government has unveiled its latest attempt to resolve the tension between its plans to abolish success fees in CFAs and ATE premiums (to reduce costs in privacy and defamation cases) while still making proceedings accessible to less wealthy parties.”

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RPC Privacy Law, 19th September 2013

Source: www.rpc.co.uk

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Government defamation costs reforms ‘could have chilling effect’ – Daily Telegraph

“Government proposals to allow people of ‘modest means’ to sue for libel without having to pay the other side’s legal costs if they lose could have a ‘chilling effect’ on free speech, a leading media lawyer has warned.”

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Daily Telegraph, 13th September 2013

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Libel victims to have legal costs protected – BBC News

Posted September 13th, 2013 in costs, defamation, news, victims by tracey

“The Ministry of Justice has proposed new measures to help libel claimants take on big corporations.”

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BBC News, 13th September 2013

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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