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

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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

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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

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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

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Costs protection in defamation and privacy claims: the Government’s proposals – Ministry of Justice

Posted September 13th, 2013 in consultations, costs, defamation, press releases, privacy by tracey

“Costs protection in defamation and privacy claims: the Government’s proposals.”

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Ministry of Justice, 13th September 2013

Source: https://consult.justice.gov.uk/

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Mail reaches out-of-court settlement with Ryanair over safety story – The Guardian

Posted September 13th, 2013 in airlines, defamation, health & safety, media, news by tracey

“Airline sued newspaper for libel after it claimed some pilots were concerned that a fuel policy may have put passengers at risk.”

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The Guardian, 12th September 2013

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CoA to hear ‘plebgate’ costs challenge after High Court cuts libel budget – The Lawyer

Posted September 2nd, 2013 in appeals, costs, defamation, media, news, police, solicitors by sally

“The Court of Appeal will decide whether Andrew Mitchell MP can reverse a High Court decision that the cost of his libel action against The Sun should be restricted to the cost of the court fees for the claim.”

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The Lawyer, 30th August 2013

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Lance Armstrong ‘agrees Sunday Times settlement’ – BBC News

Posted August 27th, 2013 in damages, defamation, fraud, news, sport by tracey

“Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has agreed a settlement with the Sunday Times after it sued him for about £1m, the paper has announced.”

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BBC News, 25th August 2013

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Brooke Magnanti sued by former lover over Belle de Jour blog – The Guardian

Posted August 12th, 2013 in defamation, internet, news, prostitution by sally

“Former RAF officer Owen Morris wants damages for defamation and breach of privacy, claiming sex work was fabricated.”

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The Guardian, 11th August 2013

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High Court caps ‘plebgate’ libel budget to court fees for Andrew Mitchell MP – The Lawyer

Posted August 8th, 2013 in budgets, case management, costs, defamation, fees, news by sally

“The High Court has told the former chief whip Andrew Mitchell MP that the cost of his libel action against The Sun will be restricted to the cost of the court fees for the claim.”

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The Lawyer, 7th August 2013

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Peter Cruddas wins £180,000 damages in Sunday Times libel case – The Guardian

Posted August 1st, 2013 in corruption, costs, damages, defamation, media, news, political parties by sally

“The former Conservative party co-treasurer Peter Cruddas has won £180,000 damages in his high court libel action over a Sunday Times allegation about charging £250,000 to meet David Cameron.”

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The Guardian, 31st July 2013

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Twitter users and the law – timeline – The Guardian

“Libel, racism, threats, harassment and the naming of people in defiance of court orders.”

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The Guardian, 29th July 2013

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‘Gutting’ of Jillings child abuse report angers victims – The Guardian

“A decision to continue to withhold crucial details from a damning report on widespread abuse in children’s homes has been strongly criticised by victims, lawyers and child protection experts.”

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The Guardian, 8th July 2013

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Sunday Times wins long-running libel trial against East End businessman – The Guardian

Posted July 4th, 2013 in defamation, media, news, trial without jury by sally

“The Sunday Times has won a long-running libel trial brought by an East End businessman it accused of running a vast criminal empire in London.”

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The Guardian, 4th July 2013

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Daily Mail in £100,000-plus payout over Syrian chemical weapons story – The Guardian

Posted June 27th, 2013 in damages, defamation, media, news, weapons by sally

“The Daily Mail has apologised and paid £110,000 in libel damages to a London defence firm it wrongly linked with an alleged chemical weapons plot in Syria.”

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The Guardian, 26th June 2013

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Daily Mail to pay £125,000 libel damages over TV psychic ‘scam’ claim – The Guardian

Posted June 20th, 2013 in damages, defamation, media, news, psychics by sally

“The Daily Mail has apologised and agreed to pay £125,000 in libel damages to a TV psychic it falsely accused of using a hidden earpiece to scam a theatre audience.”

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The Guardian, 20th June 2013

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Defamation on social media – Law Society’s Gazette

“On 24 May Mr Justice Tugendhat handed down the judgment in McAlpine v Bercow [2013] EWHC 1342 (QB), finding that Mrs Bercow’s tweet carried a defamatory meaning. Following the judgment it was announced that Bercow had accepted an earlier settlement offer, saying that ‘today’s ruling should be seen as a warning to all social media users’. Although Twitter litigation is no longer new (the site has been the form of publication in a number of cases, most notably Cairns v Modi [2012] EWHC 756 (QB)), McAlpine is the first to really tackle the peculiar nature of this social media genre and could mark a key moment in social media use.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 17th June 2013

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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