Injunction and damages in libel case awarded against anonymous website – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted September 18th, 2015 in damages, defamation, injunctions, internet, news by tracey

‘Brett Wilson LLP v Person(s) Unknown, Responsible for the Operation of the Website, 7 September (Warby J) [2015] EWHC 2628 (QB). This was a claim in libel by a firm of solicitors who acted for another firm which also claimed against the operators of SFHUK, causing the original site to be shut down (Law Society v Rick Kordowski [2011]). In this case the words complained of appeared on a new site, but despite efforts by the present claimants, it was not possible to find out who was operating it. The site alleged various aspects of mismanagement, including incompetence and fraud. It also quoted a client of the claimant firm who alleged overcharging and who refused to pay their fees. (It is worth noting that the site appears to have been taken down since default judgement was given in this case).’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 17th September 2015