Daily Mail publisher ordered to pay libel damages to Earl Spencer over report he was ‘heartless’ to Diana – The Independent

Posted June 29th, 2018 in damages, defamation, media, news, royal family by tracey

‘Associated Newspapers, the publisher of the Daily Mail, has paid libel damages to the brother of Princess Diana over a claim he acted in a heartless and callous way towards her following the collapse of her marriage to Prince Charles.’

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The Independent, 28th June 2018

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Defamation claims on the rise in London – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 28th, 2018 in defamation, media, news, statistics by sally

‘The growing use of social media could be a factor behind the 39% rise in the number of defamation claims brought before the courts in London that has been recorded, a media law expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 27th June 2018

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‘Shameless’ headlines on benefits family not defamatory – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 1st, 2018 in data protection, defamation, equality, malicious falsehood, media, news by sally

‘Forthright tabloid press coverage of an immigrant family’s decision to turn down an offer of a five-bedroom local authority house as too cramped for eight children was not defamatory, the presiding judge of the Media and Communications Bench ruled. However Mr Justice Warby allowed a complaint about readers’ comments to go ahead on the grounds of harassment.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 29th May 2018

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Daily Mail to pay Kate Maltby £11,000 costs over negative article – The Guardian

Posted May 24th, 2018 in compensation, costs, defamation, harassment, media, news by tracey

‘The Daily Mail has agreed to pay £11,000 towards legal costs and remove a negative article about Kate Maltby, the writer who accused Damian Green of inappropriate behaviour.’

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The Guardian, 23rd May 2018

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Martin Lewis sues Facebook over fake adverts with his name – The Guardian

Posted April 23rd, 2018 in advertising, defamation, internet, news by tracey

‘Martin Lewis, the consumer advice and money-saving expert, is suing Facebook for defamation after it published dozens of fake adverts featuring his face and name.’

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The Guardian, 23rd April 2018

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Boxing promoter Warren loses twin challenges to CFAs – Litigation Futures

Posted March 28th, 2018 in contracts, costs, defamation, fees, news, solicitors by tracey

‘Boxing promoter Frank Warren has failed in his effort to avoid paying his solicitors under conditional fee agreements (CFAs) where he did not receive any damages or costs despite winning his case.’

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Litigation Futures, 28th March 2018

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UKIP ordered to pay Labour MPs £175,000 in damages – BBC News

Posted March 20th, 2018 in costs, damages, defamation, news, political parties by sally

‘UKIP has been ordered to pay £175,000 in legal costs over a defamation case brought by three South Yorkshire Labour MPs.’

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BBC News, 19th March 2018

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Costs budgeting expected to feature in media case preliminaries – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 1st, 2018 in budgets, case management, defamation, media, news by sally

‘Parties in defamation cases seeking hearings of preliminary issues can expect more active case management by courts, including requirements to set out their anticipated legal costs, a media law expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 28th February 2018

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High Court makes third-party costs order against UKIP for blocking settlement of libel claim – Litigation Futures

Posted February 20th, 2018 in costs, defamation, enforcement, news, political parties, third parties by sally

‘The High Court has made a third-party costs order against UKIP, after the party took a “political” decision to block the settlement of a libel claim against one of its MEPs.’

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Litigation Futures, 20th February 2018

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Standup comedian’s husband sues for defamation over ‘provocative’ show – The Guardian

‘An award-winning standup comedian is being sued by her estranged husband for allegedly defaming him in her show.’

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The Guardian, 19th February 2018

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Jane Collins defamation case: UKIP delayed case – BBC News

Posted February 16th, 2018 in defamation, delay, news, political parties by sally

‘UKIP “deliberately delayed” settlement of a libel case for “political advantage” ahead of the 2015 general election, the High Court has ruled.’

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BBC News, 15th February 2018

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A brief history of libel – OUP Blog

Posted January 17th, 2018 in defamation, news by sally

‘At a Cambridge court hearing in 1584, Margery Johnson reported that she heard Thomas Wylkinson refer to “the said Jane Johnson thus ‘A pox of God on thee, bitch fox whore, that ever I knew thee”. If Wylkinson indeed called down such a curse on Jane, he was guilty not of libel, but of slander, a verbal attack on another person.’

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OUP Blog, 16th January 2018

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Media Litigation: a new approach – Transparency Project

Posted December 4th, 2017 in consultations, defamation, judges, media, news, privacy, statistics by sally

‘Earlier this year Mr Justice Warby was appointed to the newly created role of Judge in Charge of the Media and Communications List. We look at what this means in practice and how it will affect the future management of High Court media claims.’

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Transparency Project, 4th December 2017

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Mail Online to pay damages to teacher over Katie Hopkins column – The Guardian

Posted November 29th, 2017 in damages, defamation, media, news by sally

‘Mail Online, the sister website of the Daily Mail, has apologised and agreed to pay “substantial damages” to a teacher whom the columnist Katie Hopkins falsely accused of taking her class to a Donald Trump protest in Westminster.’

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The Guardian, 28th November 2017

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Why so many sexual harassment cases in US, not UK? – BBC News

‘There are huge differences between UK and US media law – does this explain why more Americans are being accused of sexual harassment?’

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BBC News, 22nd November 2017

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Nigel Farage withdraws ‘violent means’ claim against Hope Not Hate – The Guardian

Posted November 15th, 2017 in defamation, news, political parties by tracey

‘Nigel Farage has formally withdrawn his claim that Hope Not Hate pursues “violent and undemocratic means” after it launched a crowdfunded libel case against the former Ukip leader.’

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The Guardian, 14th November 2017

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High Court issues costs penalties for claimants’ conduct in settling claim – Litigation Futures

Posted November 10th, 2017 in costs, defamation, delay, news, part 36 offers, penalties by tracey

‘A corporate claimant that accepted a part 36 offer late should not get its costs up to the point where the offer expired because its conduct meant the usual rule should not apply, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 9th November 2017

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Solicitor awarded £70,000 damages for “very serious libel” – Legal Futures

Posted November 2nd, 2017 in damages, defamation, incitement, news, perjury, solicitors by tracey

‘A solicitor has been awarded £70,000 in libel damages after he was accused by a newspaper of incitement to commit perjury.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd November 2017

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Podcast on the Lachaux decision – 5RB

Posted October 20th, 2017 in confidentiality, defamation, media, news, privilege by sally

‘On Tuesday 10th October, 5RB held a panel discussion to review the recent Court of Appeal decision in Lachaux v Independent Print Ltd, Evening Standard Ltd, AOL (UK) Ltd. and its ramifications for the serious harm threshold.’

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5RB, 19th October 2017

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Appeal court throws out libel claim over CPS press release – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Lay readers understand the special meaning of words used by lawyers, the Court of Appeal has said, dismissing a libel claim over a Crown Prosecution Service press release.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 18th October 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk