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‘Nigel Farage has formally withdrawn his claim that Hope Not Hate pursues “violent and undemocratic means” after it launched a crowdfunded libel case against the former Ukip leader.’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

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UK courts did not breach man’s right to reputation when dismissing his defamation claims, rules human rights court – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 17th, 2017 in defamation, human rights, internet, news, publishing by tracey

‘Courts in the UK did not breach their obligation to protect a budding politician’s right to respect for his reputation when it dismissed his claim for allegedly defamatory comments published about him online, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 17th October 2017

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High court rejects challenge to status of UK press regulator – The Guardian

Posted October 13th, 2017 in defamation, media, news, privacy by tracey

‘The UK’s officially recognised press regulator, Impress, has fought off a high court challenge over its status. The News Media Association (NMA), which represents publishers, said the Press Recognition Panel (PRP), which was set up under a royal charter after the Leveson inquiry, should not have given Impress formal approval a year ago.’

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the Guardian, 12th October 2017

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‘Serious harm’ appeals dismissed – 5RB

Posted October 3rd, 2017 in appeals, defamation, news by sally

The case represents the first opportunity that the Court of Appeal has had to consider the meaning and effect of s.1(1) of the Defamation Act 2013. The judgment addresses this matter as well as a number of related issues of practice and procedure. By its judgment, the Court dismisses the defendants’ appeals, ruling in favour of the claimant on the facts and the law.

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5RB, 12th September 2017

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Restrictions on media communications in the interests of truth or privacy – 5RB

Posted October 3rd, 2017 in defamation, media, news, privacy by sally

‘This paper challenges the bad image that has been gained by the United Kingdom law of defamation and explains why I do not consider that that image is fair or warranted.’

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5RB, 14th September 2017

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Court of Appeal clarifies ‘serious harm’ test under defamation laws – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 14th, 2017 in appeals, defamation, media, news by tracey

‘A new ruling by the Court of Appeal has confirmed that it will not be as challenging for people to bring defamation claims before the courts in England and Wales under new defamation laws as many media organisations may have hoped, a specialist in media litigation has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th September 2017

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Landmark appeal judgment dents libel threshold hopes – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A Court of Appeal ruling has dealt a blow to hopes that the 2013 Defamation Act would raise the bar to libel actions in England and Wales courts. In Bruno Lachaux v Independent Print Limited and Evening Standard Limited, and Bruno Lachaux v AOL (UK) Limited, the court dismissed an appeal by publishers against a High Court finding that a French national living in Dubai had been caused “serious harm” by the publication of allegations by his former wife.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 12th September 2017

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Subletting and defamation – a novel approach – Nearly Legal

Posted August 4th, 2017 in defamation, injunctions, landlord & tenant, news by sally

‘There is a queue of significant and serious cases waiting to be written up. For time and personal reasons, this may not happen for a while. Instead, here is an insignificant case of no wider importance, but possibly some entertainment value.’

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Nearly Legal, 3rd August 2017

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The Sun to pay ‘substantial damages’ to ex EastEnders boss – BBC News

Posted August 4th, 2017 in damages, defamation, media, news by sally

‘The Sun newspaper is to pay “substantial damages” to former EastEnders boss Sean O’Connor, after wrongly accusing him of bullying.’

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BBC News, 4th August 2017

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Millwall owner gets apology and £45,000 from Steve Norris over defamatory tweet – The Guardian

Posted July 20th, 2017 in costs, defamation, news by tracey

‘The former Conservative cabinet minister Steve Norris has agreed to pay £45,000 in costs and issue a public apology to Millwall’s owner, John Berylson, over a comment made by Norris on Twitter.’

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The Guardian, 19th July 2017

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Boost for legal bloggers after High Court throws out libel claim against barrister – Legal Futures

Posted July 17th, 2017 in barristers, defamation, internet, news, privilege, striking out by tracey

‘The growing ranks of legal bloggers commenting on often sensitive court rulings have been given comfort after a libel claim brought against a barrister who wrote about one on his personal website was struck out.’

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Legal Futures, 17th July 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Injunction halts ‘fake news’ campaign against UK businessman – The Guardian

Posted July 10th, 2017 in defamation, injunctions, internet, news, precedent by sally

‘Lawyers have tackled an online “fake news” campaign against a British businessman by serving an injunction against “persons unknown” in what is believed to set a legal precedent.’

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The Guardian, 9th July 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com