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

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

‘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

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Paul Gascoigne launches libel action against Daily Star – The Guardian

Posted June 14th, 2013 in defamation, media, news, privacy by sally

“Paul Gascoigne has launched a six-figure legal claim against the Daily Star over a leaked mobile phone video allegedly stolen from his flat.”

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The Guardian, 14th June 2013

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Carmarthenshire blogger told to pay £230,000 legal costs – BBC News

Posted June 6th, 2013 in appeals, costs, damages, defamation, harassment, local government, news by sally

“A Carmarthenshire blogger fears losing her home after being told to pay a £230,000 legal bill for a failed bid to sue a council chief executive.”

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BBC News, 5th June 2013

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High Court: Sally Bercow’s Lord McAlpine tweet was libel – BBC News

Posted May 24th, 2013 in defamation, internet, news, publishing by tracey

“A tweet published by Sally Bercow about Tory peer Lord McAlpine was libellous, the High Court has ruled.”

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BBC News, 24th May 2013

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Met Police pay libel damages to riots ‘Good Samaritan’ – BBC News

Posted May 3rd, 2013 in complaints, damages, defamation, news, police, public order by tracey

“The Metropolitan Police is to pay substantial damages to a man who was wrongly
pictured in ‘wanted’ posters following the London riots in 2011.”

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BBC News, 3rd May 2013

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Defamation Act becomes law, establishes new statutory defences against libel – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 30th, 2013 in bills, defamation, defences, legislation, news, public interest by sally

“Changes to libel laws in England and Wales have been implemented after the Defamation Bill received Royal Assent late last week.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 29th April 2013

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Defamation Act 2013 – legislation.gov.uk

Posted April 26th, 2013 in defamation, legislation by tracey

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Defamation Act reforms libel law – Ministry of Justice

Posted April 26th, 2013 in bills, defamation, freedom of expression, legislation, press releases by tracey

“Large scale reforms to the law governing cases of defamation have today become law as the Defamation Bill gains Royal Assent.”

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Ministry of Justice, 25th April 2013

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Lords pass defamation bill – The Guardian

Posted April 24th, 2013 in bills, defamation, news by sally

“Laws that led to London being dubbed ‘the libel capital of the world’ will be reformed after peers in the Lords voted to pass the defamation bill, ending a three-year campaign led by Liberal Democrat peers Lord McNally and Lord Lester.”

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The Guardian, 23rd April 2013

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Rochdale care homes to sue council leader for suggesting children not safe after grooming scandal – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 23rd, 2013 in care homes, children, defamation, local government, news by sally

“Two private care home operators are attempting to sue the leader of the council at the centre of the Rochdale child grooming scandal for libel after he suggested vulnerable children would not be safe in the area.”

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd April 2013

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Government U-turn on defamation bill heralds libel reform victory – The Guardian

Posted April 23rd, 2013 in bills, defamation, news, whistleblowers by sally

“A three-year campaign to reform Britain’s ‘chilling’ libel laws is days away from victory after the government did a U-turn on a key proposal which would prevent companies using defamation laws to silence their critics.”

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The Guardian, 22nd April 2013

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Court awards anonymity for victim of libellous “paedophile” allegations – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted April 22nd, 2013 in blackmail, child abuse, compensation, damages, defamation, fraud, internet, news, victims by sally

“The permanent damage that internet publications can inflict is very much the focus of Tugendhat J’s assessment of damages in this case, encapsulated in the memorable description he quoted in an earlier judgment: ‘what is to be found on the internet may become like a tattoo’.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 21st April 2013

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Lesley Kemp faces libel suit over Twitter comments – BBC News

Posted April 22nd, 2013 in defamation, fees, internet, legal representation, news by sally

“A woman who complained about an unpaid £146 invoice is facing a libel battle that could cost her more than £100,000.”

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BBC News, 19th April 2013

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Civil Justice Council (CJC) group reports on defamation costs – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted April 19th, 2013 in Civil Justice Council, costs, defamation, press releases, reports by tracey

“A Civil Justice Council (CJC) Working Group today publishes its report on the case and options for costs protection in defamation and privacy proceedings.”

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 18th April 2013

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Lord McAlpine wins first round in hearing for Twitter libel case – The Guardian

Posted April 16th, 2013 in defamation, news, trials by sally

“Lord McAlpine has won the first stage of his libel battle against Sally Bercow, the Commons speaker’s wife, after a high court judge ruled that the trial should be split into two stages.”

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The Guardian, 16th April 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk