Judge rejects claim couple were ‘ruined’ by Barclays – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 16th, 2013 in banking, contracts, defamation, negligence, news by sally

“A millionaire property developer and his wife who claimed they were brought to complete ruination by a simple banking error have lost their High Court claim for more than £3 million in damages.”

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Daily Telegraph, 15th January 2013

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Council to sue three of its own members in slur row – BBC News

Posted January 11th, 2013 in defamation, electronic mail, local government, news by tracey

“A Conservative-controlled council is to sue three of its own members claiming they have damaged its reputation.”

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BBC News, 11th January 2013

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Transworld cancels Lawrence Wright’s Scientology title – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 9th, 2013 in defamation, news, public interest, publishing by sally

“Lawrence Wright’s UK publishers have dropped his new book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief after taking legal advice.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th January 2013

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Defamation and privacy claimants will not have to pay other side’s costs, Government confirms – OUT- Law.com

Posted December 21st, 2012 in costs, defamation, insurance, news, privacy by tracey

“Members of the public faced with the prospect of bringing a claim for defamation
or breach of privacy against a large media organisation will in the future  be
protected against having to pay the other side’s costs if the case is lost, the
Government has announced.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th December 2012

Source: www.out-law.com

Leveson report: law on libel and the Press Complaints Commission – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted December 18th, 2012 in complaints, defamation, media, news, reports by sally

“It was perhaps timely, following so soon as it did in the wake of the Leveson Report, that an Australian radio station telephoned the private hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated for acute morning sickness, and pretended to be the Queen. Whilst it was amusing that the presenters, who themselves confessed that they thought their accents would give them away, actually managed to obtain any information, it also raises once again the ugly spectre of press control, and what information should be freely available to the press to broadcast to the world, and what should be left strictly in the private domain.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 18th December 2012

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

Lord McAlpine settlement reached with BBC and ITV – BBC News

Posted December 18th, 2012 in BBC, defamation, media, news by sally

“Conservative peer Lord McAlpine has formally settled his libel actions against the BBC and ITV at London’s High Court.”

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BBC News, 18th December 2012

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Sally Bercow facing £50,000 High Court battle over Lord McAlpine tweet – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 14th, 2012 in child abuse, compensation, defamation, internet, news by tracey

“Sally Bercow is being sued for £50,000 by Lord McAlpine after he formally issued
proceedings over an allegedly libellous tweet.”

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Daily Telegraph, 13th December 2012

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Lord McAlpine and the high cost of tweeting gossip – The Guardian

Posted November 27th, 2012 in defamation, internet, media, news, publishing by sally

“The identification of Lord McAlpine on various Twitter accounts, notwithstanding the fact that he was not actually named on BBC’s Newsnight, is yet another example of the unrestrained power of social media in the internet age.”

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The Guardian, 27th November 2012

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Christopher Jefferies: ‘I have had no letter of apology’ – The Guardian

“The retired teacher speaks out about his vilification by the press after his wrongful arrest for the murder of Joanna Yeates.”

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The Guardian, 24th November 2012

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Lord McAlpine in £125,000 settlement over ITV broadcast – BBC News

Posted November 23rd, 2012 in child abuse, compensation, defamation, internet, media by tracey

“Conservative peer Lord McAlpine has reached a £125,000 settlement with ITV and Phillip Schofield. It is in relation to a This Morning programme broadcast in November during which the presenter handed the prime minister a list of names of alleged abusers he had found on the internet.”

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BBC News, 22nd November 2012

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The largest number of defendants in British legal history? Twitter users brace themselves for barrage of lawsuits from Lord McAlpine – The Independent

Posted November 19th, 2012 in communicating false information, defamation, internet, news, prosecutions by sally

“Users of the social networking site Twitter who wrongly linked Tory peer, Lord McAlpine, with the North Wales care home child abuse scandal, are bracing themselves for a barrage of lawsuits.”

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The Independent, 19th November 2012

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Why careless Tweeting could cost a fortune – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 19th, 2012 in communicating false information, damages, defamation, internet, news by sally

“Media lawyer Amber Melville-Brown explains why careless Tweeting of Lord McAlpine’s name could prove expensive for those who publish and repeat libellous remarks.”

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Daily Telegraph, 18th November 2012

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Lord McAlpine case shows need for a public interest defence in libel – The Guardian

Posted November 16th, 2012 in damages, defamation, defences, media, news, public interest by tracey

“The Newsnight scandal shows that the status quo does very little for defamation victims.”

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The Guardian, 16th November 2012

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Lord McAlpine pursues claims over sex abuse slur – The Independent

Posted November 16th, 2012 in child abuse, defamation, media, news, sexual offences by tracey

“Former Conservative politician Lord McAlpine has commenced legal action against a long list of organisations and individuals who wrongly linked him to a paedophile ring after coming to a £185,000 settlement with the BBC.”

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The Independent, 16th November 2012

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Lord McAlpine and libel reform – The Guardian

Posted November 14th, 2012 in bills, defamation, immunity, media, news, public interest by sally

“What the Newsnight debacle can tell us about proposed changes to defamation law.”

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The Guardian, 14th November 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Viewpoint: What dangers may lie ahead for libellous tweeters – BBC News

Posted November 13th, 2012 in defamation, internet, media, news, publishing by sally

“On 2 November, Newsnight broadcast what are now known to be mistaken claims by former care home resident Steve Messham that he had been sexually abused by a prominent 1980s Conservative politician.”

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BBC News, 13th November 2012

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Ignorance is no defence on Twitter and Facebook, warn legal experts – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 6th, 2012 in defamation, defences, internet, malicious communications, news, publishing by sally

“Media lawyers Niri Shan and Lorna Caddy explain why commenting on Twitter and Facebook is no longer the same as a chat down the pub.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th November 2012

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Cairns v Modi; KC v MGN Ltd – WLR Daily

Cairns v Modi; KC v MGN Ltd [2012] EWCA Civ 1382; [2012] WLR (D) 302

“When breaking down the details of an award of damages in a defamation case there was no need to introduce a more analytical reasoning process founded on the three broad bands of compensation for injury to feelings in the context of sex and race discrimination cases.”

WLR Daily, 31st October 2012

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Baby P father’s libel award over rape claim error is cut to £50,000 – The Independent

“The natural father of Baby P who was falsely accused of having been convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl has had a libel award of £75,000 cut to £50,000.”

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The Independent, 31st October 2012

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Lalit Modi loses appeal against £90,000 libel award to Chris Cairns – The Guardian

Posted October 31st, 2012 in appeals, damages, defamation, news, sport by sally

“An appeal against a £90,000 libel award to former New Zealand cricket captain Chris Cairns over an accusation of match-fixing has failed.”

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The Guardian, 31st October 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk