Government proposes slashing libel lawyers’ success fees – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 21st, 2010 in costs, defamation, fees, news by sally

“The Government plans to slash the success fees that no-win no-fee lawyers can claim in libel cases. The proposed action is part of the Ministry of Justice’s reform of libel law.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 21st January 2010

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Straw proposes reducing success fees in defamation cases – Ministry of Justice

Posted January 20th, 2010 in costs, defamation, fees, Ministry of Justice, press releases by sally

“Success fees that lawyers can charge for winning defamation cases in no-win, no-fee agreements should be reduced from 100% to 10%, Justice Secretary Jack Straw announced today.”

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Ministry of Justice, 19th January 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Libel lawyers’ ‘success fees’ to be cut by 90% to aid investigative journalism – The Guardian

Posted January 20th, 2010 in costs, defamation, fees, media, news by sally

“Lawyers who sue the media will see their fees cut by 90% under plans set out by the government today to bring down the cost of libel actions.”

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The Guardian, 20th January 2010

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Peaches Geldof wins damages over prostitute claims – BBC News

Posted January 12th, 2010 in damages, defamation, media, news by sally

“Peaches Geldof, daughter of Bob Geldof, has accepted substantial, undisclosed libel damages over a newspaper claim that she had worked as a prostitute.”

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BBC News, 12th January 2010

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UK libel law has gagged me, says leading Danish radiologist – The Guardian

Posted December 18th, 2009 in defamation, news by sally

“A leading medical scientist is refusing to speak in England about findings from his work because he fears being sued for libel. Henrik Thomsen, a Danish radiologist, has said the health of patients in England is being put at serious risk because he and other scientists are prevented from sharing their knowledge, due to what they see as an increasingly draconian atmosphere in London’s libel courts.”

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The Guardian, 2oth December 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Decision on Trafigura’s BBC libel case due today – The Guardian

Posted December 17th, 2009 in defamation, news by sally

“A resolution is expected in the high court today of the libel action brought against the BBC by British-based oil traders Trafigura. A hearing is scheduled before Mr Justice Eady this morning.”

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The Guardian, 17th December 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Barry George in newspaper payout over Dando claims – BBC News

Posted December 16th, 2009 in compensation, defamation, news by sally

“Barry George has accepted ‘substantial’ damages over claims he was stalking women and articles suggesting he murdered Jill Dando.”

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BBC News, 16th December 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Newspaper thwarts libel claim with E-Commerce Regulations defence – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 8th, 2009 in defamation, internet, news by sally

“A newspaper publisher was not liable for user comments posted after an online article and will not have to pay out libel damages, the High Court has ruled.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 8th December

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Libel law analysis – The Guardian

Posted December 7th, 2009 in defamation, news by sally

“With Mr Justice Eady defending the current state of libel law, its reform is likely to be complex, controversial and some way off.”

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The Guardian, 7th December 2009

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Surge in ‘libel tourism’ brings 11% rise in cases – The Guardian

Posted November 23rd, 2009 in defamation, news by sally

“The number of defamation cases that reached the high court surged by 11% in 2008 to a four-year high, as foreign claimants took advantage of the UK’s tougher laws to seek ‘libel tourism’ awards from publishers.”

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The Guardian, 20th November 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

QC’s view: ‘Media must fight harder for its freedom’ – The Guardian

Posted November 11th, 2009 in defamation, freedom of expression, media, news by sally

“‘We do not have free speech in Britain, we have expensive speech … Defending a libel action in Britain is vastly more expensive than in any other European country – lawyers will rack up a million pounds in fees for a short trial and our cash-strapped media is increasingly choosing to settle rather than to fight for its freedom – which, after all, is its reader’s freedom to receive information.'”

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The Guardian, 10th November 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Call to reform ‘repressive’ English libel laws – The Guardian

Posted November 11th, 2009 in defamation, freedom of expression, news by sally

“Intimidating and out-of-date laws are silencing free speech and scientific inquiry, a report claims, amid increasing controversy over England’s status as ‘the libel capital of the world’.”

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The Guardian, 10th November 2009

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Libel law reform campaigners seek £10,000 damages cap – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 11th, 2009 in damages, defamation, freedom of expression, news by sally

“English libel law imposes disproportionate restrictions on free speech, according to an independent report that recommends 10 changes to the laws. The Ministry of Justice said today that it will launch a consultation on defamation and the internet.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th November 2009

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Libel and the cult of the forbidden – The Guardian

Posted November 11th, 2009 in defamation, freedom of expression, news by sally

“English libel law is as real a threat to free inquiry as the repressive zeal of anti-terrorism policy.”

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The Guardian, 10th November 2009

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Andre wins libel damages from Now – BBC News

Posted November 10th, 2009 in damages, defamation, news by sally

“Peter Andre has accepted ‘substantial’ damages in London’s High Court over claims he was lying when he portrayed himself as a loving father and husband.”

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BBC News, 10th November 2009

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Foreign media count cost of UK libel laws – The Guardian

Posted November 9th, 2009 in defamation, news by sally

“Britain’s reputation for ‘libel tourism’ is driving American and foreign publishers to consider abandoning the sale of newspaper and magazines in Britain and may lead to them blocking access to websites, MPs have been warned.”

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The Guardian, 9th November 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Kate Winslet to get libel damages – BBC News

Posted November 3rd, 2009 in defamation, news by sally

“Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet has accepted £25,000 libel damages over a claim made by the Daily Mail that she lied about her exercise regime.”

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BBC News, 3rd November 2009

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Libel tourists flock to ‘easy’ UK courts – The Sunday Times

Posted November 2nd, 2009 in defamation, news by sally

“An Icelandic professor has emerged as the latest victim of ‘libel tourism’ in Britain after he was sued in the High Court by a wealthy compatriot for a posting on a website based in Iceland.”

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The Sunday Times, 1st November 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

MP wins damages from McBride – The Independent

Posted October 30th, 2009 in damages, defamation, news by sally

“A Tory MP has received damages from one of Gordon Brown’s former spin doctors after he targeted her as part of the ‘smear emails’ scandal.”

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The Independent, 30th October 2009

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House of Lords to back libel law changes – The Guardian

Posted October 26th, 2009 in defamation, freedom of expression, news by sally

“Freedom of speech campaigners are claiming victory as the House of Lords is expected to back changes removing ‘anachronistic’ laws which have criminalised libel for more than 700 years.”

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The Guardian, 25th October 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk