Law of confidence can trump libel law, rules High Court – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 22nd, 2009 in confidentiality, defamation, news, privacy by sally

“The High Court has upheld a famous person’s rights under the law of confidence over someone else’s right to reveal his activity with a prostitute under defamation law. The Court has granted an interim injunction which will keep the man’s identity a secret.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 22nd October 2009

Source: www.out-law.com

How our senior libel judge stamps on free speech – all over the world – The Guardian

Posted October 20th, 2009 in defamation, freedom of expression, injunctions, judges, news by sally

“Mr Justice Eady’s rulings amplify the democratic world’s most illiberal laws – enabled by 12 years of utterly feeble leadership.”

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The Guardian, 19th October 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Newspaper archives can lose libel protection as stories change, rules High Court – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 20th, 2009 in archives, defamation, media, news by sally

“A newspaper which continued to publish a defamatory article on its website after its subject was cleared in an investigation lost its right to claim a special journalistic defence against libel, the High Court has said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 19th October 2009

Source: www.out-law.com

Science writer Simon Singh wins ruling in chiropractic libel battle – The Guardian

Posted October 15th, 2009 in appeals, defamation, freedom of expression, news by sally

“A science writer who is being sued for libel by the British Chiropractic Association is to fight on after a preliminary judgment against him was overturned on appeal today.”

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The Guardian, 14th October 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Gazza’s ex in libel damages win – BBC News

Posted October 12th, 2009 in damages, defamation, news by sally

“The former wife of Paul Gascoigne has accepted undisclosed libel damages over a claim her financial demands caused his relapse into alcoholism.”

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BBC News, 9th October 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Government plans to curb costs in defamation proceedings – Ministry of Justice

Posted September 25th, 2009 in defamation, fees, news by sally

“Steps to tackle excessive legal fees in defamation proceedings were announced today by Justice Secretary, Jack Straw.”

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Ministry of Justice, 24th September 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

McCann lawyers seek site removal – BBC News

Posted September 21st, 2009 in defamation, internet, news by sally

“Lawyers for the parents of missing toddler Madeleine McCann have demanded the removal of a website which claims their daughter is dead.”

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BBC News, 19th September 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Government may shield websites from libel claims with ‘single publication’ rule – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 17th, 2009 in defamation, internet, news by sally

“The Government could scrap a part of defamation law that makes newspapers liable many times for material in a single article. The Government may prevent people suing every time a web page ‘publishes’ an article.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 17th September 2009

Source: www.out-law.com

Plan to update libel law for web – BBC News

Posted September 17th, 2009 in defamation, internet, news by sally

“Proposals to overhaul the libel laws and update them for the internet age have been revealed by the government.”

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BBC News, 16th September 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Defamation on the internet: Ministry of Justice seeks your views – Ministry of Justice

Posted September 16th, 2009 in defamation, internet, news by sally

“A debate on aspects of defamation law, and how it works in the internet age, was launched today by the Ministry of Justice.”

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Ministry of Justice, 16th September 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

UK lawyer threatens Facebook, mulls action against ISPs to block defamation – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 15th, 2009 in defamation, internet, news by sally

“The lawyer who has threatened Facebook with a defamation suit on behalf of boxing promoter Frank Warren has said that he may take action against internet service providers (ISPs) for US-published defamation.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 15th September 2009

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Amir Khan and Frank Warren launch legal bid to force Facebook to remove ‘racist’ content – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 10th, 2009 in defamation, internet, news, racism by sally

“British boxing champion Amir Khan and his promoter, Frank Warren, have launched a legal campaign to force Facebook to tackle ‘highly defamatory’ or abusive postings.”

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Daily Telegraph, 10th September 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Desmond v Bower – Times Law Reports

Posted August 4th, 2009 in defamation, evidence, law reports by sally

Desmond v Bower

Court of Appeal

“A defendant who wished to call similar-fact evidence to justify an alleged libel was entitled to do so even though the evidence related to events after the libel was published.”

The Times, 4th August 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Metropolitan International Schools Ltd v Designtechnica Corporation and Others – Times Law Reports

Posted August 3rd, 2009 in defamation, internet, law reports, service out of jurisdiction by sally

Metropolitan International Schools Ltd v Designtechnica Corporation and Others

Queen’s Bench Division

“An internet search engine was not a publisher at common law.”

The Times, 3rd August 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Peter Andre wins libel payout from the People newspaper – The Guardian

Posted July 31st, 2009 in damages, defamation, news by sally

“Singer Peter Andre accepts undisclosed but substantial libel damages from the People newspaper.”

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The Guardian, 31st July 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Trade libel lawsuits soar – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 30th, 2009 in defamation, news by sally

“The number of defamation cases brought by businesses has trebled in the past year, according to a legal publisher. The number of defamation cases overall increased by a third in the same period.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 30th July 2009

Source: www.out-law.com

Desmond v Bower – WLR Daily

Posted July 29th, 2009 in defamation, evidence, law reports by sally

Desmond v Bower [2009] EWCA Civ 667; [2009] WLR (D) 258

“The reasoning of the judge refusing the defendant in a libel trial permission to call evidence of discreditable behaviour by the claimant subsequent to the alleged libel was a matter of law in which the appellate court was entitled to intervene. Evidence of discreditable behaviour similar to that described in the alleged libel could be admitted even though the evidence concerned behaviour subsequent to the libel.”

WLR Daily, 28th July 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Richard Desmond loses libel case against Tom Bower – The Guardian

Posted July 24th, 2009 in defamation, news by sally

“High court jury rejects Express owner Richard Desmond’s libel case against author Tom Bower by majority verdict.”

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The Guardian, 24th July 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Google cleared of responsibility for indexing defamatory comments – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 20th, 2009 in defamation, internet, news by sally

“A landmark ruling in the High Court has cleared Google of all responsibility for indexing defamatory comments that appear in blogs, news articles and forums.”

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Daily Telegraph, 20th July 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Child database: danger of malicious reporting – The Independent

Posted July 20th, 2009 in child abuse, defamation, news by sally

“Members of the public are to be given the power to report anyone they suspect of posing a danger to children, under a new Government scheme.”

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The Independent, 18th July 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk