Victory for journalist as ‘bent cop’ libel is rejected – The Times

Posted October 12th, 2007 in defamation, news, police by sally

“A journalist who suggested that a former police officer may be corrupt was cleared of libel in the Court of Appeal yesterday.”

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The Times, 12th October 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Magistrate sues over relative’s assault claims – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 11th, 2007 in defamation, news by sally

“A magistrate sued his daughter-in-law for slander and libel over a claim that he assaulted her and his baby grandson.”

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Daily Telegraph, 11th October 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Rail firm’s legal threat to silence passenger watchdog – The Times

Posted August 13th, 2007 in complaints, defamation, news, railways by sally

“Britain’s worst-performing train company tried to silence the official passenger watchdog by threatening to sue it for libel for making a complaint about its poor performance.”

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The Times, 13th August 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Celebrities flock to “more favourable” British courts to sue for libel – The Independent

Posted August 2nd, 2007 in defamation, news by sally

“Hollywood stars are flocking to British courts to bring libel actions. Figures released by Sweet & Maxwell’s legal information service show that 19 libel cases involving celebrities versus newspapers came to court in Britain in the year to May 2007 – three times the number two years ago.”

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The Independent, 2nd August 2007

Source: www.independent.co.uk

‘Terrorist’ defamation cases trebled – The Times

Posted August 1st, 2007 in defamation, news, terrorism by sally

“Terrorist suspects are fuelling a surge in defamation actions against newspapers and broadcasting organisations, according to a survey published today. The number of defamation cases brought by alleged terror suspects has almost trebled in a year, making up almost 13 per cent of reported claims in the year to the end of May.

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The Times, 30th July 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Grovit v. De Netherlandsche Bank NV and others – WLR Daily

Posted July 26th, 2007 in conflict of laws, defamation, jurisdiction, law reports by sally

Grovit v. De Netherlandsche Bank NV and others

“An action for libel against the central bank of the Netherlands was not a civil and commercial matter within the terms of Council Regulation 44/2001/EC (the Judgments Regulation on jurisdiction in civil and commercial matters) so as to permit the action to go ahead in the English courts.”

WLR Daily, 24th July 2007

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.

Google sued over defamatory postings found on web search – The Independent

Posted June 29th, 2007 in defamation, internet, news by sally

“Google, the world’s biggest search engine, is being sued by a London businessman in a landmark legal action that could hold the US-based company liable for the publication of inaccurate, malicious or damaging material on the internet.”

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The Independent, 29th June 2007

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Estate agent accepts libel damages – The Guardian

Posted June 20th, 2007 in defamation, news by sally

“An estate agent has accepted substantial libel damages over newspaper articles that suggested he had been arrested in connection with an alleged terrorist plot to blow up passenger aircraft using ‘liquid bombs’.”

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The Guardian, 20th June 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Buckley v. Dalziel and Another – Times Law Reports

Posted June 7th, 2007 in defamation, law reports, privilege by sally

Complaints to police are privileged

Buckley v. Dalziel and Another

Queen’s Bench Division

“Absolute privilege and immunity from suit were available to a person who provided information to the police to set in motion the process of an inquiry into possible illegality.”

The Times, 7th June 2007

Source: www.thetimesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

A herd of libel actions is fast approaching – The Times

Posted May 23rd, 2007 in defamation, news by sally

“Despite the myths, bloggers are just as vulnerable as conventional publishers to legal action – if not more so.” 

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The Times, 23rd May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

 

Edwards v. Golding – Times Law Reports

Posted May 22nd, 2007 in defamation, law reports by traceydennis

Libel author’s identity irrelevant

Edwards v Golding

Court of Appeal

“In defamation cases a cause of action accrued for limitation purposes even if the claimant was unaware of the identity of the relevant author.”

The Times, 22nd May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Adelson and Another v Associated Newspapers Ltd. – Times Law Reports

Posted May 10th, 2007 in defamation, law reports, limitations by sally

No power to add late libel claim

Adelson and Another v. Associated Newspapers Ltd. 

Queen’s Bench Division

“Where the libel limitation period had expired, there was no jurisdiction to grant an application to amend pleadings by the addition of new claimants.”

The Times, 10th May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Cease-fire in battle of ‘supermums’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 10th, 2007 in defamation, news by sally

“Gina Ford, the controversial childcare guru, yesterday dropped her bitter legal battle against a popular parenting website that mocked her rigorous methods.”

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Daily Telegraph, 10th May 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

How pruning dispute grew into an £80,000 legal bill – The Times

Posted May 4th, 2007 in defamation, news by sally

“A woman who sued her neighbours for libel and slander after they told police that she had pruned their trees without permission has paid a high price for her action.”

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The Times, 4th May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Top fertility doctor in £1m BBC libel fight – The Sunday Times

Posted April 30th, 2007 in defamation, news by sally

“PANORAMA, the BBC’s flagship current affairs show, faces being sued for more than £1m by Britain’s richest doctor after a “biased and irresponsible” undercover investigation into his fertility clinics.”

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The Sunday Times, 29th April 2007

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Sunday Times protected by Parliamentary privilege, says High Court – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 27th, 2007 in defamation, news, parliamentary privilege by sally

“The Sunday Times did not libel a man accused of ‘association with the IRA’s dirty money’ in an investigation into his business interests, the High Court ruled on Wednesday.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 27th April 2007

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Dead? That’s no reason not to sue for libel – Sunday Times

Posted April 23rd, 2007 in defamation, news by sally

“Speaking ill of the dead could become a lot more expensive. The government is to consider extending the laws of defamation so that even the deceased – or at least their representatives – can sue for libel.”

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Sunday Times, 22nd April 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Snookered by fair comment – The Times

Posted April 17th, 2007 in defamation, dispute resolution by sally

“Alternative dispute resolution – sorting out libel actions without the crushing costs of High Court litigation – was given a new lease of life last month when Peter Ebdon, the former world snooker champion, arbitrated his libel action against The Times. It was the first time a case involving a defence of fair comment went to binding arbitration.”

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The Times, 17th April 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Edwards v. Golding and others – WLR Daily

Posted April 5th, 2007 in defamation, law reports by sally

Edwards v. Golding and others [2007] WLR (D) 88

“In defamation cases knowledge of the identity of the tortfeasor was not an integral element required before a cause of action could be said to have accrued for the purposes of limitation.”

WLR Daily, 4th April 2007

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.

Lady Falkender wins BBC drama damages – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 4th, 2007 in defamation, news by sally

“The BBC is to pay Lady Falkender £75,000 in damages over a drama documentary claiming she conducted an adulterous affair with Harold Wilson and exercised undue influence over the compilation of his resignation honours list.”

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Daily Telegraph, 4th April 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk