What’s in a day – quite a lot actually!

April 21, 2017

In a recent English Court of Appeal decision Frank Otuo – and – Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Britain [2017] EWCA Civ 316 – a defamation action which related to alleged slanderous words uttered in an announcement made at the Wimbledon Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses on 19 July 2012 – the Court had reason … Continue reading What’s in a day – quite a lot actually!

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New development in the interaction of defamation and data protection claims

April 20, 2017

The English Court of Appeal in HH Prince Moulay Hicham Ben Abdallah Al Alaoui of Morocco – v – Elaph Publishing Limited (2017) EWCA Civ 29 held that a claimant could include an action under the Data Protection Act 1998 (“DPA”) as an alternative means of redress when also suing for defamation.   The decision has … Continue reading New development in the interaction of defamation and data protection claims

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Privacy – High Court Refuses Interim Injunction

March 6, 2017

In ZXC v Bloomberg LP [2017] EWHC 328 (QB) the High Court in England and Wales refused to grant an Interim Injunction pending trial based on a claim of misuse of private information.  The Plaintiff’s claim also required the removal or redaction of an article published on www.bloomberg.com. The article referred to the Plaintiff in … Continue reading Privacy – High Court Refuses Interim Injunction

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Reform of Defamation Law in Northern Ireland – Recommendations to the Department of Finance

August 4, 2016

Back in March 2015 I reported on the production of the Northern Ireland Law Commission (then already in its death throes and now extinct) of a Consultation Paper inviting views on the desirability of reforming defamation law and practice in Northern Ireland. This consultation had been instigated by a request to the Northern Ireland Law … Continue reading Reform of Defamation Law in Northern Ireland – Recommendations to the Department of Finance

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US Claimants win High Court defamation action

April 10, 2015

In the case of The Bussey Law Firm PC and Timothy Raymond Bussey v Jason Paige (aka Jay Paige) [2015] EWHC 563(QB) the High Court in London ordered £50,000 damages after finding a false posting on the Plaintiff’s Google Maps profile was defamatory. The Defendant admitted that the posting of the negative review of the Plaintiff firm … Continue reading US Claimants win High Court defamation action

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Consultation Paper – Defamation Law Northern Ireland

March 8, 2015

On 27 November 2014 the Northern Ireland Law Commission (at a time when its demise had already been announced by the Department of Justice) produced a Consultation Paper inviting views on the desirability of reforming defamation law and practice in Northern Ireland. The statutory 12 week period for submissions closed on 20 February 2015 and hopefully something good, … Continue reading Consultation Paper – Defamation Law Northern Ireland

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Norwich Pharmacal Orders

November 22, 2014

Have you or your business been defamed or harassed online by an anonymous poster or are you concerned that you may be? If so, how do you identify the anonymous poster to allow you to commence legal proceedings to ultimately seek redress. The answer is a Norwich Pharmacal Order. A Norwich Pharmacal Order will allow for the … Continue reading Norwich Pharmacal Orders

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The Defence of Absolute Privilege

July 7, 2014

Absolute Privilege is one of the defences available which can be used to defeat an action for defamation of character. There are certain ingredients required in order to found a defamation action. These are:- 1. Publication by the Defendant, to a third party; 2. Of one or more defamatory statements; 3. Which will have been understood … Continue reading The Defence of Absolute Privilege

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TWITTERING LIBEL

June 8, 2013

There has been quite a bit of media coverage lately about the ramblings of users on Twitter, and social media blogs in general, and their potential impact outside cyberspace. It is important to remember that users of social media websites, including Twitter, are not immune from legal action on foot of a defamatory post or tweet and are … Continue reading TWITTERING LIBEL

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