Defamation and libel

By PA Mediapoint 04 March 11:53
The police officer at the centre of the notorious Downing Street "Plebgate" incident has accepted £80,000 damages in settlement of his libel action against former chief whip Andrew Mitchell.
By William Turvill 24 February 9:05
A former Conservative local council candidate has taken the United Kingdom to the European Court of Human Rights after he was blocked from suing Google over defamatory claims made on a blog.
By William Turvill 12 February 9:32
His Highness Prince Moulay Hicham Ben Addallah Al Alaoui of Morocco – known as Moulay Hicham (pictured, Reuters) – is claiming damages from Elaph over an October 2014 story.
By Nigel Tait and Isabella Piasecka 11 February 8:57
The non-denial denial has long been famous as a cringingly bad attempt to avoid blame (or telling the truth), where over-qualification either weakens the denial, or kills it completely. “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky,” or “We have no plans [before the election] to introduce tuition fees.”
By PA Media Lawyer 06 February 9:15
Sir Gerry Loughran sued the newspaper's publisher over its coverage of a Public Account Committee report that criticised a company set up to provide a cutting-edge building for new biotech firms.
By William Turvill 04 February 10:06
Former News of the World news editor James Weatherup has won damages from The Guardian over an extract of Nick Davies's book, Hack Attack.
By William Turvill 23 January 9:35
Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne is suing Express Newspapers again after winning damages from publisher less than a year ago.
By PA Media Lawyer 22 January 9:47
Associated Newspapers does not dispute that Rowling is entitled to such a move - where the claimant alone makes a statement - but objects to a number of terms in the proposed draft.
By William Turvill 13 January 9:37
Andrew Coole and Gemma Coole, the owners and directors of A Coole Electrical, sued the broadcaster in London’s High Court for £100,000.
By Hardeep Singh 05 January 15:47
Picture: Pandit Dr Raj Sharma (circled), courtesy of NCHT UK http://www.nchtuk.org/
By Cleland Thom 05 January 10:03
The new Defamation Act makes it harder for individuals to sue media organisations. But editors shouldn’t be complacent.
By Press Gazette 18 December 10:52
The Court of Appeal has rejected a bid by The Times to overturn an award of £60,000 in damages given to a police officer it said was investigated over corruption.
By PA Medialawyer and Press Gazette 08 December 8:45
Sabby Mionis settled a previous libel claim against Demokratia with a confidential deal under which the newspaper promised not to publishing referring to him or his immediate family.
By William Turvill 05 December 8:32
The newspaper today publishes a YouGov poll showing that 68 per cent of the public believe Brand is a hypocrite, and 64 per cent think he’s not funny.
By William Turvill 03 December 12:06
The newspaper reports today that despite campaigning against "sky-high rents and tax dodgers" the comedian "is paying a tax-avoiding landlord £76,200 a year for a luxury home".
By Dominic Ponsford 02 December 11:36
The Daily Express has apologised to Carr senior for a piece by Vanessa Feltz headlined: "Jimmy Carr's dad has a lot to answer for".
By Axegrinder 28 November 8:37
The Sun's editorial today spoke of "pride" after Andrew Mitchell lost his Plebgate libel case against the newspaper yesterday. But not all staff appear to be toeing the same line.
By Press Gazette 27 November 15:29
Former Government chief whip Andrew Mitchell has lost his High Court libel action against The Sun over the "Plebgate" incident.
By PA Media Lawyer 27 November 9:54
The story headlined "MMR families sue their legal aid lawyers" reported on 26 June that Hodge Jones and Allen LLP was being sued by Matthew McCafferty, the High Court was told.
By Cleland Thom 26 November 12:52
The first libel case under the new Defamation Act has put one important issue beyond doubt: libel juries are likely to be a thing of the past.

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