Defamation and libel

By William Turvill 14 July 12:54
A man who won £70,000 libel damages from The Sun after the paper accused him of being a paedophile has been jailed for life – for being a paedophile.
By William Turvill 09 July 17:08
The Mail reported on 5 April that Tom Clarke, Labour MP for Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill, was involved in the decision to reduce the amount of expenses that former culture secretary Maria Miller should repay.
Andrew Caldecott QC addressing Press Gazette's Defamation 2014 conference
By Dominic Ponsford 07 July 15:12
Press Gazette’s Defamation 2014 conference last month provided a great primer on what the new Defamation Act means for journalists.
By Dominic Ponsford 27 June 13:15
One of the key architects of libel reform, Lord Lester, has said the press self regulator the Independent Press Standards Organisation time to work.
By PA Media Lawyer 23 May 9:51
Many journalists may have failed to understand the extent to which the Bribery Act 2010 could affect their activities, the head of the BBC's editorial legal group told a conference.
By William Turvill and Press Association 15 May 9:00
Dr Atef Halim Wissa was claiming £15,000 for an article alleging that he was one of three doctors who had not realised a patient, who later died, had a "tumour the size of a tennis ball".
By Dominic Ponsford 12 May 16:16
The Guardian has declined a request from the Australian Press Council to remove references to specific drugs in a report about a botched US execution.
By William Turvill 12 May 9:33
Yesterday's front page reported that Barclays called in a £4.2m loan from Hunt when a manager read reports of his libel case against the paper last year. It centred around a Sunday Times article in which he was named as a “crime boss seeking to cash in on the sale of derelict land around the Olympic Park”.
By Dominic Ponsford 12 May 9:12
The Daily Mail has agreed to pay damages and legal costs to the wife of UKIP leader Nigel Farage after wrongly reporting that he began his relationship with her whilst still with his first wife.
Russell Brand (Reuters)
By Dominic Ponsford 08 May 11:11

The Sun today apologised in open court and agreed to pay comedian Russell Brand “substantial damages” over a story claiming he had “cheated” on girlfriend Jemima Khan.

By Dominic Ponsford 07 May 13:44
The High Court has thrown out a libel claim brought by campaigner Fiyaz Mughal OBE over a Daily Telegraph comment piece which he said branded him a Muslim extremist.
JK Rowling (Credit: Daniel Ogren Creative Commons)
By Dominic Ponsford 07 May 9:12
The Daily Mail has agreed to pay substantial damages to Harry Potter author JK Rowling over a story which said she gave a misleading “sob story” about being taunted by churchgoers.
By William Turvill 02 May 11:13
Last month, Gavin Millar QC admitted in the High Court that a front page story from November 2012, which featured an interview with Simpson's partner, was defamatory of him.
By Press Gazette 01 May 13:48
One of the main architects of libel reform Lord Lester of Herne Hill has agreed to deliver a keynote address at Press Gazette’s Defamation 2014 conference on 19 June.
Andrew Mitchell (Reuters)
By Dominic Ponsford 28 April 10:31
The police officer at the centre of the Plebgate row has filed a legal claim for up to £200,000 in damages from MP Andrew Mitchell.
Danny Simpson (Reuters)
By William Turvill 24 April 9:14
Press Gazette revealed last week that The Sun was fighting the defamation claims against Contostavlos over a front-page story in the High Court.
By Dominic Ponsford 22 April 9:02
The police have paid damages to a man wrongly identified as a rapist by both the Oxford Mail and the BBC website.
By William Turvill 19 April 9:46
Press Gazette revealed in January that the comedian had launched legal action after The Sun on Sunday carried a front page story saying Brand had cheated on girlfriend Jemima Khan with a glamour model.
By Press Association and Press Gazette 16 April 11:49
Sitting in the Court of Appeal, Lord Justice Maurice Kay and Lord Justice Laws gave Jonathan Calvert and Heidi Blake permission to appeal Mr Justice Tugendhat's finding.
JK Rowling by Daniel Ogrin (creative commons)
By Dominic Ponsford 16 April 9:25
The paper admitted liability under the “offer of amends” procedure in the Defamation Act. But it has yet to agree what damages to pay Rowling and it has challenged her right to make a unilateral statement in open court about the matter.

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