Defamation and libel

By PA Media Lawyer 24 March 8:43
Helal Uddin Abbas sued Mohamed Yousuf Shah, editor of the London Bangla newspaper, over material which appeared in the issue dated 15-21 October 2010.
By Dominic Ponsford 17 March 13:56
The Sunday Times filmed Tory co-Treasurer Peter Cruddas admitting that a foreign company could gain access to David Cameron and influence Government policy if it paid the party £250,000 a year.
By Dominic Ponsford 17 March 11:51
A £180,000 libel damages award to former Conservative Party co-treasurer Peter Cruddas has been reduced to £50,000 by the Court of Appeal.
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.

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