Defamation and libel

By Dominic Ponsford 25 November 15:04
Mr Justice Warby today demolished the libel case brought by former MP Tim Yeo and sided pretty much 100 per cent behind The Sunday Times.
By Dominic Ponsford and PA Mediapoint 25 November 11:10
The reports were prompted by an undercover investigation in which Heidi Blake and Jonathan Calvert, the newspaper's Insight Team, met Yeo for lunch at Nobu restaurant posing as representatives of a Far East solar energy company.
By William Turvill 16 November 16:34
Research found that in the year to 30 June there were 63 reported cases, down from 86 the year before. This represents the lowest number since 2008/09.
By Carolyn Pepper 04 November 11:43
Yesterday may be an important date for press regulation. Or it may be of no significance whatsoever.
By Dominic Ponsford 20 October 14:16
The Government appears to have removed the main stick in its post-Leveson legal settlement which was designed to force publishers to sign up to an official press regulator.
By William Turvill and Press Association 13 October 9:19
The Sunday Times "trashed" the reputation of former Conservative MP Tim Yeo in the last stages of his career, the High Court has been told.
By William Turvill 28 September 9:01

Prime Minister David Cameron has said he is "too busy running the country" to sue over allegations made in Lord Ashcroft's biography of him.

By William Turvill 21 September 14:14
The claim, part of Ashcroft's biography of the Prime Minister, features on the front page of the Daily Mail today.
By William Turvill 10 September 8:31
Ghanema Emwazi made claims against the newspaper groups in London’s High Court in the summer. Defences have not yet been filed.
By Dominic Ponsford 08 September 10:14
Mail Online is suing website Gawker for defamation in the US over a story headlined: “My Year Ripping Off the Web with the Daily Mail Online".
By Dominic Ponsford 19 August 17:55
News agency Central European News has began legal action against Buzzfeed over a 5,000-word story headlined: ‘The King of Bullshit News’.
By Christopher Hutchings 04 August 8:41

The dramatic rise in issued claims for defamation, in particular litigation concerning online publications, might – on the face of the statistics – suggest that the eagerly-anticipated Defamation Act 2013 has already failed in its objective of pro

By Dominic Ponsford 23 July 11:06
The Sunday Times is facing a seven-day libel trial after being sued by former Conservative MP Tim Yeo over its undercover lobbying sting.
By Dominic Ponsford 10 July 11:28
Whistleblowers will be deterred from speaking out to the BBC after the corporation “abandoned” Jimmy Savile abuse source Karin Ward.
By Nigel Tait 09 July 10:47
So, what has contributed to London losing its crown? The so-called “chilling effect”, felt by editors when they feel the icy blast of an incipient libel action, has been warmed up by a number of developments.
By Cleland Thom 22 June 15:29
Online news providers could be liable for unlawful user comments on their message boards, following a surprising decision by the European Court of Human Rights last week.
By William Turvill 19 June 10:11
The Jewish Telegraph was warned about possible legal action by a spokesman for Ed Miliband over claims made by Express Newspapers chairman Richard Desmond in an interview.
By PA Mediapoint 18 June 10:26
A woman has described to the High Court how she was "goosed" by comedian Freddie Starr in Jimmy Savile's dressing room when she was 15.
By Dominic Ponsford 15 June 16:02
The Independent Press Standards Organisation has begun the process of setting up a low cost arbitration scheme for settling libel and privacy claims.
By PA Mediapoint and Press Gazette 15 June 14:58
Comedian Freddie Starr is suing a woman who says he groped her when she was in the audience at a Jimmy Savile show when she was a 15-year-old.