Defamation and libel

By William Turvill 19 September 10:33
Kate and Gerry McCann took issue with a front-page Insight story from last year, which the couple said suggested they had kept "secret from investigating authorities a crucial piece of evidence concerning the disappearance of their daughter".
By Dominic Ponsford 20 August 16:23
Chairman of the Commons energy select committee Tim Yeo is suing The Sunday Times for libel over a report that he coached a paying client before they gave evidence to his committee.
By Cleland Thom 20 August 11:37
A judge has provided the first clues about the realities of the new Defamation Act’s ‘serious harm’ test.
By Dominic Ponsford 15 August 14:54

The president of Olympiakos Football Club has settled his libel dispute with the The Sun over claims he was facing criminal charges for bribery and match fixing.

By PA Media Lawyer 07 August 10:48
The two actions are the case in which former Conservative chief whip Andrew Mitchell (pictured, Reuters) is suing News Group Newspapers, publisher of The Sun, over its reporting of an altercation in which he was involved at the gates of Downing Street, and the case in which he is in turn being sued by Pc Toby Rowland, the officer involved in the incident.
By PA Mediapoint 05 August 17:01
Sheridan (pictured, Reuters) was jailed in 2011 after he was found guilty of lying under oath during his successful defamation action against the now-defunct News of the World newspaper.
By William Turvill 04 August 9:11
The singer (pictured, Reuters) was accused of boasting that she could "sort out" cocaine for Mahmood, dubbed the Fake Sheikh, and put him in touch with her rapper friend Mike GLC, who supplied the Class A drug.
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.