Defamation and libel

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.
By Cleland Thom 11 June 17:31
Libel is an unpredictable area. And that's certainly the case with the new Defamation Act 2013.
By PA Media Lawyer 21 May 13:24
Harry Potter author J K Rowling has been "fully vindicated and her reputation restored" following a newspaper's apology over allegations that she wrote a "sob story" containing false claims about her time as a single mother, the High Court was told today.
By PA Mediapoint 15 May 13:19
The Daily Mail has lost its challenge against a High Court ruling that author JK Rowling should be allowed to read a unilateral statement in open court as part of the settlement of a libel claim.
By PA Mediapoint and Press Gazette 07 May 13:55
A UKIP general election candidate intended to express a statement of fact when they claimed three Labour MPs knew many of the details of child sexual exploitatio in Rotherham, a High Court judge as ruled.
By William Turvill and Press Association 29 April 9:57
A former detective has been ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of pounds to the McCann family following a libel case in a Portuguese court.
By William Turvill 15 April 13:14
The Liberal Democrat election manifesto calls for action from Parliament if the press continues to refuse to sign up to a regulator which complies with the Leveson report.
By Dominic Ponsford 07 April 15:34
The Mail on Sunday, Sun and Grazia have all apologised to supermodel Kate Moss after mistakenly reporting that she was picked up from a party in an ambulance.
By PA Media Lawyer 02 April 9:25
A former chairman of Salisbury City Football Club accepted a public apology from the publisher of the Salisbury Journal over a story which reported a player's comments that he had been "bankrupt a few times". (Picture: Reuters)
By PA Media Lawyer 01 April 17:14
A businessman has accepted a public apology and a donation to the charity Save the Children over an allegation in the Daily Mirror that he had "courted controversy" by dealing with the regime of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.
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.

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