Libel

Royal Courts of Justice
By Darren Boyle | 04 Nov 2013
Removing the threat of paying costs for some libel claimants could lead to an increase in vexatious actions, a leading law firm has warned.
By Dominic Ponsford | 17 Sep 2013
Proposals to protect libel and privacy claimants from the threat of paying a publishers' costs if they lose their claim could have a “terrible” effect on press freedom, the Daily Telegraph has warned.
By Press Gazette | 24 Apr 2013
The House of Lords last night backed a revised Government amendment to the Defamation Bill which will stop companies suing unless they can prove "serious financial loss".
Rolf Harris (REUTERS)
By Dominic Ponsford | 21 Apr 2013
The Mail on Sunday has revealed the “veiled threats” it received from lawyers for Rolf Harris.
By Press Gazette | 18 Apr 2013

Labour Lords have introduced a new amendment to the Defamation Bill aimed at restricting the ability of companies to sue for libel.

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By Dominic Ponsford | 17 Apr 2013
It now looks likely the a Defamation Bill will be on the statute books next month – but it may be without a key amendment aimed at preventing companies from suing for libel.
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By Dominic Ponsford | 12 Apr 2013
Libel reform campaigners have condemned moves by a Conservative MP to remove a section of the Defamation Bill limiting the right of companies to sue.
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By Dominic Ponsford | 11 Feb 2013
The future of both press regulation and the Defamation Bill could be decided this week as the Government puts forward its proposals for a Royal Charter to recognise the new press regulator.
By Dominic Ponsford | 08 Feb 2013
Rebel peers may have scuppered the long-awaited Defamation Bill by adding a ‘Leveson law’ amendment to it this week.
By Greg Grundy | 31 Oct 2012
The former Dean of RAF College Cranwell is suing Mail on Sunday publisher Associated Newspapers for libel over a story branding him the “Ayatollah of the RAF”.
By PA Media Lawyer | 10 Oct 2012
An independent crossbench peer and BBC producer has welcomed new reforms to Britain's libel laws after warning of an increasing threat to journalists and scientists.
By Press Gazette | 11 Sep 2012
This piece was written at the peak of the newspaper industry – in 1952. Found in the Essex Chronicle archive by Steve Clow, it reveals that some things never change in journalism. The headline is taken from the original piece, which is intended as a guide to journalism for women readers.
By Sarah Limbrick | 05 Sep 2012

The BBC’s chief financial officer Zarin Patel is suing Express Newspapers at the High Court in a row over a story in the Daily Star.

By PA Media Lawyer | 31 Aug 2012

Royal hairdresser Richard Ward has withdrawn a threat to sue the Daily Telegraph after the matter was settled via a new arbitration process.

By Dominic Ponsford | 30 Aug 2012

The Daily Mail has complained that a £130,000 legal bill over a £15,000 libel settlement with actor Neil Morrissey is evidence of abuse of the Conditional Fee Agreement system.

By PA Mediapoint | 29 Aug 2012

A former editor of the News of the World Scotland has been arrested and charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice at the time of ex-MSP Tommy Sheridan's defamation action against the

By Andrew Pugh | 24 Aug 2012

More than two-thirds of Britons believe The Sun was wrong to publish naked pictures of Prince Harry, according to a new poll.

By PA Media Lawyer | 10 Aug 2012

The criminal contempt of scandalising a court may be consigned to history as a result of a Law Commission consultation which opens today.

By PA Media Lawyer | 09 Aug 2012

The Italian Parliament is facing calls to decriminalise the country's libel laws after a journalist and a former newspaper director were given jail sentences.

By Sarah Limbrick | 08 Aug 2012

Sir Elton John is suing The Times for defamation over a series of articles linking him with a controversial tax avoidance scheme.

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