The Irish News is this week appealing a libel writ brought against the paper by Goodfellas restaurant after it published a negative review of its food and service.
Businessman Ciaran Convery won £25,000 in damages over the review by food critic Caroline Workman published in August 2000.
The paper argued that the unanimous verdict flew in the face of freedom of the press and vowed to appeal the decision.
If the paper loses the case at the Court of Appeal the landmark judgment will have massive implications for book, film and restaurants reviewers and arts critics alike
Leading human rights lawyer Lord Lester QC will lead the appeal.