Northern Ireland: Libel Claims in 2014, a small decline in numbers – Olivia O’Kane

16 12 2014

Northern IrelandIn the period 1 January to 31 October 2014 there were a total of 20 libel claims issued in Northern Ireland.  This suggests an annual total of around 26 claims and is a small decrease from the 30 claims in 2013, and the 32 in 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

Could Russell Brand sue the Sun over ‘hypocrite’ allegation? – Philip Steele

7 12 2014

Sun BrandThe comedian and actor Russell Brand has threatened to take legal action over an article published on the front page of the Sun which alleged that he was a “hypocrite” because of his housing arrangements.  In this short article, we take a look at whether in principle calling somebody a “hypocrite” could give rise to a claim. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: ReachLocal v Bennett, Libel general and special damages award totals £443,000 – Max Campbell

3 12 2014

ReachLocalIn ReachLocal UK Ltd and another v Jamie Bennett and others [2014] EWHC 3405 (QB), the Claimants (both subsidiaries of an international online marketing group) sued for defamation following a campaign to discredit them by a former affiliate company and individuals connected to it.  Read the rest of this entry »

Plebgate: Andrew Mitchell, PC Rowland and the Sun – the judgment and some media coverage

30 11 2014

Mitchell at CourtOn Thursday 27 November 2014, Mr Justice Mitting handed down a judgment in which, after careful analysis of the evidence, he found that “at least on balance of probabilities that Mr Mitchell did speak the words alleged or something so close to them as to amount to the same, including the politically toxic word “pleb””. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: Canada, Awan v Levant, Judge finds that allegations by right wing commentator were baseless and made maliciously

29 11 2014

awan-levantOn 27 November 2014, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice handed down judgment in the much discussed case of Awan v. Levant [pdf]. Justice Wendy Matheson awarded damages of Can$80,000 to the plaintiff, lawyer Khurrum Awan, against the conservative political commentator, journalist and blogger Ezra Levant. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Plebgate Libel Cases, Judge finds that Andrew Mitchell did call police officers “plebs”

27 11 2014

The Sun Andrew MitchellIn a judgment delivered in slightly over an hour this afternoon Mr Justice Mitting held that Andrew Mitchell MP did tell PC Toby Rowland that police officers were “fucking plebs”. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Statement in Open Court, Times apologises to Hodge Jones & Allen and agrees to pay damages

26 11 2014

Office_0On Monday 24 November 2014, the well-known London law firm Hodge Jones & Allen LLP (“HJA”) received an apology and substantial damages from The Times following the publication in June 2014 of a front page article in which the newspaper claimed the firm was being sued by a former client for negligence in relation to a MMR vaccine claim. Read the rest of this entry »


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