Prior restraint and temporary injunctions in defamation cases in Ireland – Eoin O’Dell

16 02 2011

Irish Daily Star on Sunday MastheadSome orders have been made on foot of the Defamation Act, 2009 (also here) – see, for example, Lowry v Smyth (background here and here; coverage of the order here), Mellon v Associated Newspapers (coverage here), and Meegan v Associated Newspapers (coverage here) – but Watters v Independent Star [2010] IECC 1 (03 November 2010) remains the only reported judgment on provisions of the Act. In that case, the newspaper had published an article headlined Read the rest of this entry »





News: David Beckham’s US defamation claim struck out

16 02 2011

In September 2010, the US magazine “In Touch” published an article entitled “David’s Dangerous Betrayal” which consisted of  an interview with Irma Nici, described as a former high-class call girl, claiming that she had slept with David Beckham, who had agreed to pay her US$10,000 for “one night of passion”.  The publisher wisely ensured that the relevant edition of the magazine was unavailable in the United Kingdom both in hard copy and online.   Copies were available in Germany where, it appears, David Beckham has brought successful legal proceedings. Read the rest of this entry »