Another one-eyed fable from the corporate press – Brian Cathcart

24 05 2016

NewspapersThe corporate papers that are determined to resist Leveson-based reform are currently playing what they evidently consider to be their strongest card, and it is this: “If the changes are implemented as promised, a publication that is sued for libel and wins its case will be forced to pay the costs of the losing side”. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Australia: Dods v McDonald, Barrister’s Internet Defamation, he fought the law and the law won – Justin Castelan

22 05 2016

DodsDuring the evening of 11 December 2008, Tyler Cassidy, a 15 year old boy had stolen two large knives from Kmart at Northcote Plaza Shopping Centre, near All Nations Park. He moved through the shopping centre, its shops and car park, threating people with the knives and demanding that the police be called. Read the rest of this entry »





News: UKIP MEP fails in attempt to rely on European Parliamentary immunity to avoid English libel action. [Update2: Stay now granted]

17 05 2016

Jane Collins

Jane Collins, the UKIP MEP for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, has failed in her attempt to stay a libel action by relying on the “Privileges and Immunities of the European Union“. [Update] The stay was granted today after the President of the Parliament wrote to the court (see the end of this post). Read the rest of this entry »





Ireland: On World Press Freedom Day, the inevitable calls for reform of defamation law focus on the wrong issues – Eoin O’Dell

3 05 2016

wpfd2016Today is World Press Freedom Day. The UN/UNESCO Declarations on Promoting Independent and Pluralistic Media were adopted on 3 May 1991, at a seminar on Promoting an Independent and Pluralistic African Press, held in Windhoek, Namibia, from 29 April to 3 May 1991. Read the rest of this entry »





The Panama Papers and the risk of defamation and breach of confidence – Nathan Capone

7 04 2016

Cassidy-Panama-Papers-American-Names-1200The recent publication of the ‘Panama Papers’ – 11.5 million files from offshore law firm Mossack Fonseca revealing the details of the use of offshore tax havens by numerous individuals (including several politicians) and companies poses some immediate legal implications. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Australia: Dank v Nationwide News Pty Ltd: Twenty days in Stephen Dank’s defamation trial but Zero Damages – Justin Castelan

5 04 2016

DankSince 2013, the Australian sporting landscape has been dominated, not by any particularly amazing footballer, cricketer or athlete. No, it has been dominated by Stephen Dank – “sports scientist”. He is the man responsible for bringing into the Australian consciousness a range of strange sounding peptides, unknown Mexican amino acids and apparently useful horse supplements. He also brought them into the bloodstreams of elite sportsmen across different footballing codes in different states and for different teams. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Scottish Law Commission published Defamation Law Consultation

18 03 2016

Scottish Law CommissionYesterday the Scottish Law Commission published a Discussion Paper on Defamation [pdf].  This summarises the current Scots defamation law and poses a number of consultation questions about possible areas of reform. Read the rest of this entry »








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