Ireland: Reform of the law of defamation – the defence of fair and reasonable publication – Eoin O’Dell

11 01 2017

hurdlesSection 26 of the Defamation Act 2009 (also here) introduced a new defence of fair and reasonable publication into Irish defamation law. In Meegan v Times Newspapers Ltd[2016] IECA 327 (09 November 2016) Hogan J for the Court of Appeal (Finlay Geoghegan and Peart JJ concurring) explained that the Read the rest of this entry »





Ireland, Reform of the law of defamation: damages – Eoin O’Dell

6 01 2017

ipi-flag-eurosThe Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality is conducting a review of the operation of the Defamation Act 2009 (also here). No doubt the focus of media submissions will be the level of damages, and exhibit A in those submissions will unquestionably be the decision of the Supreme Court in Leech v Independent Newspapers [2014] IESC 79 (19 December 2014). Read the rest of this entry »





New Zealand Defamation Law: 2016 in review – Ali Romanos

4 01 2017

2016-reviewNew Zealand courts heard several trials and important interlocutory battles in 2016.  Political defamation cases were a feature.  The most prominent case was that brought by Taxpayers’ Union director Jordan Williams against former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig.  Read the rest of this entry »





Media and Law: Review of Defamation, Privacy and other Media Cases in 2016

3 01 2017

2016The last year was a relatively quiet one in the English media law courts, with only two defamation trials involving the media (and none involving the national press).  The most high profile case of the year was the privacy injunction in PJS v NGN.  Our case comment on the original injunction attracted a record number of visitors. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Flymenow v Quick Air Jet Charter, Libel damages reduced to £10 because of claimant’s disgraceful conduct – Neelam Gomersall

22 12 2016

logoIn the case of Flymenow Ltd v Quick Air Jet Charter GmbH [2016] EWHC 3197 (QB) an aircraft charter company was awarded nominal damages of £10 in a libel action after it was found that it had acted “disgracefully” before and during the litigation. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: Eramo v. Rolling Stone, Amici Intervene, Is Correction Republication? – Ed Klaris & Alexia Bedat

17 12 2016

uva-frat-rolling-stoneEight media companies have intervened in the Eramo v Rolling Stone action to raise the important issue of whether a correction constitutes republication for purposes of libel. A meaningful question for practitioners and journalists alike. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Shakil-Ur-Rahman v ARY Network Limited, Claimant awarded “top bracket” defamation damages – Laura Parnell

16 12 2016

mir-shakeel-ur-rehman-geo-tv1The High Court has awarded Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, the Chief Executive of Pakistan’s largest media group, one of the highest compensatory awards granted in recent years following his defamation claim against ARY Network Limited (a UK broadcaster), and its Chief Operating Officer, Fayaz Ghafoor ([2016] EWHC 3110 (QB)). Read the rest of this entry »