Case Law, Canada: Niemela v Google Inc, British Columbia Court dismisses claim for worldwide libel injunction against Google – Hugh Tomlinson QC and Sara Mansoori

24 07 2015

Google-Logo-Stone-WallIn the case of Niemela v Google (2015 BCSC 1024) the Supreme Court of British Columbia dismissed a claim for a worldwide interim libel injunction against Google by a Vancouver lawyer who had been subject to online abuse by someone he alleged to have been a former client.  The Judge entered summary judgment for Google on the whole action. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Sloutsker v Romanova: £110,000 damages awarded for internet libel by High Court in London – Michael Frost

23 07 2015

SloutskerOn 16 July, Mr Justice Warby awarded Vladimir Sloutsker, a former Russian senator and President of the Israel Jewish Congress, £110,000 in damages at the conclusion of his long-running libel action against Russian journalist Olga Romanova ([2015] EWHC 2053 (QB)).  A permanent injunction against Ms Romanova was also awarded. Read the rest of this entry »





Are reports of defamation’s death greatly exaggerated? – Judith Townend

21 07 2015

Libeldata-protectionA marked spike in defamation claims for 2014 seems to have surprised some people, given recent developments around defamation law and introduction of a new Act that the previous government boldly claimed would ‘reverse’ the chilling effect. Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: The media law year in review, defamation – Peter Bartlett

17 07 2015

gazetteOver the past twelve months, the judiciary has made life very difficult for the media and, in particular, in the following areas: Read the rest of this entry »





United States: The Sheriff, Welfare Fraud and Defamation – Susan Brenner

14 07 2015

Sidney-ohio-courthouseThis post examines an opinion an Ohio court issued in a civil case:  Hughes v. Lenhart, 2015 WL 1138262 (Ohio Court of Appeals 2015).  The Court of Appeals begins its opinion by explaining how the case arose: Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Starr v Ward, Justification defence succeeds in Freddie Starr’s “groping” libel claim

12 07 2015

Starr WardThe libel claim brought by entertainer Freddie Starr against Karin Ward has been dismissed by Mr Justice Nicol following an eight day trial.  In a judgment handed down on 10 July 2015 ([2015] EWHC 1987 (QB)) the judge held that the allegations made by Ms Ward concerning Mr Starr’s conduct at a recording of a Jimmy Savile TV programme in 1974 were true. Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: Hockey’s defamation suit shows need for wider free speech debate – David Rolph

5 07 2015

Joe Hockey Treasurer for SaleTreasurer Joe Hockey’s decision to sue Fairfax Media for defamation over the now-notorious front-page story “Treasurer for sale” raises interesting questions about politicians suing to protect their reputation, allied with the protection of freedom of speech in Australia. Read the rest of this entry »








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