Ireland: Is Dublin becoming the defamation capital of the world, the libel-tourism destination of choice? – Eoin O’Dell

17 11 2015

DublinThe Guinness Storehouse claims to be Ireland’s most popular tourist attraction. As the city is out of the running to become European Capital of Culture, 2020 (a title it last held in 1991), and as the Web Summit is moving to Lisbon from next year, tourist attractions like the Storehouse are probably glad to know that Dublin seems to be taking London’s mantle as Capital of Defamation, as the destination of choice for libel tourists seeking a congenial jurisdiction in which to bring a defamation action. Read the rest of this entry »

Did the “number of defamation cases fall by a third in a year”?

16 11 2015

Royal-Courts-of-JusticeOver the last few days there have been a number of media reports (for example, in the Guardian and the Times [£]) based on a Thomson Reuters Press Release[pdf] issued on behalf of Thomson Reuters entitled “Number of Defamation Cases Falls by a third in a year”.   Read the rest of this entry »

Social Media defamation: Richardson v Facebook/Richardson v Google UK Ltd: Appeals dismissed as wrong defendants sued – Iain Wilson

15 11 2015

Google FacebookIn Richardson v Facebook [2015] EWHC 3154 (QB) Mr Justice Warby dismissed the claimant’s appeals in two separate but similar claims for defamation and breach of Article 8 ECHR.  One claim was brought against ‘Facebook’ and the other against Google UK Ltd. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law, Australia: Duffy v Google Inc, Google liable for search results, hyperlinks and autocompletes – Lorna Skinner

12 11 2015

SkinnerLOn 27 October 2015 Mr Justice Blue, sitting at first instance in the Supreme Court of South Australia, handed down judgment on liability in the defamation case of Duffy v Google Inc ([2015] SASC 170).  He held Google Inc liable for the defamatory content of the hyperlinks and snippets returned by way of Google search results on the Claimant’s name and for the defamatory content of search autocompletes relating to her. Perhaps more controversially, Google was also held liable as a republisher of the defamatory content of third party websites hyperlinked on its search results. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: Richardson v Facebook, Suing Facebook is no easy matter – Rosalind English

9 11 2015

facebook_logoIn the case of Richardson v Facebook ([2015] EWHC 3154 (QB)) an action in defamation and under the right to privacy against Facebook has been dismissed in the High Court. The Facebook entity named as defendant did not “control” the publication so as to allow liability; and even if it did, no claim under the Human Rights Act could lie against Facebook as it could not be described as any sort of a public authority for the purposes of Section 6 of the Act. Read the rest of this entry »

United States: The Police Department, the Blog and Defamation – Susan Brenner

7 11 2015

NHSupremeCt copyThis post examines an opinion the Supreme Court of New Hampshire recently issued in a civil case: McCarthy v. Manchester Police Department, 2015 WL 5559880 (2015). As usual, the court begins the opinion by explaining how, and why, the lawsuit arose. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: Bukovsky v CPS, Judge Seals File in Child Porn Libel Case – Media Lawyer

28 10 2015

_82597606_vladimirbukovskyA judge has set aside an injunction issued in a defamation case in which the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is being sued by veteran Soviet dissident Vladimir Bukovsky over allegations that he has been charged with making and possessing indecent images of children. Read the rest of this entry »


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