Northern Ireland: Defamation claims in 2016 – Olivia O’Kane

13 02 2017

Northern IrelandI have now obtained the figures concerning the numbers of defamation cases issued in Northern Ireland in 2016.  These figures are based on a search of the Court’s records for the period 1 January to 31 December 2016. Read the rest of this entry »





The Facebook Ireland cases: Intermediary Liability and Defences under the E-Commerce Regulations, Part 2, Comment – Aidan Wills

21 01 2017

e-commerceThe liability of information society services (“ISS”) , such as social media companies, and the scope of defences under the 2002 Regulations/e-Commerce Directive is a matter of increasing importance. Read the rest of this entry »





The Facebook Ireland cases: Intermediary Liability and defences under the E-Commerce Regulations, Part 1, the Judgments – Aidan Wills

20 01 2017

FacebookThe courts in Northern Ireland have handed down two important judgments on the civil liability of social media companies for content posted by users. The Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland’s long-awaited decision in CG v Facebook Ireland & McCloskey [2016] NICA 54 arose from privacy, harassment and data protection claims brought by a convicted sex offender on the basis of information posted on Facebook (Inforrm published an earlier post about this case here). Read the rest of this entry »





Northern Ireland: Reform of the law of defamation, the defence of honest opinion – Eoin O’Dell

20 07 2016

honest_opinionIn Northern Ireland, the Minister for Finance has just published a Review of the Law of Defamation, prepared for it by Andrew Scott (Associate Professor of Law, LSE). Prof Scott had prepared a consultation paper for the Northern Ireland Law Commission (NILC) in November 2014. The consultation period closed on 20 February 2015. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Preview, Northern Ireland: CG v Facebook Ireland, Facebook appeals damages award in “Keeping Kids Safe from Predators” case – Aidan Wills

2 04 2016

FacebookOn Monday and Tuesday, 4 and 5 April 2016 the Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland will hear an appeal from the judgment of Stephens J in CG v Facebook Ireland Ltd & Anor [2015] NIQB 11.  The case will require the Court to determine a number of important issues of principle relating to intermediary liability. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Northern Ireland: Galloway v Frazer, Google Inc (YouTube) and Ors, the Kitchen Sink against the “Internet Behemoth” – Ashley Hurst and Emma Cross

25 02 2016

George GallowayIn Galloway v William Frederick Frazer, Google Inc t/a YouTube and others, Mr Justice Horner in the High Court of Northern Ireland refused an application by Google Inc. (“Google”) to set aside an order granting leave to George Galloway to serve proceedings out of the jurisdiction on Google.  Read the rest of this entry »





Northern Ireland District Judge acquits Pastor of “gross offence” against Muslims – Rosalind English

18 02 2016

molana“Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation”. (Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī , 13th Century Persian Islamic scholar and poet)These words were the last in the ruling by DJ McNally in the Belfast county court, acquitting Pastor McConnell of grossly offending Muslims in a sermon that had been delivered in church but also transmitted over the internet (DPP v McConnell [2016] NI Mag 1). Read the rest of this entry »