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Tag Archives: Defamation Act 2013

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Who said that?! English court orders injunctive relief against persons unknown

Brett Wilson LLP v Person(s) Unknown

It is possible to set up anonymous websites with ease – but much harder to identify who is behind them. When such websites publish defamatory statements about you or your business, this can make life very difficult, particularly if you rely on clients finding you via online searches.

The High Court has recently granted … Continue Reading

Posted in Defamation

UK: Parliamentary Privilege (Defamation) Bill introduced to the Lords – waving goodbye to waiver?

On 9 June 2014 – in an attempt to restore certainty to the ancient doctrine of parliamentary privilege – the Parliamentary Privilege (Defamation) Bill (the “Bill“) was introduced in the House of Lords on behalf of Lord Lester of Herne Hill, QC.

By way of background, Article IX of the Bill of Rights 1689 (“Article IX“) … Continue Reading

Posted in Defamation, Entertainment & Content

UK: Defamation (Operators of Websites) Regulations 2013

Website operators seeking to qualify for a defence to possible defamation claims in respect of comments published on their websites contained in the Defamation Act 2013 will have two days (subject to the courts’ discretion) to notify the authors of the comments of the complaint, under the recently published draft Defamation (Operators of Websites) Regulations 2013 (the “Regulations“), … Continue Reading

Posted in Defamation

UK: Defamation case provides ‘trial run’ of the future position on trial by jury

A recent defamation decision, Christopher McGrath v Independent Print Limited  [2013] EWCH 2202 (QB) provides some insight into the future availability of jury trials once the Defamation Act 2013 removes the presumption in favour of trial by jury in defamation cases.

Currently s69(1)b of the Senior Courts Act 1981, states that libel or slander claims “shall be tried with Continue Reading