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UK: High court rules that Bercow’s Lord McAlpine tweet was libellous

On Friday, 24 May the High Court ruled that Sally Bercow’s tweet “Why is Lord McAlpine trending? *innocent face*” (the “Tweet“) was defamatory. The ruling followed a preliminary hearing on the meaning of the Tweet. The background to the case is that Lord McAlpine pursued a number of Twitter users, including Sally Bercow,¬†who had re-tweeted false accusations … Continue Reading

Posted in Defamation

A case of innuendo?

At a preliminary hearing in the case of Fox v Boulter [2012] EWHC 3183, the High Court considered the difference between a claim for defamation based on the “natural meaning” that words will have to an ordinary and reasonable reader, and a claim based on an “innuendo meaning”, which is only apparent to a reader who has knowledge of certain … Continue Reading