High Court grants applications disputing jurisdiction in libel claims against Italian publishers (Napag Trading v GEDI Gruppo Editoriale)

By Luke Browne

Publisher: Lexis®PSL
Date of Publication: 18 Nov 2020

The court held that it had no jurisdiction to try libel claims brought by an English-domiciled company, Napag Trading Ltd (Napag), its CEO and sole director, and its Italian-domiciled subsidiary, Napag Italia Srl, against the defendant Italian publishers, GEDI Gruppo Editoriale S.p.A. and Società Editoriale Il Fatto S.p.A (Società Editoriale). The claimants had issued proceedings over six articles published between October 2019 and January 2020. However, because none of them could show, to the necessary standard, all of the elements of a claim for libel under the law of England and Wales, Mr Justice Jay granted the applications sought by the defendants under CPR 11. Besides finding that none of Società Editoriale’s articles had seriously defamed Napag, and that only one of them had seriously defamed the CEO, Jay J held that none of the claimants had established a good arguable case on serious harm for the purposes of section 1 of the Defamation Act 2013.

Napag Trading Ltd and others v GEDI Gruppo Editoriale SpA and another [2020] EWHC 3034 (QB)

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