Cases

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Wright v McCormack

Defamation – libel – amendment – serious harm – Dingle – Burstein

[2021] EWHC 2671 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Julian Knowles J

Farhan Junejo v New Vision TV Limited

Preliminary issue – whether publication occurred within jurisdiction – litigation bias – delay in issuing – destruction of records

[2021] EWHC 2366 (QB) - High Court (QBD)

Judge Murray J

Ashley v Times Newspapers Limited

Defamation - Libel - Trial of Preliminary Issues - Meaning - Defamatory imputation - Statement of fact / expression of opinion - Whether the repetition rule is engaged - Multiple publications

[2021] EWHC 2082 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Saini J

Blackledge v Persons Unknown

Defamation – Libel – Harassment – Data Protection – Quantum – Damages – Injunction – Section 13 order

[2021] EWHC 1994 (QB) - High Court, Queen’s Bench Division

Judge Saini J

Greenstein v Campaign Against Antisemitism

Defamation - Libel - Malice- Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 - Spent Convictions - Whether the malice plea relating to spent convictions was correctly struck out

[2021] EWCA Civ 1006 - Court of Appeal, Civil Division

Judge Popplewell, Dingemans, Carr LLJ

Rebekah Vardy v Coleen Rooney

Libel – summary judgment – strike out – social media – proportionality

[2021] EWHC 1888 (QB) - High Court, Queen's Bench Division

Judge Steyn J

Hodges v Naish

Slander - preliminary issues - publication - defamatory meaning - slanders actionable per se - serious harm - limitation

[2021] EWHC 1805 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division (Winchester District Registry)

Judge HHJ Richard Parkes QC (sitting as a Judge of the High Court)

Lachaux v Independent Print Ltd

Libel - publication on matter of public interest - s.4, Defamation Act 2013 - damages

[2021] EWHC 1797 (QB) - High Court, Queen's Bench Division, Media and Communications List

Judge Nicklin J

Corbyn v Millett

Preliminary issue – whether statement fact or opinion – bare comment – whether statement defamatory at common law

[2021] EWCA Civ 567 - Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Judge Vos MR, Sharp P, Warby LJ

Soriano v Silverstein

Libel – section 9 Defamation Act 2013 – jurisdiction – service out – forum conveniens – service gateways – centre of interests

[2021] EWHC 873 (QB) - High Court, Queen’s Bench Division

Judge Johnson J

Lady Colin Campbell v MGN Ltd

Defamation - Meaning - Ambiguity - Extraneous Evidence - General Knowledge

[2021] EWHC 601 (QB) - High Court, Queen's Bench Division

Judge Johnson J

Parris v Ajayi & Ors

Libel - Malicious Falsehood - Strike out - Amendments - Henderson v Henderson abuse of process - Consent to disciplinary procedure within employment context - Friend v Civil Aviation Authority- Claim for losses flowing from dismissal - Jurisdiction of Employment Tribunal - Johnson exclusion area - Johnson v Unisys Ltd - Jameel abuse of process - Failure to provide reference

[2021] EWHC 285 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Richard Spearman QC (Sitting as a Judge of the Queens Bench Division)

Duchess of Sussex v Associated Newspapers Ltd

Misuse of private information-breach of copyright-summary judgment and/or strike out of defence

[2021] EWHC 273 (Ch) - High Court, Chancery Division, Business and Property Courts, Intellectual Property List

Judge Warby J

Tinkler v Ferguson & others

Malicious Falsehood – Abuse of Process – Section 3 Defamation Act 1952

[2021] EWCA Civ 18 - Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Judge Peter Jackson & Dingemans LLJ, Sir Richard McCombe

Soriano v Forensic News & ors

Libel - section 9 Defamation Act 2013 - jurisdiction - service-out - forum conveniens - malicious falsehood - GDPR - data protection - establishment - extra-territoriality - service gateways - centre of interests

[2021] EWHC 56 (QB) - High Court (Media & Communications List)

Judge Jay J

Wright v Granath (CA)

Defamation – Jurisdiction – Lis Pendens – Lugano Convention – Negative Declaratory Relief

[2021] EWCA Civ 28 - Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Judge Moylan, Singh & Popplewell LJJ

Greenstein v Campaign against Antisemitism

Defamation - Libel - s3, Defamation Act 2013 - Honest Opinion - Malice - Truth - Spent Convictions - Whether the Defendant should be granted summary judgment - Whether the malice plea should be struck out - Data Protection - Misuse of Private Information - Spent Convictions- Abuse of Process

[2020] EWHC 2951 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Mrs Justice Tipples

Depp v News Group Newspapers

libel – Defence under s.2 of the Defamation Act 2013

[2020] EWHC 2911 (QB) - High Court, Queen's Bench Divisions (Media & Communications)

Judge Nicol J

Tinkler v Ferguson & Ors

Malicious Falsehood – Strike Out – Abuse of Process – Damage – Jameel abuse

[2020] EWHC 1467 (QB) - High Court

Judge Nicklin J

CWD v Nevitt & Ors

Privacy - defamation - anonymity - r16 order - reporting restrictions - s11 Contempt of Court Act 1981

[2020] EWHC 1289 (QB) - High Court (Queen's Bench Division)

Judge Steyn J

Anna Turley v Unite the Union and Stephen Walker

Libel – Trial – Liability for publication – Serious harm – Truth – Public interest – Assessment of damages – CPR Part 36

[2019] EWHC 3547 (QB) - High Court (QBD)

Judge Nicklin J

Chandler v O’Connor

Libel – Twitter – Summary Relief – Defamation Act 1996 – Assessment of Damages

[2019] EWHC 3181 (QB) - High Court (QBD)

Judge Nicklin J

Sadik v Sadik

Defamation - Libel - Strike out - Summary judgment - s.9, Defamation Act 2013 - CPR r.11 - Jurisdiction - Domicile - s.1, Defamation Act 2013 - Serious harm to reputation - Jameel abuse of process

[2019] EWHC 2717 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Julian Knowles J

Simon v Lyder

Defamation - Libel - Appeal from Court of Appeal of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago - Reliance upon subsequent facts - The extent which, if at all, two or more different statements made upon different occasions by the same defendant may be aggregated for the purpose of giving rise to a cause of action in defamation

[2019] UKPC 38 - Judicial Committee of the Privy Council

Judge Lord Wilson, Lord Carnwath, Lady Black, Lord Briggs, Lady Arden

Lachaux v Independent Print Ltd

Defamation – serious harm to reputation under s.1, Defamation Act 2013 – construction – accrual of cause of action – role of meaning of words – role of inference in determination of issue of serious harm – applicability of repetition rule and rule in Dingle v Associated Newspapers to determination of issue of serious harm

[2019] UKSC 27 - Supreme Court

Judge Lords Kerr, Wilson, Sumption, Hodge and Briggs

Alsaifi v Secretary of State for Education

Defamation -  Spokesperson's quote in newspaper article - Meaning - Principles governing quoted source liability - Serious Harm - Effect of Prior Court Judgment on reputational harm - Qualified Privilege - Press Releases

[2019] EWHC 1413 (QB) - High Court, Queen's Bench Division

Judge Anthony Metzer QC sitting as a Deputy Judge of the High Court

Serafin v Malkiewicz

Libel – public interest – truth – damages – unfair judicial treatment

[2019] EWCA Civ 852 - Court of Appeal

Judge Lewison, McCombe and Haddon-Cave LJJ

Greenstein v Campaign against Antisemitism

Defamation - Meaning - Expressions of Opinion or Statements of Fact - Preliminary Issue Trial - Antisemitism allegations

[2019] EWHC 281 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division, Media and Communications List

Judge Nicklin J

Nugent v Willers

Defamation - Limitation - Discretionary exclusion  of  time  limit  for  actions  for  defamation  or malicious falsehood -  s.30A of the Limitation Act 1984 (Isle of Man)  - s.32A Limitation Act 1980 (England & Wales)

[2019] UKPC 1 - Privy Council

Judge Lady Hale, Lord Kerr, Lady Black, Lord Briggs, Lord Kitchin

Zahir Monir v Steve Wood

Libel – Social Media – Twitter – Meaning – Reference – Agency – Vicarious Liability – Serious Harm – Damages

[2018] EWHC 3525 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division, Media and Communications List

Judge Nicklin J

Poulter v Times Newspapers Limited

Defamation - Libel - Meaning - Trial of Preliminary Issue on meaning

[2018] EWHC 3900 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division, Media and Communications List

Judge Nicklin J

Morgan v Associated Newspapers Ltd

Defamation – strike out – amendment – summary judgment – pleading – honest opinion – section 3 Defamation Act 2013

[2018] EWHC 3960(QB) - High Court, Queen's Bench Division

Judge Nicklin J

Sube v News Group Newspapers Ltd & Express Newspapers (No 2)

Defamation - Defamation Act 2013, s. 1 - Serious Harm - Whether Serious Harm Requirement Can Be Met By Taking Indivual Less Serious Imputations Together Cummulatively

[2018] EWHC 1961 (QB) - High Court, Queen's Bench Division

Judge Mr Justice Warby

Sube v News Group Newspapers Ltd & Express Newspapers

Defamation - Meaning - Preliminary Issue -  Serious Harm - s.1 Defamation Act 2013 - Data Protection Act 1998 - Equality Act 2010 - Harassment - Striking Out - Amendment

[2018] EWHC 1234(QB) - High Court of Justice, Queen's Bench Division

Judge Mr Justice Warby

Stocker v Stocker

Libel – social media – meaning – justification – publication

[2018] EWCA Civ 170; [2018] E.M.L.R. 15; [2018] 1 F.C.R. 763 - Court of Appeal

Judge McFarlane and Sharp LJJ and Sir John Laws

LJY v Persons Unknown

Privacy - libel - harassment - injunction - blackmail

[2017] EWHC 3230 (QB) - High Court Queen's Bench Division

Judge Warby J

Lachaux v Independent Print Ltd (Serious harm)

On appeal from the decision of Warby J [2016] QB 402; [2015] EWHC 2242 (QB): what was the proper approach to determining whether a statement satisfied the 'serious harm' test in section 1(1) of the Defamation Act 2013? Libel - Serious Harm - Rule in Dingle - Presumption of Harm - Limitation - Defamation Act 2013

[2017] EWCA Civ 1334 - Court of Appeal

Judge McFarlane, Davis, Sharp LJJ

Lachaux v Independent Print Ltd (Privilege)

On appeal from a decision of Sir Michael Tugendhat [2015] EWHC 3677 (QB): whether the judge erred in granting the Claimant an injunction in respect of material said to be both confidential and covered by Legal Professional Privilege.

[2017] EWCA Civ 1327 - Court of Appeal

Judge McFarlane, Davis, Sharp LJJ

Chang Wa Shan v Esther Chan Pui Kwan

Defamation - malicious falsehood - slander - absolute privilege - civil proceedings - informant - damages - causation - remoteness - Hong Kong

CACV 240/2015 - Hong Kong Court of Appeal

Judge Yuen, Kwan, Macrae JJA

Mionis v Democratic Press SA and others

Appeal - Defamation - Article 10 of the European Convention - Section 12, Human Rights Act 1998 - Settlement - Whether Judge below was correct to have refused application to lift a stay in the proceedings imposed by a Tomlin Order

[2017] EWCA Civ 1194 - Court of Appeal

Judge Gloster, Sharp and Lindblom LLJ

Ahmed v (1) Express Newspapers (2) Associated Newspapers Ltd

Defamation - s.1 Defamation Act 2013 - serious harm - Jameel grounds - Strike Out CPR 3.4(2) - Summary Judgment CPR 24

[2017] EWHC 1845 (QB) - High Court, Queens Bench Division

Judge Sir Michael Tugendhat (sitting as Judge of the High Court)

Lisle-Mainwaring v Associated Newspapers Ltd & Anor

Defamation – offer of amends – s3(5) defamation act 1996 – Burstein mitigation – s12 Defamation Act 1952 – special damages - removal of republication

[2017] EWHC 543 (QB) - High Court, Queen's Bench Division

Judge HHJ Parkes QC

Barron v Collins

Defamation – slander - libel - offer of amends – s3(5) Defamation Act 1996 – political libels – aggravating conduct during the offer of amends procedure

[2017] EWHC 162 (QB) - High Court of Justice, Queen's Bench Division

Judge Mr Justice Warby

Begg v BBC

Libel – Justification – Meaning - Broadcasting – Islam – Extremism

[2016] EWHC 2688 (QB) - High Court of Justice, Queen's Bench Division

Judge Haddon-Cave J

Alexander Economou v David de Freitas

Libel - newspapers, radio, television - identification - responsibility for publication - meaning - serious harm - publication on matter of public interest - Defamation Act 2013 sections 1 and 4

[2016] EWHC 1853 (QB); [2017] EMLR 4 - High Court, Queen's Bench Division

Judge The Honourable Mr Justice Warby

Abdel-Bari v Nottingham University NHS Trust

Defamation - Libel - Malicious Falsehood - Data Protection Act 1998 - whether to disapply limitation period for claims in libel and malicious falsehood - whether to allow permission to amend to include claim under Data Protection Act 1998

[2016] EWHC 154 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Master McCloud

Alvaro Sobrinho v Impresa Publishing SA

Libel – Portuguese Newspaper and Website – Preliminary Issues – Defamatory Meaning – Serious Harm, Defamation Act 2013 s1 – Abuse of Process

[2016] EWHC 66 (QB); [2016] EMLR 12 - High Court, Queen's Bench Division

Judge Dingemans J

Niall Horan v Express Newspapers

libel - meaning - capability - CPR Part 53 PD 4.1(1)

[2015] EWHC 3550 - High Court Queen's Bench Division

Judge Mr Justice Dingemans

Mir Shakil-Ur-Rahman v ARY Network Limited & Fayaz Ghafoor

Defamation – Trial of preliminary issues – Meaning – Fact or opinion - Chase levels - TV broadcasts – Foreign language (Urdu)

[2015] EWHC 2917 (QB) - High Court, Queen’s Bench Division

Judge Haddon-Cave J

Weston v Bates & Leeds United Football Club

Libel – delay – abuse of process – appeal – striking out – civil procedure

[2015] EWHC 3070 (QB) - High Court (Queen's Bench Division)

Judge Sir Michael Tugendhat

Pinard-Byrne v Linton

Privy Council Appeal from Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (Commonwealth of Dominica) - Defamation - Libel - Reynolds qualified privilege/ public interest defence - Whether the Court of Appeal was wrong to have overturned the first instance judge's rejection of the defence

[2015] UKPC 41 - Privy Council

Judge Lords Clarke, Wilson, Sumption, Carnwath, Toulson

Sloutsker v Romanova

Defamation - Assessment of damages for publications online - whether to grant an injunction against a defendant overseas- whether to proceed in the defendant's absence- whether the court needed to rule on meaning where default judgment had been entered

[2015] EWHC 2053 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Warby J

Associated Newspapers v Murray

Libel

[2015] EWCA Civ 488 - Court of Appeal

Judge LORD JUSTICE LONGMORE, LORD JUSTICE RYDER and LADY JUSTICE SHARP

Lachaux v AOL UK

Libel – Defamation Act 2013 – serious harm – trial of preliminary issue – meaning – evidence – costs budgeting – proportionality

[2015] EWHC 915 (QB) - High Court of Justice (Queen’s Bench Division)

Judge Nicola Davies J

Rufus v Elliott (preliminary issue)

Defamation - Libel - Meaning - Trial - Preliminary Issue

[2015] EWHC 807 (QB) - High Court, Queen's Bench Division

Judge Warby J

Cruddas v Calvert (CA)

Defamation - libel - justification - malicious falsehood - malice - single meaning rule - damages

[2015] EWCA Civ 171 - Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Judge Jackson LJ, Ryder LJ, Clarke LJ

Lachaux v Independent Print Ltd

Libel – Trial of a Preliminary Issue on Meaning – Repetition Rule – pleadings – meanings – truth – Lucas-Box meanings – Polly-Peck

[2015] EWHC 620 (QB) - High Court of Justice

Judge Sir David Eady (sitting as a Judge of the High Court)

Sloutsker v Romanova

Defamation - libel - foreign claimant - foreign defendant - service out of the jurisdiction - whether material non disclosure -  whether real and substantial tort within jurisdiction of England and Wales - whether England is the proper forum - likelihood of serious harm - service of English proceedings in Russian Federation -  whether valid service effected under Hague Convention - CPR 6.40(3)

[2015] EWHC 545 (QB) - High Court (Queen's Bench Division)

Judge Warby J

Rufus v Elliott (CA)

Defamation – Libel – Meaning – Capability

[2015] EWCA Civ 121; [2015] EMLR 17 - Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Judge McCombe and Sharp LJJ, Mitting J

Ames & anor v The Spamhaus Project Ltd & anor

Libel - serious harm - Jameel abuse - US publication - foreign claimants - real and substantial tort

[2015] EWHC 127 (QB) - High Court (Queen's Bench Division)

Judge Mr Justice Warby

Mionis v Democratic Press SA

Defamation - Libel - Foreign Parties - Settlement of Action by way of Tomlin Order - Whether contractual undertakings restricting freedom of expression had been breached - Whether contractual undertakings restricting freedom of expression should be coverted into an injunction - Whether an inquiry as to damages should be ordered - Applications for Derogations from Open Justice - Hearing in Private- Restrictions on Access to Papers

[2014] EWHC 4104 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Sir David Eady

HRH Prince Al-Waleed v Forbes

Libel – trial of preliminary issues – meaning – serious harm (common law threshold)

[2014] EWHC 3823 (QB) - High Court (QBD)

Judge Sir Michael Tugendhat (sitting as a Judge of the High Court)

Bewry v Reed Elsevier UK Ltd (CA)

Defamation - Libel - Internet publication - Limitation period - Disapplication - s.32A Limitation Act 1980 - Jameel abuse

[2014] EWCA Civ 1411; [2014] WLR (D) 474 - Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Judge Sharp LJ, Macur LJ, Lewison LJ

Donovan v Gibbons

Ruling on meaning and comment

[2014] EWHC 3406 - High Court Queen's Bench Division

Judge HHJ Judge Parkes QC (sitting as a Judge of the High Court)

Yeo MP v Times Newspapers Ltd

Libel - jury trial - s11 Defamation Act 2013 - s69(3) Senior Courts Act 1981 - discretion - meaning - relief from sanctions

[2014] EWHC 2853 (QB) - High Court (Queen's Bench Division)

Judge Warby J

Cooke v MGN Ltd

Defamation - serious harm threshold - section 1(1) Defamation Act 2013 -evidence of serious harm - effect of apology

[2014] EWHC 2831 (QB) - High Court, Queen's Bench Division

Judge Bean J

Hegglin v Persons Unknown

Libel - Data Protection Act 1998 - Norwich Pharmacal order - interim injunction - permission for service out of the jurisdiction

[2014] EWHC 2808 (QB) - High Court (Queen's Bench Division)

Judge Bean J

Crawford v Jenkins

Witness Immunity Rule; Harassment; Protection from Harassment Act 1997; Malicious Procurement of Arrest; Complaint to the Police; Whether complaint is immune from suit; Whether the immunity that covers defamation also covers torts of false imprisonment, malicious procurement of arrest and harassment.

[2014] EWCA Civ 1035 - Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Judge Beatson LJ, Sharp LJ, Sir Timothy LLoyd

Building Register Ltd v Weston

Defamation - libel - res judicata - abuse of process - amendment to defence - justification - honest comment - case management conference

[2014] EWHC 2361 (QB) - High Court, Queen's Bench Division

Judge Nicola Davies J

Hannon v News Group Newspapers Ltd

Striking out - cause of action - defamation - privacy

[2014] EWHC 1580 (Ch) - High Court (Chancery Division)

Judge Mann J

Thompson v James

Defamation - Libel- Appeal - Meaning - Whether Blog post bore meaning found by Judge - Whether Rules on Meaning needed to be amended for political speech- Article 10

[2014] EWCA Civ 600 - Court of Appeal

Judge Longmore, Black, Underhill LLJ

Meadows Care v Lambert

Defamation - Slander -Meaning - Comment - Permission to re-amend

[2014] EWHC 1226 (Admin) - High Court (QBD)

Judge Bean J

Weller v Associated Newspapers Limited

Misuse of private information- Data protection- Human rights- Photographs- Reasonable expectation of privacy- Children- Freedom of expression

[2014] EWHC 1163 (QB) - High Court (QBD)

Judge Dingemans J

Murray v Associated Newspapers Ltd

Libel - Statement in open court - Unilateral statement - CPR PD 53 para 6.1

[2014] EWHC 1170 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Uppal v Endemol UK Ltd

Defamation- meaning- ridicule

[2014] EWHC 1063 (QB) - High Court (QBD)

Judge Dingemans J

White v Express Newspapers (Costs)

libel - costs - meaning - costs of ruling on meaning

[2014] EWHC 814 (QB) - High Court, Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

McEvoy v Michael

Defamation- preliminary ruling- meaning- comment- publisher- political criticism- picture

[2014] EWHC 701 (QB) - High Court (QBD)

Judge His Honour Judge Keyser QC

Jerrard v Blyth & Ors

Defamation - Setting aside - Claim form not served - Proceedings in limbo - Costs - Indemnity basis

[2014] EWHC 647 (QB) - High Court, QBD

Judge Eady J

Makudi v Baron Triesman of Tottenham

defamation - parliamentary privilege - absolute privilege - Article 9 Bill of Rights 1689 - FA

[2014] EWCA Civ 179 - Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Judge Laws, Tomlinson & Rafferty LJJ

Jackson v Universal Music Operations Ltd

Libel - Malicious falsehood - Responsibility for publication - Internet - YouTube - Defamatory meaning - Statement that copyright claim made

- High Court, Queen's Bench Division

Judge HHJ Mackie QC (Sitting as a High Court Judge)

Miller v Associated Newspapers Ltd (CA)

Defamation - Justification - Chase Level 2 - Conduct Rule

[2014] EWCA Civ 39 - Court of Appeal

Judge Maurice Kay, Moore-Bick and Lloyd Jones LJJ

Reynolds v Bovey

Defamation - Internet - Strike Out - Publication - Pleadings - Litigants in Person

LTL 16/6/2014 - High Court, QBD

Judge Master Eastman

Flood v Times Newspapers Ltd (No.3)

Libel - Damages - Defendant's conduct - Deterrence - Vindication

[2013] EWHC 4075 (QB) - High Court, Queen's Bench Division

Judge Nicola Davies J

Fox v Boulter (disclosure)

Libel - specific disclosure - non-party disclosure - CPR 31.12 - CPR 31.17

[2013] EWHC 4012 (QB) - High Court, Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Ungvary v Hungary

Defamation - fact and comment - Article 8 - Article 10

[2013] ECHR 1229 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Guido Raimondi, President, Işıl Karakaş, Peer Lorenzen, András Sajó, Nebojša Vučinić, Helen Keller, Egidijus Kūris,

Krause v Newsquest Media Group Ltd

court reports -  absolute privilege - defamatory meaning - abuse of process - Gender Recognition Act 2004

[2013] EWHC 3400 (QB) - QBD

Judge Tugendhat J

Rufus v Elliott

Defamation - Libel – Meaning – Innuendo - Capability

[2013] EWHC 3355 (QB) - High Court, Queen's Bench Division

Judge Dingemans J

Briggs v Jordan

Libel – meaning – natural and ordinary meaning – innuendo meaning – breach of confidence – misuse of private information – strike out – Jameel abuse

[2013] EWHC 3205 (QB) - High Court, Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Karpov v Browder

Libel - strike out - Jameel abuse - forum - proof of loss - justification

[2013] EWHC 3071 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Simon J

Subotic v Knezevic

Defamation - Jurisdiction - Jameel abuse

[2013] EWHC 3011 - High Court, Queen's Bench Division

Judge Dingemans J

Delfi AS v Estonia

Defamation - human rights - user-generated content - online publishers - user comments - freedom of expression - right to reputation

Application No.64569/09 - European Court of Human Rights (First Section)

Judge Isabelle Berro-Lefèvre P, Steiner, Hajiyev, Trajkovska, Laffranque, Turković & Dedov JJ

Cruddas v Calvert & Others (No.4)

Libel - Malicious Falsehood - subterfuge - covert recording - Press Complaints Commission Code of Conduct - Public Interest - Justification - s.5 Defamation Act 1952 - Malice - Intention to Injure - Falsity - s.3 Defamation Act 1952 - Damages - Aggravated Damages

[2013] EWHC 2298 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Hunt v Times Newspapers Ltd (No. 5)

Libel - justification - Reynolds Privilege - s.5 Defamation Act 1952

[2013] EWHC 1868 (QB) - High Court, Queen's Bench Division

Judge Simon J

Cruddas v Calvert & Others (No.3)

Libel - Malicious Falsehood - Trial Judge reversed by Court of Appeal in relation to pre-trial ruling - Recusal application - appearance of bias

[2013] EWHC 1791 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Cruddas v Calvert & Others (No.2) (CA)

Libel - Malicious Falsehood - Single-meaning rule - Determination of meaning for purposes of libel and malicious falsehood claims - justification - striking out

[2013] EWCA Civ 748 - Court of Appeal

Judge Longmore & Rafferty LJJ and Sir Stephen Sedley

Dar Al Arkan Real Estate Co v Al Refai

Defamation - Conspiracy - Joint Tortfeasorship - Summary judgment - Defamatory website - Liability for publication where defendant did not know precise words to be published

[2013] EWHC 1630 (Comm) - Commercial Court

Judge Andrew Smith J

Cruddas v Calvert & Others (No.2)

Libel - Malicious Falsehood - Single-meaning rule - Determination of meaning for purposes of libel and malicious falsehood claims - justification - striking out Evidence - admissibility of evidence of the meaning understood by publishes in malicious falsehood actions.

[2013] EWHC 1427 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Fox v Boulter

Defamation - Libel – Meaning – Innuendo - Trial of meaning as preliminary issue

[2013] EWHC 1435 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Bean J

The Lord McAlpine of West Green v Sally Bercow

Defamation - Meaning – Natural and Ordinary Meaning – Innuendo – Repetition Rule - Social Media

[2013] EWHC 1342 (QB) - High Court, Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Cruddas v Calvert

Libel - Malicious Falsehood - Amendments to Particulars of Claim - Malice - Aggravated Damages - Jury Trial

[2013] EWHC 1096 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Nicol J

Smith v Dha

Defamation - CPR 40.7 - Death of Claimant - Abatement of Action - Power to revive

[2013] EWHC 838 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Nicola Davies J

Thompson v James and Carmarthenshire County Council

Libel – justification – honest comment – qualified privilege – malice - public authorities – Article 8 HRA – Derbyshire v Times Newspapers – Part 20 claim - damages

[2013] EWHC 515 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Waterson v Lloyd

Libel - honest comment - meaning - appeal

[2013] EWCA Civ 136; [2013] EMLR 17 - Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Judge McCombe, Laws, Richards LJJ

McCann v Bennett

Contempt - committal - undertakings - penalty

[2013] EWHC 283 (QB); [2013] EWHC 332 (QB) - High Court (QBD)

Judge Tugendhat J

Tamiz v Google Inc

Defamation - liability of ISPs - Publisher - Defamation Act 1996 - Google Inc

[2013] EWCA Civ 68 - Court of Appeal

Judge Master of the Rolls, Richards LJ, Sullivan LJ

Al Amoudi v Kifle

Libel - assessment of damages

[2013] EWHC 293 (QB) - QBD

Judge Eady J

Cruddas v Adams

Defamation - Libel - Assessment of Damages - Twitter - Blog - s.12 Defamation Act 1952

[2013] EWHC 145 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Henry v News Group Newspapers Ltd (Costs) (CA)

Summary costs – defamation – costs budgeting – Defamation Proceedings Costs Management Scheme – Practice Direction PD51D – ‘good reason’

[2013] EWCA Civ 19 - Court of Appeal

Judge Moore-Bick LJ, Aikens LJ, Black LJ, Costs Assessor Campbell

KC v MGN Ltd (Costs)

Defamation - Offer of Amends - Costs

[2013] EWCA Civ 3 - Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Judge The Lord Chief Justice; Lord Neuberger; Eady J

Miller v Associated Newspapers Ltd

Defamation - libel - justification - cronyism - willing beneficiary - Chase level 2 meaning - reasonable grounds to suspect  - what has to be proved - whether proof made out - abuse of process - disproportionate cost - damages

[2012] EWHC 3721 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Sharp J

Cammish v Hughes (CA)

Libel – meaning – fact or comment – honest comment and single meaning rule - Jameel abuse – costs as a condition of dismissal

[2012] EWCA Civ 1655 - Court of Appeal

Judge Arden LJ; Lloyd Jones LJ; Tugendhat J

Mengi v Hermitage (No 2)

Libel - internet blog - justification - reply to attack qualified privilege

[2012] EWHC 3445 (QB) - High Court, Queen's Bench Division

Judge The Honourable Mr Justice Bean

Ansari v Knowles

Defamation – joint tortfeasors – settlement with one joint tortfeasor – release of cause of action – satisfaction – Jameel abuse

[2012] EWHC 3137 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Cairns v Modi; KC v MGN Ltd

Defamation - Appeal - Damages

[2012] EWCA Civ 1382 - Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Judge The Lord Chief Justice; Lord Neuberger; Eady J

Qadir v Associated Newspapers Ltd

Defamation - qualified privilege - s 15 Defamation Act 1996 - Schedule to 1996 Act - document on public register - Particulars of Claim - extract - fair and accurate - of public concern - publication for public benefit - malice - recklessness - indifference -  common law qualified privilege - court reporting - contemporaneous - s14 Defamation Act 1996 - absolute privilege

[2012] EWHC 2606 (QB); [2013] EMLR 15 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Mengi v Hermitage (security for costs appeal)

Defamation - Libel - Security for costs - Costs Budgeting – Conditional Fee Agreement

[2012] EWHC 2045 (QB); [2012] 5 Costs LO 641 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Mr Justice Tugendhat

Crow v Johnson

Defamation - meaning - capability - strike out - CPR 3.4

[2012] EWHC 1982 (QB) - High Court (QBD)

Judge Tugendhat J

Tilbrook v Parr

Tilbrook- Parr- defamation- malicious falsehood- whether words capable of referring to Claimant- strike out –summary judgment

[2012] EWHC 1946 (QB) - QBD

Judge Tugendhat J

Tilbrook v Parr

Defamation - Reference

[2012] EWHC 1946 (QB) - High Court

Judge Tugendhat J

Bento v Chief Constable of Bedfordshire Police

Bento- Chief Constable of Bedfordshire Police- CPS- murder- press release- defamation- justification- qualified privilege- informing the public- reply to attack- trial- damages award

[2012] EWHC 1525 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Bean J

Henry v News Group Newspapers Ltd (costs)

Summary costs – defamation – costs budgeting – Defamation Proceedings Costs Management Scheme – Practice Direction PD51D – ‘good reason’

PTH 1106483 - High Court (Senior Costs Office)

Judge Senior Costs Judge Hurst

King v Grundon

Libel - strike out - Jameel abuse

[2012] All ER (D) 96 (May) - High Court

Judge Sharp J

Hunt v Times Newspapers Ltd (No. 2)

David Hunt- Times Newspapers Limited- TNL- defamation- Reynolds privilege- justification- strike out application- Flood v Times Newspapers Ltd [2012] UKSC 11

[2012] EWHC 1220 (QB) - QBD

Judge Eady J

Cammish v Hughes

Libel - meaning - strike out - Jameel - Thornton

[2012] EWHC 976 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division, High Court (Cardiff DR)

Judge HHJ Chambers QC (sitting as a Judge of the High Court)

Foley & Others v Lord Ashcroft

Defamation - libel - The Independent - allegations of involvement in corruption - pleading - justification - honest comment - defences struck out - application for permission to amend by adding back both defences - application dismissed - appeals - threshold requirements for pleading - clarity - precision of indictment - pleading fraud - appeals dismissed

[2012] EWCA Civ 423; [2012] EMLR 25 - Court of Appeal

Judge Pill LJ, Elias LJ, Sharp J

Church v MGN Limited

Defamation - libel - ruling on meaning - procedure - application for ruling without a hearing - direction for hearing - open justice - costs

[2012] EWHC 693 (QB); [2012] EMLR 28 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Cairns v Modi No 2

Defamation - justification - guilt - reasonable grounds to suspect - aggravated damages

[2012] EWHC 756 (QB) - QBD

Judge Bean J

Flood v Times Newspapers Limited (SC)

Libel - Reynolds privilege - Public interest - Responsible journalism

[2012] UKSC 11 - Supreme Court

Judge Lords Phillips, Brown, Mance, Clarke and Dyson

Weston v Bates

Libel - service of claim form - service abroad - service of original or copy

[2012] EWHC 590 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

KC v MGN

Defamation - offer of amends - damages

[2012] EWHC 483 (QB) - High Court Queen's Bench Division

Judge Bean J

Spelman v Express Newspapers (No. 2)

Injunction - Privacy - Public Interest -  Bonnard v Perryman -  Minors - Article 8 - Article 10

[2012] EWHC 355 (QB) - High Court, Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Spelman v Express Newspapers (No.1)

Injunction - Privacy - Public Interest -  Bonnard v Perryman - Anonymity of Parties - Minors - Article 8 - Article 10 - Preservation of Anonymity pending appeal

[2012] EWHC 239 - High Court, Queen's Bench Division

Judge Lindblom J

Cambridge v Makin

Defamation - libel - qualified privilege - malice

[2012] EWCA Civ 85 - Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Judge Hughes, Black and Tomlinson LJJ

Hunt v Times Newspapers Ltd

Defamation - strike out - CPR 3.4 - Justification - Reynolds privilege

[2012] EWHC 110 (QB) - QBD

Judge Eady J

Dell’Olio v Associated Newspapers Ltd

Libel - ruling on meaning - whether pleaded meaning possible - approach to question whether words can bear any other defamatory meaning - relevance of Pre-Action Protocol and letter of claim - pleaded meaning impossible - C identified no other meaning of which she might complain - action dismissed

[2011] EWHC 3272 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Morrison v Buckinghamshire County Council

Libel – public authority defendant – qualified privilege for public authority – amendment – malice – summary judgment

[2011] EWHC 3444 (QB) - Queens Bench Division

Judge HH Judge Richard Parkes QC sitting as a Judge of the High Court

Zinda v ARK Academies

Defamation - limitation - discretion to disappy limitation - qualified privilege - malice

[2011] EWHC 3394 (QB) - High Court (Queen's Bench Division)

Judge Eady J

Dominic Raab MP v Associated Newspapers Ltd

Libel - application for stay  - strike out - abuse of process - overriding objective - Art 10 ECHR - ability to defend a claim - Dominic Raab MP - Associated Newspapers Ltd - employment dispute - settlement agreement - confidentiality clause

[2011] EWHC 3375 (QB) - QBD

Judge Tugendhat J

Terluk v Berezovsky (No.2)

Defamation -appeal- damages- meaning- liability for republication- privilege- justification – fresh evidence - jury trial

[2011] EWCA Civ 1534 - Court of Appeal

Judge Chancellor of the High Court, Laws LJ and Rafferty J

Waterson v Lloyd (No 2)

Amendment - part 24 - summary judgment - delay - justification

[2011] EWHC 3292 (QB) - QBD

Judge Tugendhat J

Cooper v Turrell

Libel - breach of confidence - misuse of private information - assessment of damages - injunctions

[2011] EWHC 3269 (QB) - High Court, QBD

Judge Tugendhat J

Waterson v Lloyd

summary judgment - part 24 - defamation - comment or fact - meaning - innuendo meaning - honest comment - newspapers - elections

[2011] EWHC 3197 (QB) - QBD

Judge Tugendhat J

McKeown v Attheraces Ltd (No 2)

Libel - jockey - broadcast interview - allegations of deliberate non-trying - permission to amend defence - adding Reynolds defence - other defences - reporting privilege - comment - justification - mode of trial - preliminary issue - C was a senior jockey who sued D for libel over a broadcast interview which he argued meant that he was a corrut jockey who had repeatedly, for corrupt reasons, stopped horses from winning. The defences were privilege, honest comment and justificaiton. The court held that the trial of the issues raised should be by Judge alone, but that all the issues should be tried together.

[2011] EWHC 3232 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Davison v Habeeb & Ors

Defamation – Service out of jurisdiction - Internet blogs – Liability of blog hosting provider for publication at common law – Immunity under Reg. 19 Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations 2002

[2011] EWHC 3031 (QB) - QBD

Judge HHJ Richard Parkes QC

Miller v Associated Newspapers Limited (No 2)

Defamation - Libel - Trial of Preliminary Issue on Meaning - Whether words complained of are defamatory - The actual meaning of the words complained of

[2011] EWHC 2677 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Tesla Motors Ltd v BBC

Malicious Falsehood - Particulars of Claim - Particulars of Damage - Defamation Act 1952 s. 3

[2011] EWHC 2760 (QB) - High Court QBD

Judge Tugendhat J

Crookes v Newton

Defamation - Publication - Liability for Hyperlinks - Internet - Supreme Court of Canada

2011 SCC 47 - Supreme Court Canada

Judge McLachlin C.J. and Binnie, LeBel, Deschamps, Fish, Abella, Charron, Rothstein and Cromwell JJ

Sleeman v Panchaud

Defamation -- Injunctions - Without Notice Injunctions - Bonnard v Perryman - Practice & Procedure - s.110 Patents Act 1997 - Unauthorised Claim of Patent Rights

- Queen's Bench Division

Judge Mr Justice Tugendhat

Al-Amoudi v Kifle

Libel - assessment of damages

[2011] EWHC 2037 (QB) - QBD

Judge HHJ Richard Parkes QC

Farid El Diwany v Ministry of Justice

immunity of states - defamation - Lugano convention 2007 - strike out - abuse of process - internet publication

[2011] EWHC 2077 (QB) - QBD

Judge Sharp J

Modi & IMG v Clarke

Appeal - Permission to Appeal - Defamation - Libel - Meaning - Whether the Judge was correct to rule that the words complained of were incapable of bearing any meaning defamatory of either Claimant

[2011] EWCA Civ 937 - Court of Appeal

Judge Master of the Rolls, Thomas and Moses LLJ

Lait v Evening Standard Ltd (CA)

Libel - MPs' expenses - Honest comment - Summary judgment - Justification - Jameel abuse - Summary judgment for D on honest comment - Residual claims dismissed as an abuse - Appeal - Single meaning rule - Alleged breach of rule by Judge - Single meaning rule applies to comment - Judge did not err - Jameel jurisdiction part of law's balancing of rights

[2011] EWCA Civ 859; [2011] 1 WLR 2973; [2012] EMLR 4 - Court of Appeal

Judge Lord Neuberger MR, Laws & Longmore LJJ

Wright v Caan

Defamation - Libel - Meaning - Natural and ordinary meaning - Innuendo meaning - Whether words complained of capable of bearing meanings pleaded - Whether innuendo properly pleaded - Malicious falsehood - Whether words complained of capable of being likely to cause pecuniary damage - Whether claims in malicious falsehood properly pleaded - Application to amend particulars of claim

[2011] EWHC 1978 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge HHJ Parkes QC

Thornton v Telegraph Group (No. 4)

Defamation - Malicious Falsehood - offer of amends - malice - knowledge - Defamation Act 1996

[2011] EWHC 1884 (QB) - High Court, Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Ashcroft v Foley (No 2)

Libel - pleading - justification - honest comment - application for permission to amend - serious allegations - clarity - particularity - relevance - evidential sufficiency - test for pleading justification of serious allegations

[2011] EWHC 1710 (QB); [2011] EMLR 30 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Caplin v Associated Newspapers Ltd

Defamation - Meaning - Capability - Bane and antidote - CPR PD 53 4.1

[2011] EWHC 1567 (QB) - High Court Queen's Bench Division

Judge Sharp J

Modi v Clarke; IMG v Clarke

Defamation - Libel - Costs - Defamation Proceedings Costs Management Scheme - Practice Direction 51D - Whether it is necessary or appropriate under the Scheme to refer a Master or Judge to settlement offers

[2011] EWHC 1324 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Bacon v Automattic Inc

Libel - Disclosure - Norwich Pharmacal - Foreign Websites - Respondents outside jurisdiction - Permission to serve application outside jurisdiction - alternative service of Claim Form by e-mail - Jurisdiction to order

[2011] EWHC 1072 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Awdry Bailey and Douglas v Kordowski

Libel - strike out - summary judgment - publisher  -  section 1 Defamation Act 1996 - qualified privilege - abuse of process - amendments - online publication

[2011] EWHC 785 (QB) - High Court, QBD

Judge Tugendhat J

White v Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust

Libel - strike out - summary judgment - absolute privilege - qualified privilege - communications to professional bodies - General Medicial Council - use of material disclosed in the course of proceedings

[2011] EWHC 825 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Lewis v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis

Defamation - Libel - Mode of trial - Senior Courts Act s.69 - Meaning - Amendment - Qualified privilege - Malice - Abuse

[2011] EWHC 781 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Cook v Telegraph Media Group Ltd

Defamation - Part 24 - Justification - Honest comment - Reynolds privilege - Mode of trial

[2011] EWHC 763 (QB - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Bowker v RSPB

Defamation – Libel - Defamatory meaning - Mode of trial – Summary judgment - Qualified privilege – Malice – Scientific issues

[2011] EWHC 737 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Sharp J

Baturina v Times Newspapers Ltd (CA)

Defamation – Innuendo meanings – Strict liability – Requirement to plead publishees with knowledge of relevant facts – Liability for third party re-publications - Foreseeability of damage – Jameel abuse of process

[2011] EWCA Civ 308 - Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Judge Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury MR, Sedley and Hooper LJJ

Henry v News Group Newspapers Ltd (No 2)

Libel – Non-party disclosure – CPR 31.17 - Public interest as a ground for resisting disclosure

[2011] EWHC 296 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Hunt v Evening Standard Ltd

Libel - Strike out - Justification - Relevance of particulars of justification - Evidence of general bad character - Admissibility - CPR r.3.4(2)

[2011] EWHC 272 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Ashcroft v Foley

Defamation - Libel - Justification - Fair comment - Honest comment - Reynolds Privilege - Strike out Defamation - Libel - Further information - Whether corporate defendant could be ordered to provide information about its means and ability to pay a costs order

[2011] EWHC 292 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Brady v Norman (No 2) (CA)

Defamation - limitation - section 32A of the Limitation Act 1980 - s.33 Limitation Act 1980

[2011] EWCA Civ 107 - Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Judge Sir Anthony May P, Smith LJ and Aikens LJ

McKeown v Attheraces Ltd

Libel - jockey - disciplinary proceedings - findings of non-trying - appeal - unsuccessful judicial review - broadcast interview with jockey - defence of qualified privilege - defence of honest comment - applications by defendant - summary judgment - striking out - abuse of process - no real and substantial tort - re-litigation abuse - application dismissed

[2011] EWHC 179 (QB); [2011] ISLR, SLR-163 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Thornton v Telegraph Media Group Ltd (No 3)

Defamation – Malicious falsehood – Amendment – Application to amend defence to malicious falsehood claim to plead honest comment – Whether amendment should be permitted

[2011] EWHC 159 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Wallis v Meredith

Libel - Abuse of process - Jameel - Publication only to Claimant's solicitor - Reliance on Defendant's refusal to specify further publishees as evidence of further publications

[2011] EWHC 75 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Christopher Clarke J

Woodbridge v Stapleton

Libel - Qualified privilege - Malice - Summary judgment - Strike out - Jameel v Dow Jones - Abuse of process - Proportionality

Unreported, 20 January 2011 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Mackay J

Henry v News Group Newspapers Ltd

Libel – Non-party disclosure – CPR 31.17

Unreported, 13 January 2011 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Jan Cambridge v Guillermo Makin

Libel - trial - judge alone - justification - qualified privilege - malice - joint tortfeasors - damages

[2011] EWHC 12(QB) - QBD

Judge Mr Justice Tugendhat

Clift v Slough Borough Council (CA)

Defamation - Libel - Qualified privilege -  Local Authority duties - Public Authorities - Anti-social behaviour - Violent Persons Register - Article 8 - Necessity and proportionality of publication - Human Rights Act 1998

[2010] EWCA Civ 1171 - Court of Appeal

Judge Ward, Thomas, Richards LLJ

Lait v Evening Standard Ltd (No 2)

Libel - Defamation - Honest comment - Abuse of process - Summary judgment - Meaning

[2010] EWHC 3239 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Hayden & Anor v Charlton; Hayden & Anor v Carver

Libel - Striking out - Delay - Non compliance with court orders - CPR Rule 3.4(2)(c) - Litigants in Person - Article 10, ECHR

[2010] EWHC 3144 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Sharp J

Spiller v Joseph

Defamation - Fair comment - Extent to which defence requires that the comment should identify the matter to which it relates

[2010] UKSC 53 - The Supreme Court

Judge Lords Phillips, Rodger, Walker and Brown and Sir John Dyson

Terluk v Berezovsky (CA)

Defamation - Adjournment – Refusal of adjournment – Delay – Legal representation – Fair trial – Litigant in person - Right to jury trial - Waiver

[2010] EWCA Civ 1345 - Court of Appeal

Judge Mummery and Sedley LJJ

Daniels v BBC

Defamation - Meaning - Summary judgment - Malice - Civil restraint order

[2010] EWHC 3057 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Sharp J

Cairns v Modi

Libel – Publication – Twitter – Preliminary issue – Substantial tort – Abuse of process

[2010] EWHC 2859 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Ernst & Young v Coomber

Defamation - Summary disposal - Damages - Civil Restraint Order

[2010] EWHC 2837 (QB) & 2838 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Ifedha v Archant Regional Ltd

Libel - Stay - Application to lift stay - Strike out - CPR r.3.4(2) - Reasonable grounds for bringing claim - Abuse of process - Summary judgment - Qualified privilege - s.15, Defamation Act 1996 - Report of council press release - Justification

[2010] EWHC 2819 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

McLaughlin v London Borough of Lambeth

Defamation – Human Rights Act 1998 – Arts 8 and 10 ECHR - Striking out – Rule in Derbyshire v Times Newspapers – collateral purpose – Jameel abuse of process

[2010] EWHC 2726 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Ronaldo v Telegraph Media Limited

Defamation - Libel - Abuse of process - Whether action should be struck out in accordance with Jameel v Dow Jones - Section 12 Defamation Act 1952 - Actions against different publishers - Whether settlement with one makes it an abuse to continue against the other

[2010] EWHC 2719 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Sharp J

Driza v Mirror Group Newspapers Ltd

Libel - privacy - limitation period - publication - abuse of process

[2010] EWHC 2829 (QB) - High Court, Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Farrall v Kordowski

Libel - Interim injunction - Freedom of expression - s.12 Human Rights Act 1998 - Article 10, ECHR - 'Solicitors from Hell' website

[2010] EWHC 2436 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Islam Expo Ltd v The Spectator (1828) Ltd & Pollard

Defamation - Libel - Reference - Context - Hyperlinks - Whether, in context, words capable of referring to claimant in pleaded defamatory meaning

[2010] EWHC 2011 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Peacock v MGN Ltd (Costs)

Defamation - Libel -  Costs - Conditional fee agreement - Staged success fee - Whether amount of success fee sought reasonable - Proportionality - Whether overall fees claimed reasonable

[2010] EWHC 90174 (Costs) - Senior Courts Costs Office

Judge Master Campbell, Costs Judge

Kaschke v Gray & Hilton (No 2)

Libel - Abuse of process - Strike out - Damages award out of proportion to time and costs

[2010] EWHC 1907 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Stadlen J

Flood v Times Newspapers Ltd (CA)

Libel - Reynolds privilege - Public interest - Responsible journalism - Continued internet publication following receipt of new information - Appellate jurisdiction

[2010] EWCA Civ 804; [2010] EMLR 26; [2010] HRLR 30; Times, July 27, 2010 - Court of Appeal

Judge Master of the Rolls, Moore-Bick LJ, Moses LJ

Mariapori v Finland

Defamation - Freedom of expression - Article 10, ECHR

Application no. 37751/07 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Bratza, Garlicki, Mijovi, Bjrgvinsson, ikuta, Poalelungi, Niemi, Early

Fiddes v Channel Four Television Corporation & Ors (No 2) (CA)

Libel - Mode of trial - Jury or judge alone - Prolonged examination of documents - Convenience of trial with jury - Discretion - s.69 Senior Courts Act 1981

[2010] EWCA Civ 730 - Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Judge Neuberger MR, Maurice Kay VP and Sedley LJJ

Khader v Aziz & Ors (CA)

Defamation – Slander - Strike out - Summary judgment - Abuse of process – Qualified privilege – Reply to attack -Skeleton argument

[2010] EWCA Civ 716 - Court of Appeal

Judge May P, Carnwith and Moore-Bick LJJ

Thornton v Telegraph Media Group Ltd (No 2)

Defamation – Libel – Summary judgment - Determination of meaning – Whether words capable of bearing defamatory meaning –  Threshold of seriousness

[2010] EWHC 1414 (QB); [2010] EMLR 25 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Brady v Norman (No 2)

Libel - Slander - Limitation period - Disapplication of limitation period - s.32A Limitation Act 1980 - Appeal

[2010] EWHC 1215 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Hays Plc v Hartley

Defamation - Abuse of process - No real or substantial tort - Collateral purpose - Qualified privilege - Reynolds privilege

[2010] EWHC 1068 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Sanders v Percy & Ministry of Justice (No 2)

Defamation - Slander - Delay - Strike out - Unless order - Relief from sanction - CPR r.3.9

Unreported, 12 May 2010 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Master Leslie

Dee v Telegraph Media Group Ltd (No 2)

Libel - Summary judgment - Defamatory meaning - Whether articles in newspaper to be read together - Justification - Fair comment - Whether real prospect of rebutting defences

[2010] EWHC 924 (QB); [2010] EMLR 20 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Sharp J

Bowman v MGN Ltd

Libel - Offer to make amends - Defamation Act 1996, ss.2 - 4 - Compensation - Costs - Rejection of settlement offers

[2010] EWHC 895 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

British Chiropractic Association v Singh (CA)

Libel – Fair comment (‘honest opinion’) – Whether words fact or comment/opinion

[2010] EWCA Civ 350; [2011] EMLR 1 - Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Judge Judge LCJ, Neuberger MR and Sedley LJ

Miller v Associated Newspapers Limited

Defamation - Libel - Defamatory meaning - CPR 53 PD 4.1 - Whether words complained of are capable of bearing the meanings pleaded in the Particulars of Claim - Whether words complained of are capable of bearing any meaning defamatory of the Claimant

[2010] EWHC 700 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Lait v Evening Standard Ltd

Libel - Meaning - Aggravated damages

[2010] EWHC 642 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Fiddes v Channel 4 Television Corporation & Ors (CA)

Defamation - Civil Evidence - Disclosure - Duty of Search - Electronic Documents - Deleted Emails - Restoration of Back up tapes - CPR Practice Direction 31

[2010] EWCA Civ 516 - Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Judge Pill LJ, Smith LJ, Wilson LJ

Bridle v Williams

Defamation - Slander - Strike out - Summary judgment - Qualified privilege - Malice - Abuse of process

HQ09X02688 - High Court

Judge Master Fontaine

Mireskandari v Associated Newspapers Ltd (No 2)

Media Law - Defamation - Libel - Disclosure - CPR 31.22 - Corrective witness statement to explain change of stance - CPR 18 - Appeal from decision of Master whether to Order the Claimant to produce the original of his United States Security Card

[2010] EWHC 527 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Sharp J

Fedchenko v Russia (No 2)

Defamation - Human rights - Article 10, European Convention on Human Rights

Application no. 48195/06 - European Court of Human Rights (First Section)

Judge Rozakis P, Vajic, Kovler, Hajiyev, Speilmann, Jebens, Nicolaou

Kubaszewski v Poland

Defamation - Human Rights - Article 10, ECHR

Application no. 571/04 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Bratza P, Garlicki, Bonello, Mijovic, Hirvela, Bianku, Vucinic

Williams v MGN Ltd

Libel - Abuse of process - Defamatory meaning - Limitation - Strike out - Real and substantial tort

[2009] EWHC 3150 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Karsai v Hungary

Defamation - Human Rights - Article 10, ECHR - Comment

Application No. 5380/07 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Tulkens P, Barreto, Jociene, Sajo, Tsotsoria, Karakas

DW v The Scottish Ministers

Legal aid - Defamation - Scottish law - Availability of legal aid for claim - Civil Legal Aid for Defamation or Verbal Injury Proceedings (Scotland) Directions 2007 and 2008

[2009] CSOH 151 - Outer House, Court of Session

Judge Lord Wheatley

Thornton v Telegraph Media Group Ltd

Defamation – Libel - Fair comment – Striking out - Words capable of being comment – Facts not truly stated by reviewer - s.6 Defamation Act 1952

[2009] EWHC 2863 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Sir Charles Gray

Lonzim Plc & others v Sprague

Defamation - Slander - Libel - Publication - Extent of publication - Internet publication - Abuse of process - Striking out - Summary judgment - Foreign publisher - Aggravated damages - Striking out - No real damage - Vindication - Injunction - Proportionality

[2009] EWHC 2838 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Ecclestone v Telegraph Media Group Ltd

Defamation - Libel - Meaning - CPR PD 53 para 4.1 - Whether words complained capable of being defamatory

[2009] EWHC 2779 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Sharp J

Winslet v Associated Newspapers Ltd

Defamation - Libel - Offer of Amends - ss.2-4 Defamation Act 1996- Statement in open court - Unilateral statement in open court after offer of amends - CPR 53PD para 6.1

[2009] EWHC 2735 (QB); [2010] EMLR 11 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Karim v Newsquest Media Group

Libel - Absolute privilege - s.14 Defamation Act 1996 - Fair and accurate report of court proceedings - Regulation 19, E-commerce Regulations 2002 - User-generated content

[2009] EWHC 3205 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Europapress Holding D.O.O v Croatia

Freedom of expression - Article 10 - Defamation - Whether interference "necessary in a democratic society" - Proportionality

Application no. 25333/06 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Rozakis P, Vajic, Hajiyev, Spielmann, Jebens, Malinverni, Nicolaou

Joseph & others v Spiller & another

Defamation - Fair comment - s.6 Defamation Act 1952 - Public interest - Words capable of being comment - Justification - Breach of contract - Employment Agencies & Employment Business Regulations 2003

[2009] EWCA Civ 1075 - Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Judge Pill, Hooper, Wilson LJJ

Kahangi & Ors v Nourizadeh

Defamation - security for costs - resident out of jurisdiction - enforcement - Iran - discretion

[2009] EWHC 2451 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Bloom v Robinson-Millar

Defamation - Libel - Harassment - Trial of action - Neighbour dispute - Publication of letters over a long period - Whether course of conduct was harassment of claimant - Damages

07/10/2009 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Sharp J

Flood v Times Newspapers Ltd

Defamation - Allegations published in print and on website - Reynolds privilege - Preliminary issue - Police officer - Allegation of corruption - Police investigation - Anonymous ources

[2009] EWHC 2375 (QB); [2010] EMLR 8 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Marathon Mutual Ltd & Anor v Waters & Anor

Defamation - Libel - Slander - Malicious falsehood - Whether the tort of malicious falsehood requires reference to the claimant in the words complained of - Whether pleadings needed to be amended

[2009] EWHC 1931 (QB), [2009] All ER (D) 06 (Aug) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge HHJ Moloney QC

McLaughlin & Ors v Newall

Defamation – Striking out - Defence of compromise

[2009] EWHC 1925 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge HHJ Moloney QC sitting as a Judge of the High Court

Sanders v Percy & Ministry of Justice

Slander - Strike out - Slander actionable per se - Harrassment - Abuse of process - Jameel abuse

[2009] EWHC 1870 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge HHJ Moloney QC (sitting as a Judge of the High Court)

Desmond v Bower (CA)

Defamation - Libel -Justification - Similar fact evidence - Admissibility to prove specific charge

[2009] EWCA Civ 667 - Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Judge Rix and Wilson LJJ

Clift v Slough Borough Council & Kelleher

Defamation - Libel - Qualified privilege - Malice - Local Authority duties - Anti-social behaviour - Violent Persons Register - Necessity and proportionality of publication - Human Rights Act 1998

[2009] EWHC 1550 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Levi v Bates

Defamation - Libel - Meaning - Qualified privilege - Justification - Fair Comment - Damages

[2009] EWHC 1495 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Sir Charles Gray (Sitting as a Judge of the High Court)

Johnson v MGN Ltd

Libel - Meaning - Innuendo - CPR 53, PD 4.1 - Whether words capable of bearing pleaded defamatory meanings

[2009] EWHC 1481 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Bray v Deutsche Bank AG (No 2)

Libel - Part 24 - Publication - Successive Part 24 applications - Malice - qualified privilege - preliminary issues

[2009] EWHC 1356 (QB); [2009] EMLR 12 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Monks v Warwick District Council

Defamation – Libel – Strike out - Meaning - Malice – Damages claim – General loss of custom and business – Amendments – Special damages - Exemplary damages - CPR r.3.1 – Summary judgment – Whether real prospect of success – CPR Part 24.2

[2009] EWHC 959 (QB) - Queens Bench Division

Judge Sharp J

Karako v Hungary

Defamation - Libel - Criminal proceedings - Right to respect for private life - Article 8, European Convention on Human Rights - Freedom of expression - Article 10, European Convention on Human Rights - Political campaign - Value judgments

Application no. 39311/05 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Tulkens P., Barreto, Zagrebelsky, Jociene, Popovic, Sajo, Karakas

Peacock v MGN Ltd

Defamation – Libel – Costs capping order – Conditional fee agreement – After the event insurance – New costs capping rules - Whether a costs cap should be ordered

[2009] EWHC 769 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Noorani v Calver (No 2 Costs)

Defamation - Libel - Discontinuance - Indemnity costs - Payment on account - Conditional fee agreements

[2009] EWHC 592 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division, Liverpool District Registry

Judge Coulson J

Noorani v Calver (No 1)

Defamation - Slander - Vulgar abuse - Actionability per se - Abuse of process - Real and substantial tort

[2009] EWHC 561 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division, Liverpool District Registry

Judge Coulson J

Times Newspapers Ltd (Nos 1 and 2) v The United Kingdom

Freedom of expression - Article 10 ECHR - Libel - Internet publication - Archives - Qualified privilege - Reynolds privilege - Freedom of expression - Article 10 ECHR - Single publication rule - Internet publication rule

Application nos 3002/03 and 23676/03; [2009] EMLR 14 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Garlicki J, President, Bratza, Bonello, Mijovic, Hirvela, Bianku, Vucinic, Early JJ

Flood v Times Newspapers Ltd (Third Party Disclosure)

Defamation - Libel - Third-party Disclosure Order - CPR Part 31.17 - Classes of document - Likely to support a party's case - Confidentiality/privacy interests of third parties mentioned in the documents - Necessity for disclosure order - Discretion

[2009] EWHC 411 (QB); [2009] EMLR 18 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Radu v Houston & Another (No.4)

Libel - Justification - Pleading of a Chase level 2 defence - Striking out

[2009] EWHC 398 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Eerikäinen & Ors v Finland

Freedom of Expression - Privacy – European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms 1950 Article 10 – Freedom of the press - Reporting on pending criminal proceedings – Photos - Public interest

Application no. 3514/02 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Bratza J President, Garlicki, Bonello, Mijovic, Hirvella, Bianku and Vucinic JJ

Wall Street Journal Europe Sprl v UK (Admissibility)

Human rights - Admissibility - Freedom of expression - Article 10, European Convention on Human Rights - Fair trial - Article 6, European Convention on Human Rights - Defamation - Reynolds privilege - Jury directions - Presumption of falsity - Meaning

Application no. 28577/05 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge

Wakefield v Ford & Anor

Defamation - Libel - Contract - Malice - Costs - Discontinuance by Claimant - Whether Claimant could accept an 'offer' made by Defendant in without prejudice save as to costs correspondence - Indemnity costs - Payment on account of costs

[2009] EWHC 122 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

John v Guardian News & Media Ltd

Defamation – Libel – Meaning – Ruling on meaning – Whether words capable of bearing contended meaning – Comment

[2008] EWHC 3066 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Crossley & Crossley v Newsquest (Midlands South) Limited

Libel – Privacy - Summary judgment – Absolute privilege – Qualified privilege – Fair comment – Malice – Abuse of process - Newspaper article reporting neighbours’ dispute

[2008] EWHC 3054 (QB) - High Court

Judge Eady J

Tycon Energy Corp v The Motley Fool Limited

Defamation - Libel - Internet postings - Norwich Pharmacal order - Anonymous representations by posters - Costs

Unreported, 9 December 2008 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Mireskandari v Associated Newspapers Ltd

Defamation - Extension of Time for Service of a Defence - Solicitors duty to make own investigation of facts independent of their client

19/11/2008 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Master Fontaine

H v Tomlinson

Privacy - Human Rights Act claim for an Article 8 right to reputation - Defamation - Justification - Common sting

[2008] EWCA Civ 1258 - Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Judge Ward, Sedley and Longmore LJJ

Hayter v Fahie

Defamation - Libel - Qualified privilege - Malice - Summary judgment

[2008] EWCA Civ 1336 - Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Judge Sir Anthony May (President QB), Wilson and Rimer LJJ

Hughes v Alan Dick & Co Ltd

Defamation - Slander - Absolute privilege - Qualified privilege - Malice - Default judgment - Setting aside - CPR r.13.3(1)

[2008] EWHC 2695 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Hussein v Farooq & Sheik

Defamation - Slander - Adequacy of evidence - Proof of oral publication - Slander actionable without proof of special damage

[2008] EWHC 2487 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Brady v Norman

Defamation - Libel - Qualified privilege - Defamatory meaning - Internet publication - Trade journal

[2008] EWHC 2481 (QB) - Queen's Bench Divison

Judge Richard Parkes QC sitting as a Deputy Judge

Apsion v The Bar Standards Board

Appeal from the Disciplinary Tribunal of the Council of the Inns of Court - Whether Tribunal had been correct to conclude that the appellant did not have sufficient competence or expertise to advise in a defamation claim - Whether the charges infringed the Appellant's Art 10 rights

D2006/098&099 - Visitors to Lincoln's Inn

Judge King J, Ms Marion Smith, Mr David Hall

Crossley & Anor v Wallace & Anor

Defamation - libel - abuse of process - no reasonable basis for bringing a claim - review of Master's decision under CPR 3.4(2)(a) and (b) - ruling on meaning

[2008] EWHC 2846 (QB) - High Court, QBD

Judge Openshaw J.

Berezovsky v Russian State Television & Another

Defamation - Libel - Foreign broadcaster - Jurisdiction - Fair trial - Defence not justiciable - Anonymity of sources - s.10 Contempt of Court Act 1981

[2008] EWHC 1918 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Smith v ADVFN Plc & Ors (No 2)

Defamation - Libel - Stay - Postings on internet bulletin board - Whether to be treated as libels or slanders

[2008] EWHC 1797 (QB) - Queens Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Ewing v News International & Ors

Vexatious litigant - Leave to bring proceedings - Media organisations - Defamation - Libel - Harassment - Privacy - Chilling effect - Disproportionality

[2008] EWHC 1390 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Coulson J

Warren v The Random House Group Ltd (Nos.1-3) (CA)

Defamation – Libel – Offer of Amends – Defamation Act 1996 – Justification – Articles 6 & 10 ECHR - Burstein particulars – Aggravated damages – Disclosure – Lucas Box meaning - Polly Peck – Severable and distinct charges

[2008] EWCA Civ 834; [2009] QB 600; [2009] EMLR 1 - Court of Appeal

Judge Sir Anthony Clarke MR, May & Wilson LJJ

Radu v Houston & Another (No.3) (CA)

Defamation - Libel - Reynolds privilege - Public interest - Obtaining comment - Gist of claimant's position

[2008] EWCA Civ 921; [2009] EMLR 13 - Court of Appeal

Judge May LJ, Moore-Bick LJ, Lawrence Collins LJ

Westcott v Westcott (CA)

Defamation - Libel - Slander - Defences - Absolute privilege - Whether complaints to police are covered by absolute or qualified privilege - Preliminary issue

[2008] EWCA Civ 818; [2009] 2 WLR 838; [2009] 1 All ER 727; [2009] EMLR 2 - Court of Appeal

Judge Ward, Sedley, Stanley Burton LJJ

Mond & Ors v Mason & Ors

Libel - Malicious falsehood - Causing loss by unlawful means - Freezing order - Good arguable case - Real risk of removal or disposal of assets - Injunction restraining publication

[2008] EWHC 1649 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Gray J

Kieren Fallon v MGN Limited (No 3)

Justification of Level 2 Meaning - Reasonable Grounds to suspect the Claimant of complicity in race-fixing - Whether adverse expert evidence on manner of Claimant's race riding is essential to the viability of the Defence

- Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Bray v Deutsche Bank AG

Defamation - Libel - Qualified privilege - Malice - Anonymity of witnesses

[2008] EWHC 1263 (QB); [2009] EMLR 12 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Alitha Publishing Ltd & Constantinides v Cyprus

Defamation - Article 10 - Reynolds privilege - Responsible journalism - Justification - Fair comment - Qualified privilege - Burdens of proof - Article 8

Application No 17550/03 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Rozakis P, Vajic, Hajiyev, Spielmann, Jebens, Malinverni, and Nicolatos

Curistan v Times Newspapers Ltd (CA)

Defamation - Libel - Meaning - Qualified privilege - Repetition rule - Single-meaning rule - Preliminary issue

[2008] EWCA Civ 432; The Times, 6 May 2008 - Court of Appeal

Judge Lord Phillips CJ, Laws & Arden LJJ

Gur v Avrupa Newspaper Ltd & Anor (CA)

Defamation - Libel - Damages - Article 6, ECHR - Reference to personal injury awards

[2008] EWCA Civ 594; [2009] EMLR 4 - Court of Appeal

Judge Buxton, Tuckey, Dyson LJJ

Smith v ADVFN Plc (CA)

Defamation - Norwich Pharmacal disclosure – Defamatory material on bulletin board

[2008] EWCA Civ 518 - Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Judge May and Moore-Bick LJJ

Kulis v Poland

Human rights - Freedom of expression - Article 10, European Convention on Human Rights - Defamation - Publication of interview - Politician - Matter of public interest - Fact/value judgment dichotomy

Application No. 15601/02 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Bratza (President), Garlicki, Bonello, Pavlovschi, Mijoviæ, Šikuta, and Hirvelä (Judges)

Rath v Guardian News & Media Limited & Anor

Libel - Striking out - Summary judgment - Defence - Justification - Severable and distinct allegation - Fair comment - Error in facts stated - s.6 Defamation Act 1952 - Damages - Reliance on other articles publishing similar allegations

[2008] EWHC 398 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

W v JH & A County Council Limited

Libel – Summary judgment – Qualified privilege – ‘Off the peg’ privilege – Lapse of time - Data Protection Act 1998 - Criminal Justice Act 2003

[2008] EWHC 399 (QB); [2009] EMLR 11 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Adelson v Associated Newspapers Ltd (No 3)

Libel - Stay - Striking out - Open offer to settle - Abuse of process - Proportionality - Damages - Vindication - Statement in open court - Costs

[2008] EWHC 278 (QB); [2009] EMLR 10 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Freer v Zeb & Ors

Defamation - Slander - Publication - Summary Judgment - Abuse of process - Vicarious liability - Civil restraint orders

[2008] EWHC 212 (QB) - High Court Queen's Bench Division

Judge Victoria Sharp QC

Ivereigh v Associated Newspapers Ltd

Witness anonymity - inherent jurisdiction - CPR 39.2(4) - interests of witness and her children - private and family life - open justice - balancing - intense focus - order granted

[2008] EWHC 339 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Jeynes v News Magazines Limited & Anor

Libel – Defamatory meaning - Whether words complained of capable of bearing pleaded meaning

[2008] EWCA Civ 130 - Court of Appeal

Judge Sir Anthony Clarke MR, Lord Justice Tuckey and Lord Justice Jacob

Seaga v Harper

Defamation - Slander - Defences - Qualified privilege - Reynolds privilege - Statement by politician - Application of Reynolds privilege to non-media publication

Appeal No 90 of 2006 - Privy Council

Judge Lords Scott, Walker, Carswell and Neuberger and Sir Henry Brooke

Trumm v Norman

Defamation - Libel – Qualified privilege – Meaning – Damages –Assessment of damages

[2008] EWHC 116 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Akinleye v East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust

Summary judgment - Part 24 - Defamation - Qualified privilege - Malice - Dominant motive - No honest belief in truth - Evidence of malice

[2008] EWHC 68 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Richard Parkes QC (sitting as a Deputy Judge)

Condé Nast Publications Ltd & Anor v UK

Human rights - Right to fair trial - Right to freedom of expression - Arts 6, 10, 18, ECHR - Civil procedure - Video conference link - Defamation - Claimant in libel proceedings giving evidence by video conference link

Application no. 29746/05 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Casadevell (President) and Bratza, Bonello, Traja, Pavlovschi, Šikuta and Hirvelä (Judges)

Blackwell v Bates & Ors

Libel - Defences - Qualified privilege - Reply to attack - Fair Comment - Meaning - Malice

[2007] EWHC 3098 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Warren v The Random House Group Ltd (No.3)

Defamation - Libel - Defences - Justification - Lucas-Box meaning - Whether Lucas-Box meaning severable and distinct from meaning complained of - Whether proportionate to allow issues raised by Lucas-Box meaning to be tried

[2007] EWHC 3062 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Adelson v Associated Newspapers Ltd (No. 2)

Libel - Amendment - Adding parties - Disapplication of limitation period - Corporate libel claims - Discretion

[2007] EWHC 3028 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Malik v Newspost Ltd & Ors

Defamation - Libel - Defences - Reynolds privilege- Public interest - Responsible journalism - Letter to editor - Whether letter writer could rely on Reynolds privilege

[2007] EWHC 3063 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Sharma v Singh & Associated Newspapers Ltd

Defamation - Libel - Defences - Justification - Lucas-Box meaning - Legitimate scope of plea of justification to a level 1 meaning - Repetition rule Harassment - Whether conduct constituted harassment - Protection from Harassment Act 1997

[2007] EWHC 2988 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Warren v The Random House Group Ltd

Defamation - Libel - Offer of amends - Justification - Amendment - Discretion - Article 6 ECHR - Article 10 ECHR

[2007] EWHC 2856 (QB); [2008] 2 WLR 1033 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Gray J

Warren v The Random House Group Ltd (No.2)

Defamation - Libel - Burstein particulars - Amendment - Aggravated damages - Offer of amends

[2007] EWHC 2860 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Gray J

Radu v Houston & Another (No.3)

Defamation - Libel - Trial of a preliminary issue - Whether article protected by qualified privilege - Reportage - Reynolds privilege - Common interest privilege

[2007] EWHC 2735 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Pfeifer v Austria

Article 8 - Right to private life - Right to reputation - Article 10 - Freedom of expression - Defamation - Libel - Political criticism - Value judgments

Application No. 12556/03 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Loucaides (President), Vajiæ, Kovler, Hajiyev, Spielmann, Jebens & Schäffer

Lepojic v Serbia

Human rights - Freedom of expression - Art 10, ECHR - Necessary in a democratic society - Protection of the reputation of others - Defamation - Criminal defamation - Statements on matter of public interest - Political discussion

Application no. 13909/05 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Tulkens (President), Baka, Barreto, Ugrekhelidze, Zagrebelsky & Mularoni (Judges)

Chemodurov v Russia

Article 10 - Freedom of expression - Defamation - Political criticism - Value judgments - Whether 'necessary in a democratic society'

Application No. 72683/01 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Rozakis (President), Loucaides, Vajic, Kovler, Steiner, Hajiyev & Spielmann

Westcott v Westcott

Defamation - Libel - Slander - Defences - Absolute privilege - Complaints to police

[2007] EWHC 2501 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Richard Parkes QC (sitting as a Deputy Judge)

Flux & Samson v Moldova

Human rights - Freedom of expression - Article 10, ECHR - Defamation - Value judgments - Requirement to prove truth - Balance - Public interest - Responsible journalism - Exaggeration and provocation - Dissemination of the statements of others

Application no. 28700/03 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Bratza (President), Casadevall, Bonello, Traja, Pavlovschi, Garlicki and Mijovic (Judges) and Early (Section Registrar)

Lindon & Others v France

Human Rights - Freedom of expression - Art 10, ECHR - Privacy - Art 8, ECHR - Fair trial - Art 6, ECHR - Defamation - Libel - Proportionality of damages and penalties - Value judgments and facts - Republication in the media

Applications nos. 21279/02 and 36448/02 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Rozakis (President), Wildhaber, Costa, Bratza, Zupanèiè, Lorenzen, Tulkens, Loucaides, Casadevall, Ugrekhelidze, Steiner, Garlicki, Hajiyev, Jaeger and Jebens

Sheffield Wednesday FC & ors v Hargreaves

Defamation - Libel - Norwich Pharmacal relief - Anonymous website postings

[2007] EWHC 2375 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Richard Parkes QC (sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge)

Radu v Houston & Another (No.2)

Defamation - Libel - Mode of Trial - s.69 Supreme Court Act 1981 - Role of Jury - Trial of a Preliminary Issue - Qualified Privilege - Responsible Journalism - Reportage - Duty/ Interest

[2007] EWHC 2328 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Charman v Orion Publishing Group & others (No.3) (CA)

Defamation - Libel - Qualified Privilege - Responsible journalism and authorship- Fair and accurate court reports - Reportage- Whether book protected by qualified privilege at common law

[2007] EWCA Civ 972; [2008] 1 AllER 750 - Court of Appeal

Judge Ward, Sedley, and Hooper LLJ

Grovit v De Nederlandsche Bank & Ors

Defamation - Conflict of laws - Jurisdiction - Scope of Council Regulation (EC) No 44/2001, art 1(1) - Claimant suing in place where harmful event occurred - Libel claim over letter sent by bank in Netherlands - Bank's reliance on state immunity - Whether claim "civil … matter"

[2007] EWCA Civ 953; [2008] 1 WLR 51 - Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Judge May, Dyson and Jacob LJJ

Roberts & Another v Gable & others (CA)

Defamation - Libel - Qualified privilege - Reynolds privilege - Dispute between members of political party - Allegations of commission of criminal offences - Reportage

[2007] EWCA Civ 721; [2008] 2 WLR 129; [2007] EMLR 457 - Court of Appeal

Judge Ward, Sedley, Moore-Bick LLJ

McBride v Body Shop International plc

Libel - Summary judgment - Abuse of process - Use of documents obtained in the course of disclosure

[2007] EWHC 1658 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Adelson v Associated Newspapers Ltd (CA)

Defamation – Limitation – Substitution of parties – Addition of parties - Mistake - s.35 Limitation Act 1980 – CPR 17.4 and 19.5(3)

[2007] EWCA Civ 701; [2008] 1 WLR 585; [2007] 4 All ER 330; [2008] EMLR 324; The Times, 18 July 2007 - Court of Appeal

Judge Lord Phillips CJ, Jacob LJ, Moses LJ

Flux v Moldova (No 2)

Right to fair trial - Art 6, ECHR - Right to freedom of expression - Art 10, ECHR - Libel - Judicial impartiality - Sufficiency of reasons

Application No. 31001/03 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Bratza (President), Casadevall, Bonello, Traja, Pavlovschi, Sikuta, Hirvela and Early

Jones v Associated Newspapers Limited

Libel - Costs - Claimant's Part 36 offer - CPR 36.14 - CFAs

[2007] EWHC 1489 (QB); [2008] 1 AllER 240; [2008] EMLR 6 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Burstein v Associated Newspapers Ltd

Defamation - Libel - Meaning - Fair Comment - Striking Out - Summary Judgment - CPR Part 24

[2007] EWCA Civ 600; [2007] 4 All ER 319; [2007] EMLR 571 - Court of Appeal

Judge Waller, Keene & Dyson LJJ

Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd & Others v Vetplus Ltd (CA)

Prior restraint – Interim Injunctions – Human Rights Act section 12(3) – European Convention on Human Rights Article 10 – Comparative Advertising – Libel – Malicious Falsehood – Trade Marks

[2007] EWCA Civ 583; [2007] FSR 29; (2007) HRLR 33; (2007) BusLR 1456; (2007) 97 BMLR 1; (2007) 30(8) IPD 30052; The Times, 27 June 2007 - Court of Appeal

Judge Pill, Longmore & Jacob LJJ

Flux v Moldova (No.3)

Libel - Accuracy - Public Interest - Article 10

Application No. 32558/03 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Bratza (President), Casadevall, Bonello, Traja, Pavlovschi, Šikuta & Hirvelä JJ

Drury v Carnegie (CA)

Libel - Claim form – Service – r.7.6(3)(b) Civil Procedure Rules – Extensions of time

[2007] EWCA Civ 497; [2007] EMLR 637; The Times, 11 June 2007 - Court of Appeal

Judge Dyson and Smith LJJ

Buckley v Dalziel

Defamation - Absolute privilege - Qualified privilege - Witness statement provided to police officer - Limitation - s.32A Limitation Act 1980

[2007] EWHC 1025 (QB); [2007] 1 WLR 2933; [2007] EMLR 624; The Times, 7 June 2007 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Adelson v Associated Newspapers Ltd

Defamation – Limitation – Substitution of parties – Addition of parties - Mistake - s.35 Limitation Act 1980 – Civil Procedure Rules 1998

[2007] EWHC 997 (QB); The Times, 10 May 2007 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd & Others v Vetplus Ltd (ChD)

Prior restraint – Interim Injunctions – Human Rights Act section 12(3) – European Convention on Human Rights Article 10 – Comparative Advertising – Libel – Malicious Falsehood – Trade Marks

[2007] EWHC 972 (Ch); [2007] FSR 28; (2007) 30(6) IPD 30043 - Chancery Division

Judge Pumfrey J

Curistan v Times Newspapers Ltd

Defamation - Libel - Meaning - Qualified Privilege - Preliminary Issue

[2007] EWHC 926 (QB); [2008] 1 WLR 126; [2007] 4 All ER 486; The Times, 10 May 2007 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Gray J

Davies v WM Morrison Supermarkets plc

Defamation - Qualified privilege - Malice - Evidence of malice - Strike out - Fresh evidence - Adjournment - Appropriateness of striking out

[2007] EWCA Civ 594 - Court of Appeal

Judge Auld, Sedley,and Leveson LJJ

Purnell v F1 Business Magazine Ltd & Another

Defamation - Justification defence struck out - Jury to determine quantum of damages - Effect of the prior reasoned judgment re the strike out on vindicatory element of the jury award

[2007] EWCA Civ 744; [2008] 1 WLR 1 - Court of Appeal

Judge Chadwick & Laws LJJ & Evans-Lombe J

Edwards v Golding & Others (CA)

Defamation – Libel - Limitation – Accrual of cause of action - Addition of parties - s.32A Limitation Act 1980 - CPR 19.5 - CPR 3.1(7)

[2007] EWCA Civ 416; [2007] WLR (D) 88; The Times, 22 May 2007 - Court of Appeal

Judge Buxton, Wilson and Moses LJJ

Nikowitz & Verlagsgruppe News GmbH v Austria

Human rights - Freedom of expression - Article 10, European Convention on Human Rights - Necessary in a democratic society - Relevant and sufficient reasons for interference - Defamation - Satirical commentary - Statement that views not in fact expressed

[2007] EMLR 245 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Rozakis (President), Loucaides, Vajic, Kovler, Steiner, Hajiyev, Spielmann (Judges) and Nielsen (Section Registrar)

Moore v Scottish Daily Record

Scotland - Defamation - Offer of amends - rejection - late acceptance - statutory construction - costs

[2007] CSOH 24 - Outer House, Court of Session

Judge Lady Paton

Wakefield v Channel Four Television & Others (No.3)

Defamation - Libel - Disclosure - Inspection - Documents obtained by GMC in course of inquiry - s.35A Medical Act 1983 - Restriction on collateral use

[2006] EWHC 3289 (QB); [2007] 94 BMLR 1 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Tierney v News Group Newspapers Ltd (No.2) (Costs)

Defamation - Libel - Appeal - Costs capping orders - Conditional Fee Agreements - Level of costs cap - Expenditure within a costs cap - Recoverability of a QC's fees

[2006] EWHC 3275 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J with Senior Costs Judge Hurst

Turkot & Global GOLD Holding v Oxus Gold & Trew

Libel - Trial of preliminary issues - Whether suitable for trial by judge alone - s.69(4) Supreme Court Act - Whether appropriate to order in the claim

[2006] EWHC 3361 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Gray J

Karman v Russia

Defamation - Libel - Article 10 ECHR - Politicians - Value judgments - Whether interference with Article 10 necessary in a democratic society

Application No. 29372/02; (2009) 48 EHRR 21 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Lorenzen (President), Botoucharova, Jungwiert, Maruste, Kovler, Borrego Borrego & Jaeger JJ

Verlagsgruppe News GmbH v Austria

Defamation - Neutral Reportage - Adoption - Comment - Article 10 - Freedom of Expression

[2007] EMLR 491 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Rozakis P, Vajic, Kovler, Hajiyev, Spielmann, Jebens & Herndl JJ

SD Marine Ltd v Powell

Defamation - Libel - Offer of amends - Offer and acceptance - Whether offer of amends validly made and accepted - s.2 Defamation Act 1996

[2006] EWHC 3095 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Radu v Houston & Another (CA)

Security for costs - Stay - Failure to comply with unless orders - Summary judgment

[2006] EWCA Civ 1575; The Times, 1 January 2007 - Court of Appeal

Judge Waller, Keene, Carnwath LLJ

Barrett v Rosenthal

Libel – Liability of Website Providers - Immunity under US law

20/11/2006 - Supreme Court of California

Judge George C.J. and Corrigan, Kennard, Baxter, Werdegar, Chin, Moreno J.J.

Jameel & Another v Wall Street Journal Europe (No.2) (HL)

Defamation - Libel – Reynolds qualified privilege - Presumption of damage - Corporate claimants

[2006] UKHL 44; [2007] 1 AC 359; [2006] 3 WLR 642; [2006] 4 All ER 1279; [2007] EMLR 14; (2007) Bus LR 291; (2006) HRLR 41; The Times, 12 October 2006; The Independent, 17 October 2006 - House of Lords

Judge Lords Bingham of Cornhill, Hoffman, Hope of Craighead, Scott of Foscote, Baroness Hale of Richmond

Zakharov v Russia

Human Rights - Defamation - Article 10 ECHR - Criticism of public officials - Private correspondence - Statements of fact - Value judgments

Application No. 14881/03 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Rozakis (President), Vajic, Kovler, Steiner, Hajiyev, Spielmann, Jebens (Judges), Nielsen (Section Registrar)

Australian Broadcasting Corporation v O’Neill

Defamation – Injunctive relief – Plea of justification – Restraint on publication

[2006] HCA 46 - High Court of Australia

Judge Gleeson CJ, Gummow, Kirby, Hayne, Heydon and Crennan JJ

White v Sweden

Human rights - Right to protection of reputation - Article 8 - Freedom of expression - Article 10 - Defamation - Criminal defamation - Gross defamation - Allegation of murder - Allegation not proven but held 'justifiable' to print on 'reasonable basis'

[2007] EMLR 1 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Costa (President), Baka, Turmen, Ugrekhelidze, Fura-Sandstrom, Jociene, Popovic (Judges) and Dolle (Section registrar)

Al-Koronky v Time-Life Entertainment Group Ltd & Another (CA)

Libel - Security for costs - Claimants resident in the Sudan - Enforcement of costs - CPR Part 25.12 - CFAs - After the event insurance (ATE) - Discretion - Appeals - Stifling - Fresh evidence - Comity

[2006] EWCA Civ 1123; The Times, 28 August 2006 - Court of Appeal

Judge Sedley, Keene & Longmore LJJ

McKenna v MGN Ltd

Libel - Meaning - Justification - Substantial truth - Allegation of fraudulently boasting of bogus PhD obtained merely for money - Damages - Assessment of damages

[2006] EWHC 1996 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Sunderland Housing Company & another v Baines & others

Defamation- Libel - Harassment - Data protection - Injunctive relief - Responsibility for website - Whether injunctive relief should be granted - John Doe order

[2006] EWHC 2359 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Charman v Orion Publishing Group & others (No.3)

Defamation - Libel - Reynolds privilege - Responsible journalism - Fair and accurate reports - Reportage - Whether book protected by qualified privilege

[2006] EWHC 1756 (QB); [2007] 1 All ER 622 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Gray J

Veliu v Mazrekaj

Defamation - Offer of Amends - Amount of compensation payable - limited publication

[2006] EWHC 1710 (QB); [2007] 1 WLR 495 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Tufano v Vincenti

Defamation - Libel - Absolute Privilege- Immunity from Suit- Expert Report prepared for Court proceedings - Abuse of Process - Whether the hearing should take place in private- Whether an Order should be made to restrict the use of disclosed documents

[2006] EWHC 1496 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Armstrong v Times Newspapers Ltd & Others (No.2) (CA)

Defamation - Libel - Meaning - Preliminary Issue - Mode of Trial - s.69(1) Supreme Court Act 1981 - prolonged investigation of documents - s.69(3) - discretion - s.69(4) - trials of separate issues

[2006] EWCA Civ 519; [2006] 1 WLR 2462; TheTimes, 7July 2006; The Independent, 16 June 2006 - Court of Appeal

Judge Sir Anthony Clarke MR, May & Dyson LJJ

Cox v MGN Ltd (Costs)

Costs - Privacy - Data protection - Appeal - Proportionality - Conditional fee agreement - Success fee - Appropriate hourly fee - Entitlement to claim for increases in hourly rates

[2006] EWHC 1235 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J sitting with Costs Judge Wright and Mr Martin Cockx

Loughton Contracts Plc v Dun & Bradstreet Ltd

Defamation - Libel - Offer of amends - Summary judgment - Further information - Whether Claimant had accepted offer of amends - Whether Claimant entitled to further information as to the identity of publishees

[2006] EWHC 1224 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Gray J

Mahfouz and another v Brisard & another

Defamation - Libel - ss8-10 Defamation Act 1996 - Whether Claimants entitled to summary disposal - Whether Claimants entitled to all remedies sought under summary disposal procedure - Declaration of falsity rejected

[2006] EWHC 1191 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Gray J

Baker v Maynard

Libel - Internet publication - Qualified privilege - Common interest - Whether Defendant in existing relationship with members of closed website or an officious bystander - Whether Defendant could rely on fair comment defence solely in mitigation of damages

[2006] EWHC 1342 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Gray J

Al Amoudi v Brisard & Another

Defamation - Libel - Publication on the Internet - Whether Claimant is entitled to presumption of law that substantial publication has taken place

[2006] EWHC 1062 (QB); [2007] 1 WLR 113; [2006] 3 All ER 294 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Gray J

Turner v News Group Newspapers Ltd (CA)

Defamation - Libel - Offer of amends - Assessment of compensation under s.3(5) Defamation Act 1996 - Burstein plea - 'Directly relevant background context' - Mitigation of damages

[2006] EWCA Civ 540; [2006] 1 WLR 3469; [2006] 4 All ER 613; [2006] EMLR 703; The Independent, 23 May 2006 - Court of Appeal

Judge Pill, Keene & Moses LJJ

Roberts & Another v Gable & others (QBD)

Defamation - Libel - Qualified privilege - Reynolds privilege - Dispute between members of political party - Allegations of commission of criminal offences - Reportage

[2006] EWHC 1025 (QB); [2006] EMLR 692 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Campbell v Safra

Defamation - Responsibility for publication - Inducing breach of contract - Elements of cause of action - Summary judgment

[2006] EWHC 819 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Brasilier v France

Human rights - Freedom of expression - Article 10 ECHR - Defamation - Election candidates in dispute - Allegations of ballot rigging, fraud and theft - One French franc in damages awarded - Importance of open political debate - Basis in truth - Sanction disproportionate

Application No. 71343/01 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Cabral Barreto (President), Costa, Jungwiert, Butkevych, Mularoni, Jociene (Judges) Popovic (Section Registrar)

Fallon v MGN Ltd (No.2)

Libel - Meaning - Justification of Chase Level 2 and 3 Meanings - Seriousness of allegations - Adequacy of particulars

[2006] EWHC 783 (QB); [2006] EMLR 548 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Angel v Stainton & Another

Defamation - Libel - Offer of Amends - Compensation

[2006] EWHC 637 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Bunt v Tilley & Others

Libel - Internet Service Providers - Liability at common law - Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations 2002 - s.1 Defamation Act 1996 - Abuse of process

[2006] EWHC 407 (QB); [2007] 1 WLR 1243; [2006] 3 All ER 336; [2006] EMLR 523 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Henry v BBC (No.3)

Defamation - Libel - Meaning - Justification - Substantial Justification - s.5 Defamation Act 1952

[2006] EWHC 386 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Gray J

Radu v Houston & Another

Security for costs - non-Brussels Convention national - Romania - adjournment - equality of arms - effect of judgment having been entered against a claimant by the time of the appeal

[2006] EWHC 231 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Lowe v Associated Newspapers Ltd

Defamation - Libel - Fair Comment - Meaning - Requirements as to facts relied upon as supporting comment - Knowledge of relevant facts at the time of publication

[2006] EWHC 320 (QB); [2007] 2 WLR 595; [2006] 3 All ER 357; [2006] EMLR 476; The Times, 29 March 2006 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Tierney v News Group Newspapers Ltd

Defamation - Libel - Cost-capping orders - Conditional Fee Agreements - After-the-event insurance policies - CPR Rule 3.1 - CPR Part 26 Practice Direction

[2006] EWHC 50 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge McCombe J

Galloway v Telegraph Group Ltd (CA)

Libel – Qualified privilege – Reynolds privilege – Reportage – Adoption – Public interest – Fair comment on privileged report – Damages

[2006] EWCA Civ 17; [2006] EMLR 221; [2006] HRLR 13; The Times 6 February 2006; The Independent 26 January 2006 - Court of Appeal

Judge Sir Anthony Clarke MR; Chadwick & Laws LJJ

Hussein v William Hill

Defamation - Libel - Slander - Abuse of process - Issue estoppel - Attempt to reopen matters decided by court of competent jurisdiction

[2006] EWHC 25 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Albert-Engelmann-Gesellschaft mbH v Austria

Human rights - Freedom of expression - Article 10 ECHR - Defamation - Statement of fact/value judgment - Factual basis - Letter - Author unidentifiable - Publisher not distancing itself from statements

Application No. 46389/99 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Rozakis (President), Lorenzen, Vajic, Botoucharova, Kovler, Steiner, Hajiyev (Judges), and Nielsen (Section Registrar)

Wirtschafts-Trend Zeitschriften-Verlagsgesellschaft v Austria (No.3)

Human rights - Freedom of expression - Art 10, ECHR - Defamation - Meaning - Criminal offence - Public interest/public figure - Photograph - Injunction

Applications Nos. 66298/01 and 15653/02 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Bratza (President), Bonello, Pellonpää, Traja, Steiner, Garlicki, Borrego Borrego (Judges), Elens Passos, RegistrarJJ

Armstrong v Times Newspapers Ltd & Others (No.2)

Defamation - Libel - Meaning - Preliminary Issue - Mode of Trial - s.69(1) Supreme Court Act 1981 - prolonged investigation of documents - s.69(3) - discretion - s.69(4) - trials of separate issues

[2005] EWHC 2816 (QB); [2006] EMLR 166 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Henry v BBC (No.2)

Defamation - Libel - Qualified privilege - s.15 Defamation Act 1996 - Reynolds privilege - Reply to attack

[2005] EWHC 2787 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Gray J

Musa King v Telegraph Group Ltd (Costs)

Costs - Detailed assessment - Defamation - Proportionality - Conditional Fee Agreements - Success fees

02/12/2005 - Supreme Court Costs Office

Judge Senior Costs Judge Hurst

Rodrigues v Portugal

Human rights - Freedom of expression - Art 10, ECHR - - Newspaper publication - Criticism of public appointment - Rival paper criticising article - Defamation - Libel - Whether sanctions necessary

Application no. 75088/01 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge J-P Costa (President), Baka, Cabral Barreto, Turmen, Butkeyvich, Jociene, Popovich (Judges), Naismith (Registrar)

Henry v BBC

Defamation - Libel - Cost-capping orders - Conditional Fee Agreements - After-the-event insurance policies - CPR Rule 3.1 - CPR Part 26 Practice Direction

[2005] EWHC 2503 (QB); [2006] 1 All ER 154 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Gray J

Johnson v Perot Systems Europe Ltd & Another

Defamation - Breach of contract - Negligent misstatement - Summary Judgment - CPR Part 24 - Abuse of process - Fraud and dishonesty - Judicial impartiality - Justification - Qualified privilege

[2005] EWHC 2450 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Culnane v Morris & Another

Defamation - Libel - Human Rights - Political Speech -Preliminary Issue - Qualified Privilege - Election communications - s.10 Defamation Act 1952 - s.3 Human Rights Act 1998

[2005] EWHC 2438 (QB); [2006] 1 WLR 2880; [2006] EMLR 139; [2006] 2 All ER 149; (2006) HRLR 8 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Ratiu & Others v Conway (CA)

Defamation - Malicious falsehood - Justification - Malice - Misdirection - Withdrawing malice from jury - Damages - Fiduciary duty - Breach of confidence

[2005] EWCA Civ 1302; [2006] 1 All ER 571; The Times, 29 November 2005 - Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Judge Auld, Laws and Sedley LJJ

Cray v Hancock & Another

Libel - Publication - Justification - Harassment - Protection from Harassment Act 1997 - Damages - Injunction - Negligence - Breach of Duty - Solicitor

04/11/2005 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge His Honour John Previté QC

Wakefield v Channel Four Television & Others

Defamation - Libel - Stay of proceedings - concurrent GMC disciplinary proceedings - concurrent libel proceedings - Article 6 - Right to trial within a reasonable time

[2005] EWHC 2410 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Wirtschafts-Trend Zeitschriften-Verlags GmbH v Austria

Human rights - Freedom of expression - Art 10, ECHR - Defamation - Value judgment - Sufficient factual basis - Politician - Proportionality

[2006] EMLR 152 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Loucaides (President), Tulkens, Kovler, Steiner, Hajiyev, Spielmann, Jebens (Judges), and Nielsen (Registrar)

Campbell v MGN Ltd (Costs) HL

Costs - Conditional Fee Agreements - Success Fee - Article 10 - Access to Justice - Article 6 - Proportionality - Cost-capping

[2005] UKHL 61; [2005] 1 WLR 3394; [2005] 4 All ER 793; [2006] EMLR 1; The Times, 21 October 2005 - House of Lords

Judge Lords Nicholls, Hoffmann, Hope, Carswell, Baroness Hale

Charman v Orion Publishing Group & others (No.2)

Defamation - Libel - Meaning - Trial of a Preliminary Issue on Meaning - the natural and ordinary meaning of the words complained of

[2005] EWHC 2187 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Gray J

Savitchi v Moldova

Human rights - Freedom of expression - Art 10, ECHR - Defamation - Libel - Freedom of the press - Reporting statements of others - Duty to prove - Necessary in a democratic society

Application No. 11039/02 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Bratza (President), Casadevall, Bonello, Maruste, Pavlovschi, Garlicki, Borrego Borrego (Judges), and O’Boyle, Section Registrar

Panday v Gordon

Defamation - Slander - Qualified privilege - Malice - Constitutional guarantee of freedom of expression - Level of damages

[2005] UKPC 36; [2006] 1 AC 427; [2006] 2 WLR 39 - Privy Council

Judge Lords Nicholls, Hoffmann, Rodger, Walker and Baroness Hale

Mahfouz and another v Brisard and another

Defamation - Libel - Publication - Preliminary Issue - Whether the First Defendant was responsible in law for the publication of a translation of a Book written by him for sale in the United States

[2005] All ER (D) 174 (Sep) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Bangoura v Washington Post & Others

Libel - Internet - Jurisdiction - Forum - Publication - Damage

16/09/2005 - Ontario Court of Appeal

Judge McMurtry CJO, Armstrong & Lang JJA

Armstrong v Times Newspapers Ltd & Others (CA)

Libel - Justification - Reynolds - Striking Out - Summary Judgment - CPR Part 24

[2005] EWCA Civ 1007; [2005] EMLR 797 - Court of Appeal

Judge Brooke, Tuckey & Arden LJJ

Georgallides v Etzin

Harassment - Protection from Harassment Act 1997 - interim injunction - whether application for injunction for harassment was an attempt to circumvent rule in Bonnard v Perryman - s.12 Human Rights Act 1998- articles 8 and 10 - width of injunction

12/07/2005 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Gray J

Steinberg v Pritchard Englefield (No 2)

Adjournments - Defamation - Summary Judgment - Appeal -Absence of party at hearing - Publication - Website

[2005] EWCA Civ 824 - Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Judge Ward LJ, Sedley LJ, and Longmore LJ

Sofola v Lloyds TSB Bank plc

Defamation - Slander - Qualified privilege - ss.13 and 14 Data Protection Act 1998 - Civil Procedure - CPR Part 3.4 - CPR Part 24 - CPR Part 52(3)(6)

[2005] EWHC 1335 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Charman v Orion Publishing Group & others

Defamation - Libel - Case Management Conference - Mode of Trial - Application for trial by Judge alone - s.69 Supreme Court Act 1981 - Application for meaning to be tried as a preliminary issue.

17/06/2005 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Gray J

Independent News & Media v Ireland

Defamation - Libel - Damages - Ireland - Safeguards against disproportionately high jury awards at first instance and on appeal - Article 10

(2006) 42 EHRR 1024 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Ress P & Cabral Barreto, Caflisch, Turmen, Zupanèiè, Hedigan & Traja JJ

Jameel & Another v Times Newspapers Ltd (No.2)

Defamation - Libel - Statutory qualified privilege - Justification - Grounds to inquire - Case management - Striking out

[2005] EWHC 1219 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Gray J

McKeith v News Group Newspapers Ltd

Defamation - Libel - Meaning - Common sting - Justification - Reynolds privilege - Meaning - Justification - Striking out - Case management

[2005] EWHC 1162 (QB); [2005] EMLR 780 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Campbell-James v Guardian Media Group plc

Defamation - Libel - Offer of Amends - Assessment of Compensation under <A href="http://www.bailii.org/uk/legis/num_act/da199699/s3.html" target=_blank>s.3(5) Defamation Act 1996

[2005] EWHC 893 (QB); [2005] EMLR 542 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Turner v News Group Newspapers Ltd & Another

Defamation - Libel - Offer of Amends - Assessment of Compensation under <A href="http://www.bailii.org/uk/legis/num_act/da199699/s3.html" target=_blank>s.3(5) Defamation Act 1996 - 'Burstein' plea - Whether mitigation or aggravation

[2005] EWHC 892 (QB); [2005] EMLR 553 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Mahfouz & Ors v Ehrenfeld & Anor

Defamation - Libel - Judgment in default - Summary disposal - ss.8-10 Defamation Act 1996 - Remedies - Damages - Injunction - Declaration of falsity

[2005] EWHC 1156 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Miller v Associated Newspapers Ltd (No.4)

Defamation - Libel - Claim dismissed following trial of the action - Defence of justification upheld - Whether costs should follow the event - Whether costs should be assessed on standard or indemnity basis - Whether interest should be awarded - Whether Claimant should have permission to appeal

[2005] EWHC 773 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Miller v Associated Newspapers Ltd (No.3)

Defamation - libel - justification – trial of the action - meaning- whether the plea of justification succeeded

[2005] EWHC 557 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Crossland v Wilkinson Hardware Stores Ltd

Defamation - Libel - Slander - Malicious Falsehood - Malice - Qualified Privilege - Harassment - Summary Judgment - Part 24

[2005] EWHC 481 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Turcu v News Group Newspapers Ltd

Defamation - abuse of process - lack of evidence from Claimant - CFA agreements - inference of desire for vindication - summary judgment - mode of trial

21/03/2005 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Milne v David Price Solicitors & Advocates

Costs - Defamation - Conditional Fee Agreements - Settlement on terms not amounting to 'win' - Termination - Entitlement of solicitor to basic charges

07/03/2005 - Supreme Court Costs Office

Judge Master Seager Berry

Steinberg v Pritchard Englefield & other

Defamation - Libel - Appeal - Summary disposal - Sections 8 to 10 Defamation Act 1996 - Website publication to the world at large - Whether claim could be an abuse of process - Jameel v Dow Jones

[2005] EWCA Civ 288 - Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Judge Ward LJ, Sedley LJ, and Longmore LJ

Rackham v Sandy and Others

Defamation – Libel – Mode of trial – Prolonged examination of documents – s.69 Supreme Court Act 1981

24/02/2005 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Gray J

Steel & Morris v United Kingdom

Libel - Unavailability of Legal Aid - Fair Trial - Corporations - Right to Sue - Burden of Proof - Damages - Article 6 - Article 10

[2005] EMLR 314 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Pellonpää (President); Bratza, Strážnická, Casadevall, Maruste, Pavlovschi, and Garlicki

Polanski v Conde Nast Publications Ltd (HL)

Defamation - Libel - Human Rights - Civil procedure - Civil evidence - evidence by video link - hearsay

[2005] UKHL 10; [2005] 1 WLR 637; [2005] 1 All ER 945; [2005] EMLR 287; The Times, 11 Feb 2005; The Independent, 16 Feb 2005 - House of Lords

Judge Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead, Lord Slynn of Hadley, Lord Hope of Craighead, Baroness Hale of Richmond, Lord Carswell

W v Westminster City Council (No.2)

Defamation - libel - qualified privilege - malice - Human Rights - Article 8 ECHR - s. 7 & s. 8 Human Rights Act 1998

[2005] EWHC 102 (QB); [2005] 4 All ER 96 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Fallon v MGN Ltd

Libel - Stay of Proceedings - Criminal Inquiry

[2005] EWHC 1572 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Jameel & Another v Wall Street Journal Europe (No.2) (CA)

Defamation - Libel – Reynolds privilege – Relevance of Bonnick v Morris - Presumption of damage – Presumption of falsity

[2005] EWCA Civ 74; [2005] QB 904; [2005] 2 WLR 1577; [2005] EMLR 377; [2005] 4 All ER 356; The Times 14 Feb 2005; The Independent 9 Feb 2005 - Court of Appeal

Judge Lord Phillips MR, Sedley and Parker LJJ

Jameel (Yousef) v Dow Jones & Co. Inc.

Defamation - libel – Internet publication - presumption of damage - identification of Claimant – no real and substantial tort/abuse of process

[2005] EWCA Civ 75; [2005] QB 946; [2005] 2 WLR 1614; [2005] EMLR 353; The Times 14 Feb 2005; The Independent 10 Feb 2005 - Court of Appeal

Judge Lord Phillips MR, Sedley and Parker LJJ

Miller v Associated Newspapers Ltd (No.2)

Defamation - libel - justification - permission to amend - whether words complained of were capable of Chase level 3 meaning - whether Defendant can rely on Claimant's non-disclosure of relevant documents and/or misrepresentation of their content - lies probative of guilt - admission by conduct

[2005] EWHC 21 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Busuioc v Moldova

Human Rights - Defamation - Libel - Article - ECHR - Freedom of Expression - Damages awarded against journalist for defamation - Whether interference with Art 10 right prescribed by law - Whether interference necessary in a democratic society

(2006) 42 EHRR 252 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Bratza (President), Pellonpää, Casadevall, Maruste, Pavlovschi, Borrego Borrego, and Fura-Sandström (Judges), and O'Boyle (Section Registrar)

Hewitt & Others v Grunwald & Others

Defamation - Libel - Allegation of being a 'terrorist organisation' - Internet publication - Justification - Qualified privilege

[2004] EWHC 2959 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Nail v News Group Newspapers Ltd & Others (CA)

Defamation - libel - offer of amends - damages - principles of assessment of compensation by judge under s.3(5) Defamation Act 1996 - extent to which the offer of amends mitigates damages

[2004] EWCA Civ 1708; [2005] 1 All ER 1040; [2005] EMLR 257; The Times 6 Jan 2005; The Independent 14 Jan 2005 - Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Judge May, Auld & Gage LJJ

Armstrong v Times Newspapers Ltd & Others (QB)

Libel - Meaning - Reasonable Grounds to Suspect/Investigate - Justification - Qualified Privilege - Reynolds - Summary Judgment - CPR Part 24 - Striking Out CPR 3.4 - Costs - Security for Costs - Costs Capping Orders

[2004] EWHC 2928 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Cumpana and Mazare v Romania

Human rights - Freedom of expression - Defamation - Criminal defamation - Sentence - Articles 8, 10 ECHR

(2005) 41 EHRR 200 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Wildhaber (President), Rozakis, Costa, Ress, Bratza, Barreto, Straznicka, Birsan, Lorenzen, Casadevall, Zupancic, Hedigan, Pellonpaa, Baka, Maruste, Ugrekhelidze, Hajiyev (Judges), Mahoney (Registrar)

Pedersen and Baadsgaard v Denmark (No.2)

Human Rights - Defamation - Libel - Article 10 - Freedom of Expression - Article 6 - TV Documentary about wrongful conviction - Journalists fined for defaming senior police officer - whether interference necessary in a democratic society

(2006) 42 EHRR 486 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Wildhaber (President), Rozakis, Costa, Bratza, Caflisch, Türmen, Strážnická, Bîrsan, Lorenzen, Casadevall, Zupan?i?, Hedigan, Pellonpää, Baka, Maruste, Ugrekhelidze & Hajiyev JJ

W v Westminster CC & Others

Defamation - libel - absolute privilege - qualified privilege - malice - s.7 Human Rights Act 1998

[2004] EWHC 2866 (QB); The Times, 7 January 2005 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Wood v Chief Constable of West Midlands Police (CA)

Defamation - libel - qualified privilege - summary judgment - slander - amendment to add case in slander after the close of evidence at trial - s.32A Limitation Act 1980 - CPR 17.4

[2004] EWCA Civ 1638; [2005] EMLR 449; The Times, 13 December 2004 - Court of Appeal

Judge May, Dyson & Wall LJJ

Galloway v Telegraph Group Ltd (QBD)

Libel – Qualified Privilege – Reynolds – Reportage – Adoption – Public Interest – Fair Comment on Privilege Report – Damages

[2004] EWHC 2786 (QB); [2005] EMLR 115 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Gazley v News Group Newspapers Ltd

Costs - Defamation - Instruction of Specialist Solicitors - Reasonableness - CPR 44.4(2)(b) - Appeal - Review - CPR Part 52.11

[2004] EWHC 2675 (QB); [2005] 1 Costs LR 129 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J (sitting with Assessors)

Selisto v Finland

Human rights - Freedom of expression - Criminal defamation - Prosecution of journalist - Article 10 ECHR - Whether necessary in a democratic society

[2005] EMLR 178; (2006) 42 EHRR 8 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Sir Nicolas Bratza P, Pellonpää, Casadeva, Maruste, Pavlovschi, Borrego Borrego & Fura-Sandström JJ

Merelie v Newcastle Primary Health Care Trust & Others

Defamation - Summary Judgment - Strike Out - Pleading Requirements in Slander cases - Republication - Protection from Harassment Act 1997 - Malicious Falsehood - Human Rights Act 1998 - CPR Part 24 - CPR Part 3.4(2)

[2004] EWHC 2554 (QB); The Times, 1 December 2004 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Greene v Associated Newspapers Ltd & Another

Defamation - Injunction - s.12 Human Rights Act 1998 - Likelihood of success - Threshold for grant of injunction - Bonnard v Perryman test

[2004] EWCA Civ 1462; [2005] QB 972; [2005] 3 WLR 281; [2005] EMLR 217; [2005] 1 All ER 30; The Times, 10 November 2004; The Independent, 9 November 2004 - Court of Appeal

Judge Brooke, May and Dyson LJJ

Richardson v Schwarzenegger & Others

Libel - Service out - CPR 6.20 - liability for republication - qualified privilege - reply to attack - agent and principal

[2004] EWHC 2422 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Collins Stewart Ltd & Another v The Financial Times Ltd

Libel - Damages - Special damages - Strike out - Company - Measure of damages by reference to share price - Mode of trial - General damages

[2004] EWHC 2337 (QB); [2005] EMLR 64 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

King v Lewis & Others (CA)

Libel - Internet - Publication - Jurisdiction - Whether England was the correct forum - CPR - Leave to Serve Claim Form out of jurisdiction

[2004] EWCA Civ 1329; [2005] EMLR 45; The Independent, 11 November 2004 - Court of Appeal

Judge Lord Woolf CJ, Mummery & Laws LJJ

Sabou & Pircalab v Romania

Human Rights - Criminal Defamation - prosecution of journalists - whether prosecution and conviction were breaches of Articles 8,10 and 13 ECHR

Appl no: 00046572/99 - ECtHR

Judge J-P Costa P

Yazar and others v Turkey

Human Rights - Defamation - Libel - political speech - whether conviction was a breach of arts 6 or 10 ECHR - whether hearing took place before an independent and impartial tribunal

Appl No: 00042713/98 - ECtHR

Judge G Rees P

Jameel & Another v Times Newspapers Ltd (CA)

Defamation - Libel - Meaning of words complained of - Chase 'level 2' and 'level 3 meanings' - Pleadings - Whether article capable of being defamatory of corporate claimant

[2004] EWCA Civ 983; [2004] EMLR 665 - Court of Appeal

Judge Sedley, Longmore, Kay LJJ

Jennings v Buchanan

Defamation - Libel - Absolute privilege - Parliamentary privilege - Whether statement made out of Parliament enjoying absolute or qualified privilege - Whether necessary to plead precise words used - Appeal from New Zealand Court of Appeal

[2004] UKPC 36; [2005] 1 AC 115; [2005] 2 All ER 273; [2004] 3 WLR 1163; [2004] EMLR 412 - Privy Council

Judge Lords Bingham, Scott, Walker, Baroness Hale, Dame Elias

Mahfouz v Brisard & Others

Defamation - Libel - Judgment in default - Remedies - Summary disposal - ss. 8-10 Defamation Act 1996

[2004] EWHC 1735 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Chauvy & Ors v France

Human rights - Freedom of Expression - Defamation - Libel - French criminal and civil law - 'good faith' defence - Articles 8, 10 ECHR

(2005) 41 EHRR 29 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Baka, (President), Costa, Loucaides, Jungwiert, Butkevych, Thomassen, Ugrekhelidze (Judges), Early (Deputy Section Registrar)

Hamilton v Clifford

Defamation - Libel - Slander - Applications to strike out -Meaning - Justification - Fair comment - Reply to attack - Qualified privilege - Malice - Plea of general bad reputation

[2004] EWHC 1542 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Hassan v Holburn and others

Defamation - Libel - permission to appeal - Limitation Act 1980 sections 4A, 32, 35 - publication - republication - costs

[2004] EWCA Civ 789 - Court of Appeal

Judge Sedley LJ

Milne v Express Newspapers (CA)

Defamation - Libel- Offer of Amends - s.4(3) Defamation Act 1996 - "knew or had reason to believe"

[2004] EWCA Civ 664; [2005] 1 WLR 772; [2005] 1 All ER 1021; [2004] EMLR 461 - Court of Appeal

Judge May, Tuckey & Laws LJJ

Pal v General Medical Council and others

Defamation - Libel - Data Protection Act 1998 - Human Rights Act 1998 - Article 8 - General Medical Council - Summary Judgment - CPR Part 24 - Costs

[2004] EWHC 1485 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division (Birmingham District Registry)

Judge HHJ Charles Harris QC

Musa King v Telegraph Group Ltd (CA)

Defamation- Libel - Justification - Conditional fee agreements - Proportionality - Costs capping

[2004] EWCA Civ 613; [2005] 1 WLR 2282; [2004] EMLR 429 - Court of Appeal

Judge Brooke, Jonathan Parker and Maurice Kay LJJ

Radio France & Ors v France

Defamation - Libel - French law - Article 7 ECHR - Article 6 ECHR - Sanctions - Requirement to broadcast findings - Freedom of expression - Article 10 ECHR

(2005) 40 EHRR 706 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Baka (President), Loucaides, Birsan, Jungwiert, Ugrekhelidze, Mularoni, and Truche JJ and Dolle (Section Clerk)

Meade v Pugh & Another

Defamation – Libel – Qualified Privilege – Malice – CPR Part 3.4(2) – Strike out – Summary judgment – CPR Part 24

[2004] EWHC 408 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Coys Limited v Autocherish Limited & others

Defamation - Libel - interim injunction - website publication - s.12(3) Human Rights Act 1998 - Rule in Bonnard v Perryman - test to be applied

[2004] EWHC 1334 (QB); [2004] EMLR 482 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Howe & Co v Burden

Defamation- Slander- Summary judgment - Abuse of process -Qualified privilege -Malice- Consent

[2004] EWHC 196 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Sharma v Jay & Others (No.2)

Defamation - Slander - Stay of proceedings - concurrent GMC disciplinary proceedings

11/02/2004 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Phillipps v Associated Newspapers Ltd & Another

Defamation - Acceptance of Defendants' Part 36 Offer to Settle - Entitlement to Unilateral Statement in Open Court - Part 53 PD 6.1 - Costs

[2004] EWHC 190 (QB); [2004] 1 WLR 2106; [2004] 2 All ER 455; [2004] EMLR 218 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

King v Lewis

Defamation - Libel - Civil procedure - Service out of the jurisdiction - Appropriate forum

[2004] EWHC 168 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Worme & Another v Commissioner of Police of Grenada

Human Rights - Criminal Libel - Public Figures - Public Interest - Freedom of Expression - Reputation - Intentional Libel - Defences - Qualified Privilege - ss.252, 253, 257 and 258 Criminal Code of Granada - s.10 Constitution of Granada

[2004] UKPC 8; [2004] 2 AC 430; [2004] 2 WLR 1044; [2004] EMLR 173 - Privy Council

Judge Lords Bingham, Browne-Wilkinson, Slynn, Rodger & Walker and Sir Andrew Legatt

Wood v Chief Constable of West Midlands Police

Defamation - Libel - qualified privilege - summary judgment - privilege of a police officer to warn the clients of an unconvicted defendant not to trade with his business

[2003] EWHC 2971 (QB), [2004] EMLR 310 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Jameel & Another v Wall Street Journal Europe (CA)

Libel - meaning - preliminary ruling as to capable meanings - qualified privilege - admissibility of evidence bearing on truth of allegation complained of

[2003] EWCA Civ 1694; [2004] EMLR 6 - Court of Appeal

Judge Simon Brown, Mummery and Mance LJJ

Miller v Associated Newspapers Ltd

Defamation - Libel - Reynolds qualified privilege - application to strike out defence of privilege- alternatively for summary judgment - whether the law as to qualified privilege was in a state of flux

[2003] EWHC 2799 (QB); [2004] EMLR 698 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Polanski v Conde Nast Publications Ltd (CA)

Defamation - Libel - Civil procedure - Civil evidence - Human Rights - CPR - Video conference link

[2003] EWCA Civ 1573; [2004] 1 WLR 387; [2004] 1 All ER 1220; [2004] EMLR 7 - Court of Appeal

Judge Simon Brown, Jonathan Parker & Thomas LJ

Jameel & Another v Times Newspapers Ltd

Defamation - Libel - Meaning of words complained of - Whether article capable of being defamatory of corporate claimant - Justification - Summary judgment

[2003] EWHC 2609 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Gray J

Pedder v News Group Newspapers Ltd

Defamation - Libel - Abuse of process - Human Rights -Whether an attempt to re-litigate issues already decided against Claimants in a similar action should be struck out as an abuse of the process - whether the Defendants could rely upon the Claimants being on a conditional fee agreement without ate insurance to justify striking out the claim

[2003] EWHC 2442 (QB); [2004] EMLR 348 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Gray J

Downtex v Flatley

Defamation - Civil procedure - Summary disposal - Summary judgment - s8 Defamation Act 1996- Qualified Privilege - injunction

[2003] EWCA Civ 1282 - Court of Appeal

Judge Potter & Chadwick LJJ and Cresswell J

Vassiliev v Amazon.com Inc

Defamation - Civil procedure - Summary judgment - Abuse of process - Fair comment - Related proceedings - whether the issues were sufficiently similar

[2003] EWHC 2302 (Comm) - Queen's Bench Division (Commercial Court)

Judge Eady J

Powell v Boladz & others

Defamation - Libel - Delay - Striking out - Abuse of process - Human Rights - Articles 6, 8 & 10 European Convention on Human Rights

[2003] EWHC 2160 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Blake v Associated Newspapers Limited

Defamation- Libel - Civil Procedure- Ecclesiastical- Human Rights- Arts 6, 10 - Stay of Proceedings- Justiciability - whether deference to religious doctrine outweighs right of access to the courts

[2003] EWHC 1960 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Gray J

Gray v Avadis

Defamation - Libel - Absolute privilege - Qualified Privilege - Striking Out - Summary Judgment - whether publications in and to the Office of Supervision of Solicitors were covered by absolute privilege

[2003] EWHC 1830 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Oduro v Time Life

Defamation - Libel - Meanings - Strike out application - Abuse of process

[2003] EWHC 1787 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Greenaway and Williams v Poole

Defamation - Libel - Justification - Qualified Privilege - Malice - Elections - s.10 Defamation Act 1952 - Damages

[2003] EWHC 1735 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Jack J

Sheikha Mouza al Misnad v Azzaman Ltd & Others

Defamation - Libel - Summary disposal - CPR Part 24 - s.8 Defamation Act 1996 - Conflict of laws - Publication in multiple foreign jurisdictions - Reynolds privilege - Standards of responsible journalism

[2003] EWHC 1783 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Gray J

Gleaner Co v Abrahams

Defamation - Libel - Damages - Whether the award by the jury was excessive - Constitutional law - Human Rights- Freedom of expression - foreign jurisdictions - Jamaica

[2003] UKPC 55; [2004] 1 AC 628; [2003] 3 WLR 1038; [2003] EMLR 737 - Privy Council

Judge Lords Hoffmann, Hope, Hobhouse, Millett and Tipping J

Milne v Express Newspapers (No.2)

Defamation - Libel - offer of amends - rejection of offer of amends - the correct test under s4(3) Defamation Act 1996

[2003] EWHC 1843 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Reuben & Others v Time Inc & Another (No.2)

Defamation - Libel - Validity of service - Service out of jurisdiction - Forum conveniens - Amendment of claim form - Earlier publication - s.35(5)(a), Limitation Act 1980

[2003] EWHC 1430 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Morland J

Keays v Guardian Newspapers Ltd & Others

Defamation - Libel - Fair comment - Inferences as to state of mind - Whether allegation of fact or comment - CPR part 24

[2003] EWHC 1565 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Stallwood & Stallwood v Smith

Defamation- Libel - Qualified Privilege- Summary Judgment-Part 24- Whether pre-action correspondence between a prospective litigant and a solicitor are protected by qualified privilege

01/07/2003 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Pedersen and Baadsgaard v Denmark

Human Rights - Defamation - Libel - Article 10 - Freedom of Expression - TV Documentary about wrongful conviction - Journalists fined for defaming senior police officer - whether interference necessary in a democratic society

19/06/2003 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge

Vassiliev v Frank Cass & Co Ltd

Defamation - Libel - Qualified privilege - Reply to attack - Friend of deceased victim - Original victim having no claim in libel - Common interest privilege - Publication in specialist journal - Publication on internet - Reynolds privilege

[2003] EWHC 1428 (QB); [2003] EMLR 761 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Al Rajhi Banking & Investment Corp v Wall Street Journal Europe

Defamation - Libel - amendment - justification - allegations of association with institutions or persons suspected of terrorism - whether such allegations breach established principles of law

[2003] EWHC 1358 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Maris & Others v Walsh

Defamation - Libel - breach of confidence - threat to publish -interim injunction.

[2003] EWHC 1417 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Gray J

Musa King v Telegraph Group Ltd (QBD)

Defamation - libel - civil procedure - Conditional fee arrangements - Human Rights - Articles 6, 10 - justification - whether it was permissible to justify the meaning that the police suspected the claimant of involvement in terrorist offences

[2003] EWHC 1312 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Webster v British Gas Services Ltd

Defamation - Libel - Slander - Qualified privilege - Malice - Malicious Falsehood - Summary judgment -Part 24

[2003] EWHC 1188 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Tugendhat J

Harrods Ltd v Dow Jones & Co Inc

Defamation - libel - jurisdiction - whether the claimant could sue the defendant in this jurisidiction

[2003] EWHC 1162 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Adams v Guardian Newspapers Ltd

Libel - Defamatory meaning - Parliamentary privilege - Fair comment - Veritas (justification) - Reynolds qualified privilege - whether a Reynolds qualified privilege defence is applicable in Scotland

[2003] ScotCS 131 - Court of Session

Judge Lord Reed

Sharma v Jay & Others

Defamation- Harassment- Protection from Harassment Act 1997- Malice- Slander- Application to strike out claim for harassment and plea of malice- CPR Part 3.4 and Part 24.2

15/04/2003 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Gray J

Bennett & Another v BBC & Another

Defamation - libel - particulars of justification - whether the defendant could justify the common sting of the whole article when the Claimant only complained about parts of it

[2003] EWHC 553 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Gray J

Kearns v General Council of the Bar

Defamation - Libel - Qualified privilege - Existing relationship - Summary judgment - CPR Part 24

[2003] EWCA Civ 331; [2003] 1 WLR 1357; [2003] 2 All ER 534; [2003] EMLR 565 - Court of Appeal

Judge Simon Brown Mantell & Keene LJJ

ICN Photonics Ltd v Patterson

Defamation - Libel - Rulings on Meaning - Slander of Goods - Whether defamatory imputation carried about the manufacturer - Function of Appeal Court

[2003] EWCA Civ 343 - Court of Appeal

Judge Schiemann, Rix & Keene LJJ

Rigg v Associated Newspapers Ltd

Defamation - Libel - Offer of amends - s2 Defamation Act 1996 - Disclosure - Whether journalist's notes should be disclosed

[2003] EWHC 710 (QB); [2004] EMLR 52 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Gray J

Howlett v Holding and Holding & Barnes Plc

Defamation - Libel - Qualified privilege - Striking out - CPR 3.4(2) - Summary Judgment - CPR Part 24

[2003] EWHC 286 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Tanner v Filby and Howell

Defamation - Justification - Fair comment - Issue estoppel - Abuse of process - Fair Trial - Freedom of Expression - Human rights - Article 6 - Article 10 - European Convention on Human Rights

20/02/2003 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Cleese v Clark & Associated Newspapers Limited

Defamation- Libel - Offer of Amends Procedure- Hearing to assess compensation- Section 3(5) Defamation Act 1996 - Damages.

[2003] EWHC 137 (QB); [2004] EMLR 37 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Gutnick v Dow Jones & Co Inc

Libel - Publication - Internet - Single publication rule - Appropriate forum

[2002] HCA 56; (2002) 77 ALJR 255 - High Court of Australia

Judge Gleeson CJ, Gaudron, McHugh, Gummow, Kirby, Hayne and Callinan JJ

Chase v News Group Newspapers Ltd

Defamation - Libel - Human rights - Freedom of expression - Justification - Conduct rule - Repetition rule - Matters post-dating publication

[2002] EWCA Civ 1772; [2003] EMLR 218 - Court of Appeal

Judge Brooke, Rix & Keene LJJ

Milne v Express Newspapers (QBD)

Defamation - Offer of amends - s.4(3) Defamation Act 1996 - "knew or had reason to believe"

[2002] EWHC 2564 (QB); [2003] 1 WLR 927; [2003] 1 All ER 482; [2003] EMLR 440 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Times Newspapers Ltd v Burstein

Defamation - Libel - Costs - Conditional Fee Agreement - Indemnity principle - Preliminary issue - Order for cross-examination

[2002] EWCA Civ 1739 - Court of Appeal

Judge Lord Phillips MR, Mance & Latham LJJ

Loutchansky v Times Newspapers Ltd and others (No. 7)

Defamation - Libel - Qualified privilege - Reconsideration of original decision on qualified privilege following the Court of Appeal's decision ([2002] QB 783)

[2002] EWHC 2490 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Gray J

Komarek v Ramco Energy Plc

Defamation - Libel - Conflict of laws - Legal professional privilege - Double actionability - Summary judgment - Qualified privilege - Malice

21/11/2002 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Clarke v Davey

Defamation - Slander - Strike out - CPR Part 24 - Abuse of process - Summary judgment - s.8 Defamation Act 1996 - Absolute privilege - Qualified privilege - Malice

[2002] EWHC 2342 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Gray J

Abu v MGN Ltd

Defamation - Libel - offer of amends- principles to be applied in assessing compensation under s3(5) of the Defamation Act 1996- damages

[2002] EWHC 2345 (QB); [2003] 1 WLR 2201; [2003] 2 All ER 864; [2003] EMLR 21 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Grobbelaar v News Group Newspapers Ltd

Defamation - Libel - Review of jury verdict - Damages - Inherent power of House of Lords

[2002] UKHL 40; [2002] 1 WLR 3024; [2002] 4 All ER 732; [2003] EMLR 1 - House of Lords

Judge Lords Bingham, Steyn, Hobhouse, Millett and Scott

Spencer v Sillitoe and International Computers Ltd

Defamation - Libel - Summary judgment - Disputed facts - Role of Jury - CPR Part 24 - s.69 Supreme Court Act 1981

[2002] EWCA Civ 1579; [2003] EMLR 207 - Court of Appeal

Judge Simon Brown, Buxton & Carnwath LJJ

Wilkey & Another v BBC

Civil procedure - Late service of claim form - Deemed date of service - Actual date of service - Dispensing with service under CPR Part 6.9 - Exceptional circumstances - Claimant at fault

[2002] EWCA Civ 1561; [2003] 1 WLR 1; [2002] 4 All ER 1177 - Court of Appeal

Judge Simon Brown, Buxton & Carnwarth LJJ

Foster & Another v Associated Newspapers Limited

Defamation - Libel - meaning - justification - amendment - mode of trial - s.69 Supreme Court Act 1981 - adjournment of trial

[2002] EWHC 1885 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Gray J

Bataille v Newland & Ors

Defamation - Libel - Publication - Strike out - CPR Part 3.1 and 3.4 - No reasonable grounds for alleging publication - Summary Judgment under CRP Part 24.2 - no prospect of proving publication - Mini-trial.

[2002] EWHC 1692 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Campbell v News Group Newspapers Ltd (No.2)

Defamation - Libel - quantum - justification - whether judge had misdirected jury - effect of attempt by claimant to pervert the course of justice - appeal allowed and damages reduced from £350,000 to £30,000

[2002] EWCA Civ 1143; [2002] EMLR 43 - Court of Appeal

Judge Schiemann, Mantell & Mance LJJ

Lillie & Reed v Newcastle City Council & Others (No.2)

Defamation - Libel - Justification - Qualified privilege - Malice - Public authorities - Damages - Local Government (Access to Information) Act 1985.

[2002] EWHC 1600 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

MacIntyre v Phillips

Defamation - Libel - qualified privilege - similar fact evidence - preliminary issue - rule of practice that qualified privilege be tried first

[2002] EWCA Civ 1087; [2003] EMLR 194 - Court of Appeal

Judge Brooke & Dyson LJJ & Wall J

Mawdsley v Guardian Newspapers Ltd

Defamation - Libel - Failure to mitigate - Summary disposal - s.8 Defamation Act 1996- damages

[2002] EWHC 1780 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Morland J

Wallis v Valentine

Defamation - Libel - Summary Judgment - Evidence of Publication - No prospect of Success - CPR Part 24 - Abuse of Process

[2002] EWCA Civ 1034; [2003] EMLR 175 - Court of Appeal

Judge Peter Gibson & Potter LJJ and Sir Murray Stuart-Smith

Mills v MGN Ltd

Defamation - Libel - ruling on meaning - striking out - CPR Part 3.4(2) - exemplary damages

[2002] EWHC 1384 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Gregson v Channel Four Television

Defamation - Libel - Mode of Trial - Prolonged Examination of documents - s.69 Supreme Court Act 1981

[2002] EWCA Civ 941 - Court of Appeal

Judge Waller & Robert Walker LJJ

McManus v Beckham

Defamation - Slander - liability for republication - foreseeability - special damage

[2002] EWCA Civ 939; [2002] EMLR 880; [2002] 1 WLR 2982 - Court of Appeal

Judge Waller, Clark, Laws LLJ

Bonnick v Morris

Defamation - Libel- qualified privilege to the world at large- meaning- whether single meaning rule applied applicable in determining whether Reynolds privilege available - whether article met standard of responsible journalism

[2002] UKPC 31; [2003] 1 AC 300; [2002] 3 WLR 820; [2002] EMLR 37 - Privy Council

Judge Lords Nicholls, Hoffmann, Hope & Scott and Tipping J

Mark v Associated Newspapers Limited

Defamation - Libel - Meaning - Repetition rule - Bane and antidote - Whether repetition rule consistent with ECHR Article 10 jurisprudence - Interface between defences of justification and Reynolds privilege

[2002] EWCA Civ 772; [2002] EMLR 839 - Court of Appeal

Judge Simon Brown, Mummery & Dyson LJJ

Hamilton v Al Fayed (No 2)

Costs - application for contributors to fighting fund to pay costs of successful defendant - discretion as to costs under Supreme Court Act 1981 s 51

[2003] QB 1175; [2003] 2 WLR 128 - Court of Appeal

Judge Simon Brown, Chadwick and Hale LJJ

McVicar v United Kingdom

Human rights - Defamation - Libel - Unavailability of legal aid - Exclusion of evidence - Burden of proof - Costs - Injunction - Effective access to a court - Article 6, ECHR - Freedom of expression - Article 10, ECHR

Application no. 46311/99; (2002) 35 EHRR 21 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge Rozakis (President), Tulkens, Bratza, Lorenzen, Vajic, Kovler and Zagrebelski (Judges), and Fribergh (Section Registrar)

Kinch v Associated Newspapers Ltd

Defamation - Libel - meaning - justification - allegation of infamy - bad reputation

[2002] EWHC 1020 (QB) - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Ferguson v Associated Newspapers Limited

Defamation - Libel - football manager - summary disposal - section 8 Defamation Act 1996 - defamatory meaning - summary relief - quantum of damages

15/03/2002 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Gray J

Gaddafi v Telegraph Group Ltd (No.3)

Defamation - Libel - pre-trial review - application by defendant to strike out claim as an abuse of the process on grounds that the Libyan claimant did not have sufficient standing or reputation in England to warrant his libel action going before a jury - application by defendant to strike out plea of foreign publication on grounds that reliance on common law presumption that foreign law the same as English law incompatible with Article 10 ECHR

12/03/2002 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Sir Oliver Popplewell

Gillick v Brook Advisory Centres & Another (No.2)

Defamation - Libel - Summary Disposal - s.8 Defamation Act 1996 - Determination of Meaning - Whether words complained of were defamatory

12/03/2002 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Gray J

English & Another v Hastie & Another

Defamation - Libel - Qualified privilege - Reynolds privilege - Jury trial - Reportage - s.15 & Schedule 1 Part 2 Defamation Act 1996

31/01/2002 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Gray J

Kiam v MGN Ltd

Defamation- Libel - Damages - Jury trial - Appeal on quantum - whether award of £105,000 was excessive - procedure to determine size of bracket - referrring jury to comparable awards

[2002] EWCA Civ 43; [2003] QB 281; [2002] 2 All ER 219; [2002] 3 WLR 1036 - Court of Appeal

Judge Simon Brown, Waller & Sedley LJJ

Loutchansky v Times Newspapers Ltd and others (Nos. 2-5)

Defamation - Libel - Qualified Privilege - limitation - test to be applied in determining whether Reynolds qualified privilege available - website publication.

[2001] EWCA Civ 1805; [2002] QB 783; [2002] 2 WLR 640; [2002] 1 All ER 652; [2002] EMLR 241 - Court of Appeal

Judge Lord Phillips MR, Simon Brown & Tuckey LLJ

Carpenter v Associated Newspapers Ltd

Defamation - Libel- Fair Trial - Striking Out - CPR 3.4(2) - Abuse of Process - article 6 - right to a fair trial

30/11/2001 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Gray J

Al-Fagih v HH Saudi Research & Marketing

Defamation - Libel - Qualified privilege - Reynolds - Duties of responsible journalists - Verification of information - Political debate - Neutral reportage

[2001] EWCA Civ 1634; [2002] EMLR 215 - Court of Appeal

Judge SImon Brown LJ, Mantell LJ, Latham LJ

Donnelly & Others v Young & Another

Defamation - Libel - Qualified Privilege - Election Communications - s.10 Defamation Act 1952 - Malice - Striking Out - CPR 3.4(2)

05/11/2001 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Best v Charter Medical of England Ltd

Defamation - Slander - Requirement to set out precise words used in Particulars of Claim - Whether Claimant had pleaded words with sufficient precision - Whether Claimant could seek further information from the Defendant as to the precise words used - CPR Part 53 PD 2.4

[2001] EWCA Civ 1588; [2002] EMLR 335 - Court of Appeal

Judge Peter Gibson, Robert Walker & Keene LJJ

Hamilton v Milroy-Sloan

Defamation- Libel - Injunctive Relief- Asset freezing order

30/08/2001 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Aikens J

Berezovsky v Forbes Inc & Michaels (No.2)

Defamation - Libel - Meaning - Justification of lesser meaning - Article 10 - Human Rights Act 1998 - s.5 Defamation Act 1952

[2001] EWCA Civ 1251; [2001] EMLR 1030 - Court of Appeal

Judge Aldous, Sedley & Arden LJJ

Gillick v Brook Advisory Centres & Another

Defamation - Libel - Meaning - Ruling on Meaning - CPR Part 53 PD 4.1 - Principles to be applied

[2001] EWCA Civ 1263 - Court of Appeal

Judge Lord Phillips MR, Latham & Jonathan Parker LJJ

Baldwin v Rusbridger

Defamation - Libel - Republication - Qualified Privilege - Reynolds - Reply to attack - Fair Comment - Freedom of Expression - Article 10 - European Convention on Human Rights

[2001] EMLR 1062 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

McPhilemy v Times Newspapers Ltd (No.4)

Defamation - Libel - Costs - Claimant's Offer to Settle - CPR Part 36.21 - Consequences of Claimant doing better than offer made - Indemnity Costs

[2001] EWCA Civ 933; [2002] 1 WLR 934; [2001] 4 All ER 861; [2001] EMLR 858 - Court of Appeal

Judge Simon-Brown, Chadwick & Longmore LJJ

McPhilemy v Times Newspapers Ltd (No.3)

Defamation - Libel - Jury Trial - Appeal against alleged perversity in jury verdict - Question left to the jury specifically on Appellants' insistence - Abuse of Process

[2001] EWCA Civ 871; [2001] EMLR 832 - Court of Appeal

Judge Simon-Brown, Chadwick & Longmore LJJ

Branson v Bower

Defamation - libel - fair comment - defendant publishing article about claimant's motives for bidding for National Lottery franchise - whether words complained of comment or statements of fact - judge ruling that words were comment

[2001] EWCA Civ 791; [2001] EMLR 800 - Court of Appeal

Judge Latham LJ & Sir Philip Otton

Elite Model Agency v BBC

Defamation - libel - reference - defamation of a company - whether correct claimant had sued - whether individuals should have sued

24/05/2001 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Alexander v Arts Council of Wales

Defamation - libel - withdrawing of malice from the jury at conclusion of evidence - right to jury determination - CPR Part 24 - summary jdgment - s.69 Supreme Court Act 1981

[2001] EWCA Civ 514; [2001] 1 WLR 1840; [2001] EMLR 713; [2001] 4 All ER 205 - Court of Appeal

Judge Lord Woolf CJ, May and Jonathan Parker LJJ

O’Shea v MGN Limited

Defamation - libel - reference - photograph - look-alike - Article 10 ECHR

[2001] EMLR 943 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Morland J

Milne v Telegraph Group Ltd

Defamation - libel - summary disposal - s.8 Defamation Act 1996

[2001] EMLR 760 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Sir Oliver Popplewell

Burstein v Times Newspapers Ltd

Defamation - Libel - Damages - Evidence in mitigation of damages - rule in Scott v Sampson - Summary disposal under s.8 Defamation Act 1996

[2000] EWCA Civ 338; [2001] 1 WLR 579; [2001] EMLR 364 - Court of Appeal

Judge Aldous, May LJJ & Sir Christopher Slade

Safeway v Tate

Defamation - Libel - CPR Part 24 - Summary Judgment - Right to Jury Trial - s.69 Supreme Court Act 1981

[2000] EWCA Civ 335; [2001] QB 1120; [2001] 2 WLR 1377 - Court of Appeal

Judge Otton LJ Mantell LJ Sir Ronald Waterhouse

Ruddy v Mercury Personal Communications Ltd

Defamation - Libel - Action brought on document disclosed in earlier proceedings - Striking Out - Abuse of Process - CPR Part 31.22(1)

31/07/2000 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Hickey v Marks

Defamation – libel - justification - fair comment – test for permission to appeal against trial findings of judge

06/07/2000 - Court of Appeal

Judge Morritt & May LJJ, Forbes J

Berezovsky v Forbes Inc & Michaels

Defamation - Jurisdiction - Choice of Forum - Forum Non Conveniens - Claimants' connection with and reputation in England and Wales - Admittance of new evidence

[2000] UKHL 25; [2000] 1 WLR 1004; [2000] 2 All ER 986; [2000] EMLR 643 - House of Lords

Judge Lords Steyn, Nolan, Hoffmann, Hope and Hobhouse

Gilbert v MGN Ltd

Defamation - libel - rugby ball manufacturer - qualified privilege - Reynolds - summary disposal

[2000] EMLR 680 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Eady J

Hamilton v Fayed

Defamation - libel action over allegations on television of corruption by Member of Parliament - parliamentary privilege - waiver under section 13 of Defamation Act 1996 - trial requiring investigation of same issues as Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards - whether libel action involved breach of parliamentary privilege and should be stayed.

[2001] AC 395 - House of Lords

Judge Lords Browne-Wilkinson, Steyn, Cooke, Hope and Clyde

McPhilemy v Times Newspapers Ltd (No.2)

Defamation - Libel - Civil Evidence - Use of witness statements at trial - CPR Part 32.5

[2000] 1 WLR 1732 - Court of Appeal

Judge Thorpe & Brooke LJJ

GKR Karate v Yorkshire Post Ltd (No 2)

Defamation - libel - qualified privilege - Reynolds - information from sports governing body - trial of preliminary issue - whether article complained of protected by qualified privilege

[2000] EWHC 180 (QB); [2000] EMLR 410 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Sir Oliver Popplewell

GKR Karate v Yorkshire Post Ltd

Defamation - libel - qualified privilege - Reynolds - preliminary issues - correct approach to assessment of privilege and malice

[2000] 1 WLR 2571; [2000] 2 All ER 931; [2000] EMLR 396 - Court of Appeal

Judge May & Tuckey LJJ

Gaddafi v Telegraph Group Ltd

Defamation - libel - newspaper publication - qualified privilege - Reynolds - journalist's sources - whether non-disclosure of sources precludes reliance on privilege

[1998] EWCA Civ 1626; [2000] EMLR 431 - Court of Appeal

Judge Stuart-Smith, Hirst & Tuckey LJJ

Reynolds v Times Newspapers Ltd

Defamation - libel - qualified privilege- newspaper publication concerning public figure engaged in political events- whether qualified privilege attached to all discussion of political matters- whether privilege attached to publication

[2001] 2 AC 127; [1999] 3 WLR 1010; [2000] EMLR 1; [1999] 4 All ER 609 - House of Lords

Judge Lords Nicholls, Steyn, Cooke, Hope and Hobhouse

Dwek v Macmillan Publishers Ltd & Others

Defamation - Libel - Photograph - Identification - Striking Out - Ruling on Meaning

[1999] EWCA Civ 2002; [2000] EMLR 284 - Court of Appeal

Judge Judge, May & Sedley LJJ

McPhilemy v Times Newspapers Ltd

Defamation - Libel - Amendment - Justification - Lucas Box Meanings - Proportionality - proper role of pleadings

[1999] EWCA Civ 1464; [1999] 3 All ER 775; [1999] EMLR 751 - Court of Appeal

Judge Lord Woolf MR & May and Judge LJJ

Godfrey v Demon Internet Ltd

Defamation - Libel - Damages - Evidence in mitigation of damages

[1999] EWHC QB 240; [1999] 4 All ER 342 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Morland J

Norman v Future Publishing

Defamation - libel - defamatory content - ridicule - attribution of joke - whether words capable of being defamatory

[1998] EWCA Civ 161; [1999] EMLR 325 - Court of Appeal

Judge Hirst, Peter Gibson & May LJJ

Basham v Gregory (No.2)

Defamation - Libel - Meaning - Justification - Defamation Act 1952, s.5 - Summing up - Misdirection - Criticism of counsel - Retrial

[1998] EWCA Civ 1137 - Court of Appeal

Judge Stuart-Smith & Otton LJJ & Sir Brian Neill

Marks & Spencer plc v Granada Television Ltd

Defamation - Libel - Evidence - Hearsay - Civil Evidence Act 1968

[1998] EWCA Civ 207 - Court of Appeal

Judge Lord Bingham CJ, Swinton-Thomas & Mummery LJJ

Holley v Smyth

Defamation - libel - interim injunction - justification - whether motive of publisher relevant

[1998] QB 726; [1998] 2 WLR 742; [1998] 1 All ER 853 - Court of Appeal

Judge Auld, Slade, Staughton LLJ

Brady v United Kingdom

Human Rights- Defamation - Libel - malicious falsehood - legal aid - mental patients - access to court - right to private life - inhuman and degrading treatment

(1997) 24 EHRR CD 38 - European Commission of Human Rights

Judge

Aitken v Preston and Others

Defamation - Libel - Mode of Trial - Trial by Judge alone - Prolonged Examination of Documents - s.69 Supreme Court Act 1981

[1997] EMLR 415 - Court of Appeal

Judge Bingham LCJ, Hirst & Millett LJJ

Jones v Pollard

Defamation - Libel - Quantum of damages - whether award was excessive

[1996] EWCA Civ 1186; [1997] EMLR 233 - Court of Appeal

Judge Hirst, Waite & Roch LJJ

Broxton v McClelland (No.2)

Defamation - Libel - conduct of jury trial

[1996] EWCA Civ 955; [1997] EMLR 157 - Court of Appeal

Judge Staughton & Swinton Thomas LJJ and Judge J

Basham v Gregory

Defamation - Late Amendments - Justification

21/02/1996 - Court of Appeal

Judge Lord Bingham CJ, Roch & Swinton Thomas LJJ

Tolstoy Miloslavsky v United Kingdom

Defamation - Libel - Freedom of expression - article 10- access to court - artcile 6- quantum of libel damages - injunction restraining further publication - security for costs order

(1995) 20 EHRR 442 - European Court of Human Rights

Judge

Charleston & Smith v News Group Newspapers Ltd

Defamation - Libel - Headline - Photographs - Meaning

[1995] 2 AC 65; [1995] 2 WLR 450; [1995] 2 All ER 313 - House of Lords

Judge Lords Keith, Bridge, Browne-Wilkinson, Slynn and Lloyd

Broxton v McClelland

Defamation - libel - abuse of process - collateral purpose - striking out

[1995] EMLR 485 - Court of Appeal

Judge Nourse, Simon Brown and Waite LJJ

McDonalds Corp v Steel and Morris

Defamation - Libel - Striking Out - Defence - Justification - Basis on which it was proper to advance plea of justification - defences of justification and fair comment form part of the framework by which free speech is protected

[1995] 3 All ER 615 - Court of Appeal

Judge Neill, Steyn & Peter Gibson LJJ

Charlton v EMAP plc and others

Defamation - settlement - statement in open court - defendant's objection to terms - court's approach - relevant considerations - whether commercial reasons for settlement offer to be referred to

(1993) TLR 333 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge HHJ John Previte QC

Warren v Marsh

Sport - libel - television broadcast - boxer accusing manager of impropriety - justification - consent - whether one joint publisher could rely on consent given to another

30/10/1992 - Queen's Bench Division

Judge Drake J and a jury

ex parte Coventry Newspapers Ltd

Disclosure - Defamation - Libel - public interest immunity - implied undertaking - criminal proceedings

[1993] QB 278 - Court of Appeal

Judge Lord Taylor CJ, Simon Brown & Roch LJJ

Brent Walker Group Plc v Time Out Ltd

Defamation - fair comment on privileged statement - striking out of defence - what facts to be proved for valid defence

[1991] 2 QB 33 - Court of Appeal

Judge Parker and Bingham LJJ

US Tobacco v BBC

Defamation - Libel - justification of meanings not complained of - twin defamatory stings - complaint of one only - defendant justifying both - whether case to be confined to one sting only

[1998] EMLR 816 - Court of Appeal

Judge Purchas, Nicholls & Russell LJJ

Barnett v Crozier

Defamation - settlement with one of two defendants - statement in open court - objection by remaining defendant -discretion to permit

[1987] 1 WLR 272 - Court of Appeal

Judge Nourse and Ralph Gibson LJJ

Williams v Reason

Libel - Appeal - Justification - Wider meaning - Admissible Evidence

[1988] 1 WLR 96; [1988] 1 All ER 262 - Court of Appeal

Judge Stephenson, O'Connor, Purchas LJJ