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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
On appeal from the decision of Warby J  QB 402;  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
On appeal from a decision of Sir Michael Tugendhat  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.
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
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)
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
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
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.
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
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.