Triaster Ltd v Dun & Bradstreet Ltd: preliminary issues trial

Court to determine meaning, whether statement defamatory at common law and whether fact or opinion

Mr Justice Jay will today hear the trial of four preliminary issues in Triaster Ltd’s libel action against Dun & Bradstreet in relation to a credit report it produced on the claimant company. The trial will determine the meaning (both natural and ordinary and innuendo), whether the statement is defamatory at common law and whether it was fact or opinion.

Victoria Jolliffe, instructed by Brandsmiths, for the Defendant.  Kate Wilson, instructed by Pennington Manches LLP, for the Claimant.