March 29, 2007
WPP libel and privacy case settles
Sir Martin Sorrell accepts £120,000 in damages
The libel and privacy action brought by Sir Martin Sorrell against Marco Benatti and Marco Tinelli came to a premature end yesterday with Sir Martin accepting damages of £120,000.
Sir Martin, chief executive of advertising group WPP, claimed the defendants were responsible for a defamatory blog and, with his co-claimant Daniela Weber, also claimed in respect of a highly offensive jpeg which they alleged was an invasion of privacy.
The settlement, reached 10 days into the widely reported High Court trial, did not include any admissions as to liability. The defendants had denied personal responsibility for the publications throughout the action.
The parties’ agreed statement said: “FullSix Spa, FullSix SAS, Marco Benatti and Marco Tinelli repeat their acceptance that the allegations complained of in the blogs in the libel action are untrue and that the emails which are the subject matter of the privacy action infringe the claimants’ privacy. For his part, Sir Martin Sorrell acknowledges that Mr Benatti and Mr Tinelli have given assurances that they were not personally responsible and he is not pursuing his complaint that Mr Benatti or Mr Tinelli were responsible.”
Co-claimant Ms Weber accepted a further £30,000 in damages for her privacy claim in respect of the emailed image. The defendants also agreed to contribute £50,000 towards the claimants’ costs.
- Sorrell accepts £120,000 payout – BBC
- Sorrell Settles UK Libel Lawsuit for 120000 Pounds – Bloomberg
- WPP CEO Accepts Damages for Libel – Forbes
- Sorrell settles mafia blog case for £120,000 – Guardian
- Sorrell accepts £120,000 libel payout but faces ‘costs of £2m’ – Independent
- Litigation heavyweights reach Sorrell settlement – Legal Week
- Libel lawsuit by WPP Chief is settled for $235,000 – New York Times
- Sorrell accepts £120,000 in libel damages – Telegraph
- Tycoon settles for £120000 damages – This is London