Case Law: Flood v Times Newspapers, Reynolds defence fails

13 07 2010

The Court of Appeal today allowed the cross-appeal of the claimant, Gary Flood, against a decision of Mr Justice Tugendhat ([2009] EWHC 2375 (QB)) who had ruled, on the hearing of a preliminary issue, that the Times was entitled to rely on the defence of Reynolds qualified privilege in relation to the printed publication of an article.  The Court held that the publication of the article was not covered by Reynolds privilege.   It also dismissed the Times’ appeal against the judge’s finding that the privilege had been lost in relation to continuing online publication.  The judgment is available at [2010] EWCA Civ 804. Read the rest of this entry »