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Month: April 2015 (Page 1 of 5)

Privy Council: Pinard-Byrne v Linton, Hearing of Defamation Appeal in “Reynolds” case

Judicial_Committee_of_the_Privy_Council_-_Court_3As we noted in our weekly Law and Media Round Up, on 22 April 2015 the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council heard a libel appeal from Dominica in the case of Pinard-Byrne v Linton. The plaintiff is seeking to overturn a judgment of the the Court of Appeal of the Commonwealth of Dominica that the publications were protected by Reynolds qualified privilege (25 March 2013 [pdf]). Continue reading

Law and Media Round Up – 27 April 2015

New Round UpWe begin with three cases dealt with by the courts this week.  First On 24 April 2015, Jeremy Baker J handed down judgment in Asghar & Mujahid v Ahmad, Ali, Bhutt and Hayat ([2015] EWHC 1118 (QB)). The judge found that the claimants had been defamed by the Fourth Defendant, Mr Hayat, on a website and in a dossier of documents.  The defence of qualified privilege was unsuccessful and, in any event, the judge found that he was actuated by malice. The Claimants were each awarded £45,000 damages. Continue reading

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