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Month: July 2016 (Page 1 of 4)

Defamed by Persons Unknown – Interview with Iain Wilson

The case of Smith v Unknown Defendants [2016] EWHC 1775 (QB) was a libel action against unknown defendants who had published defamatory material on a website, the Queen’s Bench Division granted the claimant’s application for default judgment against the second defendant in his absence and granted summary relief of £10,000 in damages as well as injunctions prohibiting publication of further allegations and requiring the removal of any allegations placed elsewhere. Continue reading

Digital Economy Bill, Clause 64, HMRC information – Dan Tench

hmrc-2In a post on 26 July 2016, I wrote about three curiosities arising from Part 5 of the Digital Economy Bill which provides for the sharing of information in government.  There is however one further important curiosity relating to Part 5 of the Bill concerning information held by HMRC and arising from a case recently before the Supreme Court, R (Ingenious Media and Anr) v HMRCContinue reading

Case Law, Strasbourg: CICAD v Switzerland, Finding that allegation of “anti-semitism” was defamatory did not breach Article 10 – Calypso Blaj

couv2_0In the case of CICAD v Switzerland (Judgment of 7 June 2016)(French only), the Third Section of the Court of Human Rights held that a judgment finding that an accusation of anti-semitism made by the applicant was unlawful did not violate Article 10.  The Court refused to engage with issues as to the definition of “anti-semitism” but accepted the conclusions of the national court that such a serious allegation could not be justified. Continue reading

Case Law: Simpson v MGN, Court of Appeal creates a new distinction between “defamatory meaning” and “sting” – Jonathan Coad

SimpsonIn a judgment which betrays the complete lack of familiarity the law of defamation of its panel of three the Court of Appeal has overturned decades of precedent on a key issue in defamation proceedings, which is the establishment at an early stage of the defamatory meaning/sting of a publication (the two terms being synonyms). Continue reading

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