#MeToo exposes legal failures, but ‘trial by Twitter’ isn’t one of them – Christy Clark

21 03 2018

File 20180316 104671 12l78mb.png?ixlib=rb 1.1Critics have raised concerns that #MeToo has turned into a “trial by Twitter”, suggesting it has turned the legal principle of innocent until proven guilty on its head. The Australian’s opinion columnist Janet Albrechtsen argued this point on the ABC’s #MeToo Q&A special last month. Read the rest of this entry »

Before you write that scathing online review, beware of defamation – Michael Douglas

20 03 2018

File 20180313 30989 1ppzbt.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Having suffered some terrible product or service, there is something darkly satisfying about publishing a scathing online review. This may not be virtuous or kind, but it can be cathartic. However, if your online review is disparaging of a person’s reputation, that person could sue you for defamation. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Statement in Open Court, Defendant apologises to supplement supplier over false “dead mouse” claim

9 03 2018

In a statement in open court [pdf] read before Mr Justice Nicklin on 7 March 2018 a  customer who made social media posts claiming that a nutrition product contained a dead mouse has apologised to the manufacturer and supplier and has agreed to pay costs and damages. Read the rest of this entry »

Northern Ireland: Defamation claims in 2017, a substantial reduction in the number of cases brought – Olivia O’Kane

8 03 2018

I have now obtained the figures concerning the numbers of defamation cases issued in Northern Ireland in 2017.  These figures are based on a search of the Court’s records for the period 1 January to 31 December 2017. Read the rest of this entry »

The Louise Reay libel case is no joke for comedians and lovers of comedy – Ian Wilkie

2 03 2018

File 20180222 152363 10an29i.png?ixlib=rb 1.1 Stand-up comedian Louise Reay is being sued by her ex-husband for defamation after she allegedly referred to him in a derogatory manner during her show at the Edinburgh Fringe. Read the rest of this entry »

Canada: Haaretz.com v Goldhar: Supreme Court set to pronounce on forum and jurisdiction in Internet libel claim – Natasha Holcroft-Emmess

14 02 2018

In Haaretz.com et al v Mitchell Goldhar (SCC case no. 37202), the Supreme Court of Canada is asked to decide whether the court in Ontario has jurisdiction to hear a defamation claim arising from an article widely published in Israel, but read online by a number of people in Canada. Read the rest of this entry »

Australia: Craig McLachlan, defamation and getting the balance right when sexual harassment goes to court – Rick Sarre

13 02 2018

Last week Rocky Horror Show actor Craig McLachlan issued defamation proceedings against Fairfax Media, the ABC and former co-star Christie Whelan Browne, one of the women who has accused McLachlan of sexual harassment. Read the rest of this entry »