An allegation of dishonesty: A statement of fact or the expression of opinion? – Tom Double

6 03 2019

In a number of recent libel cases, the court has encouraged parties to apply prior to the service of a defence for a preliminary issue trial where the meaning of the words complained of is in dispute. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Carruthers v Associated Newspapers, Child Care Chief Fails in Bid to Sue Newspapers for Libel – Media Lawyer

18 01 2019

In the case of Carruthers v Associated Newspapers ([2019] EWHC 33 (QB)) , the claimant a child welfare chief who worked for the council involved in two major scandals over ill-treatment of children failed in a bid to sue two newspaper publishers for defamation. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Morgan v Associated Newspapers, Defendant required to re-plead opinion defence – Media Lawyer

15 12 2018

The newspaper being sued by a wealthy businessman over allegations relating to his purchase of homes intended as affordable housing has been told it must re-plead its defence to his libel claim. Read the rest of this entry »





Northern Ireland: Reform of the law of defamation, the defence of honest opinion – Eoin O’Dell

20 07 2016

honest_opinionIn Northern Ireland, the Minister for Finance has just published a Review of the Law of Defamation, prepared for it by Andrew Scott (Associate Professor of Law, LSE). Prof Scott had prepared a consultation paper for the Northern Ireland Law Commission (NILC) in November 2014. The consultation period closed on 20 February 2015. Read the rest of this entry »





Was the High Court right to find that the DA’s SMS saying Zuma ‘stole’ was fair comment? – Dario Milo and Ben Winks

13 04 2014

ZumaOn Friday, 4 April 2014, in the case of African National Congress v Democratic Alliance ([2014] ZAGPJHC 58), the  the Johannesburg High Court that it was ‘fair comment’ for the Democratic Alliance (DA) to label President Zuma a thief in a bulk SMS sent to over 1.5 million recipients last month. The judgment raises important questions about the boundaries of free speech in a democratic society. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Ireland, Jury award of €150,000 defamation damages against Irish Daily Mail

23 02 2013

Denis O'BrienOn 14 February 2013, a Irish High Court jury awarded defamation damages of €150,000 to billionaire businessman Denis O’Brien (pictured) in a claim against the Irish Daily Mail. The jury rejected the defence of honest opinion, finding that the article was not based on fact and was not in the public interest. Read the rest of this entry »