Twibel wars: Twitter is not “the wild west” in the eyes of the law – Oliver Lock

5 04 2017

Last month, Mr Justice Warby handed down judgment in Monroe v Hopkins [2017] EWHC 433 (QB), the first libel case to consider the “serious harm” test under section 1 of the Defamation Act 2013 within the context of a social media post.

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News: Katie Hopkins lodges application for permission to appeal in Twitter libel case

3 04 2017

The columnist and broadcaster Katie Hopkins has lodged an application to the Court of Appeal for permission to appeal against the judgment of Warby J ([2017] EWHC 433 (QB)) awarding damages of £24,000 to food blogger and writer Jack Monroe. Read the rest of this entry »





Twitter, defamation and “serious harm” – David Rolph

25 03 2017

Twitter may well be the “Wild West” of social media. Certainly, anyone who has spent even a little time on it will be aware that there are a lot of people out there with most decided views who are willing to share them, frequently and stridently. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Jack Monroe v Katie Hopkins, Success for claimant in Twitter libel case – Nathan Capone

11 03 2017

Food blogger and political activist Jack Monroe has won a defamation claim against Katie Hopkins in respect of two tweets published on Twitter (see the Inforrm case preview). Ms Monroe was awarded £24,000 in damages.  Judgment was handed down by Warby J on 10 March 2017 ([2017] EWHC 433 (QB)), Read the rest of this entry »





Case Report: Jack Monroe v Katie Hopkins, Libel Trial, Day 3: Claimants closing submissions, judgment reserved

2 03 2017

monroe-hopkinsThe trial of the case of Jack Monroe v Katie Hopkins concluded on Wednesday 1 March 2017, Day 3 of the trial before Mr Justice Warby in Court 13 at the Royal Courts of Justice.  We had case preview from last Friday and a case report on Days 1 and 2 of the hearing. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Report: Jack Monroe v Katie Hopkins, Days 1 and 2: claimant’s evidence and defendant’s closing submissions

1 03 2017

Royal Courts of JusticeThe trial of the case of Jack Monroe v Katie Hopkins (see our case preview from last Friday) began on Monday 27 February 2017 before Mr Justice Warby in Court 13 at the Royal Courts of Justice. Read the rest of this entry »