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The role of social media platforms and users in tackling Covid misinformation – Mathilde Groppo

Plandemic”. This was the name of a 26-minute video spreading misinformation about Covid-19 which went viral (pun intended) after it was posted online on Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo and a separate website set up to share the video in early May 2020. The New York Times reports that it had been viewed 8 million times within a week of its release. Continue reading

Case Law: Gilham v MGN, Primary school teacher awarded £49,000 compensation after offer of amends -Mathilde Groppo

On 12 August 2020, HHJ Lewis sitting as a judge of the High Court handed down judgment in Gilham v MGN Ltd & Anor [2020] EWHC 2217 (QB). This was a Part 8 claim for the determination of compensation following the acceptance of a qualified offer of amends, which was issued pursuant to section 3(5) of the Defamation Act 1996. Mr Gilham was awarded £49,000 by way of compensation. Continue reading

Case Law: Serafin v Malkiewicz: Supreme Court orders retrial ‘with deep regret’ and ‘a degree of embarrassment’ – Mathilde Groppo

On 3 June 2020 the Supreme Court handed down judgment in Serafin v Malkiewicz & Ors [2020] UKSC 23. The decision upheld the Court of Appeal’s finding of unfair trial, but considered that by ordering a remittal limited to the assessment of damages, the appellate judges had failed to address the consequences that should flow from this finding. Continue reading

Case Law: Duchess of Sussex v Associated Newspapers, Allegations of wrongdoing struck out as irrelevant, complex and costly – Mathilde Groppo

On 24 April 2020, Mr Justice Warby heard a pre-trial application in the case of HRH The Duchess of Sussex v Associated Newspapers Limited, in which the Defendant sought to have parts of the Claimant’s Particulars of Claim and of the corresponding parts of her Responses to the Defendant’s Requests for Further Information struck out. Continue reading

Litigation during lockdown: UK courts keep calm and carry on – Mathilde Groppo

When the Prime Minister announced the lockdown on 23 March 2020, the UK effectively aligned its response to the COVID-19 pandemic to that of other European countries. For litigation practitioners, this raised a number of queries relating not only to the effect this would have on their practice as a whole, but also – more pragmatically – to the effect this would have on upcoming hearings and the conduct thereof. Continue reading

Case Law: Lachaux v Independent Print, Supreme Court abolished common law presumption of damage in libel cases – Mathilde Groppo

The Supreme Court yesterday handed down its long awaited judgment in Lachaux v Independent Print Ltd & Anor [2019] UKSC 27. As predicted by various commentators  giving a preview of the case (including in my previous post), the five Supreme Court judges (Lord Kerr, Lord Wilson, Lord Sumption, Lord Hodge and Lord Briggs) clarified the applicable law, but unanimously dismissed the appeals against the Court of Appeal decision ([2017] EWCA Civ 1334) on the facts. Continue reading

Case Preview: Lachaux v Independent Print, Supreme Court to hear “serious harm” appeal – Mathilde Groppo

On Tuesday and Wednesday 13 and 14 November 2018, the Supreme Court (Lords Kerr, Wilson, Sumption, Hodge and Briggs) will hear the appeal in Lachaux (Respondent) v Independent Print Limited and another (Appellants) UKSC 2017/0175, against the Court of Appeal decision of Davis LJ, with whom MacFarlane and Sharp LJJ concurred ([2017] EWCA Civ 1334). Continue reading

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