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Online Publication Claims: Foreign defendants and section 9 of the Defamation Act 2013 – Darryl Hutcheon

For many years there was a perception that the private international law rules applied by English courts allowed for so-called “libel tourism”, meaning the practice of opportunistic litigants (often with very limited connections to England and Wales) using English courts to bring defamation claims with much stronger connections to other jurisdictions. In enacting section 9 of the Defamation Act 2013 Parliament sought to address this concern by making it much harder for English courts to hear those kinds of claims. Continue reading

Online Publication Claims: an Introduction – Guy Vassall-Adams QC and Hugh Tomlinson QC

The Internet has brought about a global communications revolution. An individual who wishes to communicate with others no longer needs a printing press or a broadcasting operation. Instead information can be communicated worldwide with a few keystrokes. Words, sounds, pictures or videos can, potentially, be communicated to the nearly 48% of the world’s population – 3.2 billion people – who are now estimated to use the internet (see ITU figures). Continue reading

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