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Court of Appeal clarifies ‘serious harm’ test under defamation laws

A new ruling by the Court of Appeal has confirmed that it will not be as challenging for people to bring defamation claims before the courts in England and Wales under new defamation laws as many media organisations may have hoped, a specialist in media litigation has said.13 Sep 2017

High Court judge grants malicious falsehood and data protection injunctions over video content

A UK businessman has been barred from repeating false statements he made about a rival company and one of its senior employees, and ordered not to process the personal data of that employee again.

New figures show small rise in number of privacy injunction proceedings in England and Wales

There was a small rise in the number of cases dealt with by the courts in England and Wales concerning applications for privacy injunctions during the first half of this year, according to new statistics published by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).18 Sep 2017

Range of factors behind fall in number of defamation cases, says expert

A change in the law that makes it more challenging to prove defamation in England and Wales is just one reason why the number of defamation cases brought in the UK fell last year, according to a media law expert.07 Jun 2017

Recent ruling a reminder that journalistic defence can defeat data protection breach claims, says expert

ANALYSIS: A ruling by the High Court in London last month highlights the special rules that publishers can rely on under UK data protection law to defeat claims that they have processed personal data unlawfully. 08 Mar 2017

Bringing defamation case may have done company more harm than good, says expert

An aircraft charter company has recorded a “pyrrhic victory” in winning £10 in damages for defamatory comments made about the health of its finances by a rival aviation business, an expert has said.

BBC defends defamation claim using justification defence

The BBC has successfully defended a claim that it defamed a London imam before the High Court in London.

Supreme Court backs privacy injunction against the media in celebrity sex scandal case

Supreme Court judges have prohibited publishers in England and Wales from disclosing the identity of a male celebrity who reportedly engaged in an extra-marital sexual encounter with two other people, despite details of the scandal being widely available on the internet.

Latest celebrity case shows online reporting can undermine case for privacy injunction, says expert

A new ruling by the Court of Appeal in London highlights how the reporting of stories in other countries and the dissemination of those stories online can serve to undermine the case for privacy injunctions against publishers in the UK, an expert has said.

Twitter libel case shows Northern Ireland is more ‘claimant friendly’ than the rest of the UK, say experts

A judge’s decision in a libel trial in Northern Ireland reinforces the fact that the country is the most “claimant friendly” in the UK for bringing defamation claims, experts have said.

Further ‘judicial direction’ given on meaning of serious harm under defamation laws, says expert

Courts in England have given further guidance on when statements can be said to have caused or be likely to cause ‘serious harm’ under defamation laws, an expert has said.

Publishers’ headlines must be ‘supported’ by article text under revised industry code

Claims made in headlines in British newspapers, magazines or online publications must be reflected in the text of the article to which those headlines relate under revisions to an industry code set to come into effect from the beginning of 2016.

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