Monthly Archives: May 2013

Sally Bercow tweet was defamatory

Lord McAlpine has succeeded in his high profile libel claim against sally Bercow after Mr Justice Tugendhat found that a tweet she published on 4 November 2012 was indeed defamatory of the Tory peer.  Following the decision (McAlpine v Bercow [2013] EWHC 1342 (QB)) the parties have agreed terms of settlement.

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Court of Appeal holds public has a right to know about Boris Johnson’s lovechild

In AAA v Associated Newspapers Ltd [2013] EWCA Civ 554 the Court of Appeal considered an appeal brought on behalf a three-year old child (via her maternal step-grandfather) against the decision of Mrs Justice Nicola Davies in her privacy claim against the owners of the Daily Mail.

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Defamation Act 2013 receives royal assent

After much parliamentary wrangling, the Defamation Bill has become the Defamation Act 2013.   The Act codifies and consolidates much, but by no means all, of the existing libel law.  It also represents a shift in favour of freedom of expression, arguably at the expense of the protection of reputation.  Key features include:-

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Retailers displaying ‘lads’ mags’ could face discrimination claims

A number of leading human rights lawyers have called on supermarkets and other retailers to withdraw ‘lads’ mags’ from their stores. The magazines typically feature scantily-clad women on their covers.  In an open letter to The Guardian the lawyers claim that exposing staff to such publications may constitute sexual harassment and sex discrimination contrary to the Equality Act 2010.

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˜Good samaritan paid damages in libel claim against the Metropolitan Police

Leslie Austin, a Hackney resident, brought libel proceedings against the Metropolitan police after he was wrongly identified as a rioter.  On 8 August 2011, Mr Austin left his place of work and assisted various vulnerable people that had innocently found themselves caught up in the riots.   He was commended by individual police officers for his assistance on that night.

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McAlpine v Bercow to be listed for preliminary hearing on meaning of tweet

In McAlpine v Bercow [2013] EWHC 981 (QB) Mr Justice Tugendhat granted an application by the Claimant Lord McAlpine for a preliminary hearing to be held to determine the meaning of the Defendant sally Bercow’s tweet of 4 December 2012 – ‘Why is Lord McAlpine trending? *Innocent face*’.

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