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Court of Appeal clarifies guidance on “serious harm” requirement under Defamation Act 2013

In an important decision for the law of defamation, the Court of Appeal has clarified the meaning and effect of the requirement to show “serious harm” under the Defamation Act 2013: Lachaux v Independent Print & Ors [2017] EWCA Civ … Continue reading

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High Court considers defamation and harassment in context of street protests and online publication by foreign defendants

The High Court recently considered the approach to interpreting a "course of conduct" under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 and the requirement of "serious harm" under the Defamation Act 2013: Hourani v Thomson and others [2017] EWHC 432 (QB). … Continue reading

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High Court finds tweets caused “serious harm” for purposes of claim in defamation

On 10 March 2017, the High Court held that two tweets written by Katie Hopkins (a well-known columnist for The Sun with 570,000 Twitter followers at the time) caused real and substantial distress to Jack Monroe (a food blogger and … Continue reading

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The Defamation Act: Two years on…

The Defamation Act 2013 came into force on 1 January 2014. Alan Watts and Sara Scott have published an e-bulletin looking at how the Act has developed and been applied over the last two years. Click here to read the e-bulletin.

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High Court provides guidance on “serious harm” requirement under Defamation Act 2013 and on procedural management of defamation claims

The Defamation Act 2013 introduced a statutory seriousness threshold that must be crossed before a statement can give rise to a claim: “[a] statement is not defamatory unless its publication has caused or is likely to cause serious harm to … Continue reading

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Update on defamation legislation – coming into force 1 January 2014

On 1 January 2014, four important legislative changes concerning the law of defamation will come into force including the Defamation Act 2013. Click here to read our defamation e-bulletin outlining the changes.

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New Defamation Act receives Royal Assent

The Defamation Bill received Royal Assent on 25 April 2013. The main changes to the current law concern corporations and their ability to sue, website users and scientific/academic journalists. Alan Watts and Louisa Robertson explain the changes below.

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