Defamation, privacy & reputation

22 June 2012

Not so black and white: privacy and harassment by publication

Two recent cases, with contrasting results, have attracted press attention on the subject of Privacy and ‘Harassment by Publication’.

6 February 2012

New Court Guidelines on Social Media: To Tweet or Not to Tweet

With the increasing demand for live reporting of high-profile cases, and the proliferation in the use of Twitter, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, has issued new Court guidelines clarifying the use of live text-based communications such as mobile email, social media (including Twitter) and internet enabled laptops in and from Courts in England and Wales:

10 November 2011

Territorial Jurisdiction V The Internet – The EJC adopts a wider interpretation of jurisdiction in relation to privacy rights

Recently, there has been an interesting ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on two joined cases, both relating to alleged multi-jurisdictional defamation by means of material published on the internet. The inherent conflict of the globality of the internet and the territorially limited jurisdiction of national courts was the key issue.

27 October 2011

Solicitors from Hell owner loses slander action over “criminal” comment

In September 2011, Rick Kordowski, promoter of the website www.solicitorsfromhell.com, issued a claim against Desmond Hudson, Chief Executive of the Law Society, in respect of an alleged comment he made to Professor John Flood that “Rick Kordowski was a criminal”. The comment was subsequently published by Professor Flood on his blog.

13 October 2011

Tabloids 1 Rio 0 - recent ruling on privacy laws

The tabloids got what they probably saw as a much needed (and overdue) victory against the celebrity world when Justice Nicol rejected Rio Ferdinand’s privacy case against the Sunday Mirror at the end of last month.

Ryan Mowat

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