Defamation and libel

By Press Gazette 30 October 13:01
The story, published earlier this week, was about David Ainsworth being jailed for six months for his crimes.
By William Turvill and Press Association 28 October 11:32
Ruth Cooke and Midland Heart had their case against the Sunday Mirror thrown out of court in August by Mr Justice Bean.
By PA Media Lawyer 23 October 12:52
The Revs Tana Riviere and Royston Such, who married in August 1995, were particularly outraged as it was the third time that the newspaper had published the false allegation.
By PA Media Lawyer 21 October 12:58

American showbiz couple Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel (pictured: Reuters) have settled a lawsuit against celeb weekly Heat after suing the title in Dublin over a story which alleged the singer had "got flirty" with another woman in a nightclu

By PA Mediapoint 06 October 17:05
Spanish-born GP Jose Antonio Serrano Garcia, 44, sued over an April 2012 article which appeared in the Daily Mail under the heading: "A whole year of hell, thanks to a foreign doctor".
By William Turvill 03 October 8:43
Gerry McCann (pictured right, Reuters), the father of Madeleine McCann, has claimed “absolutely nothing” has changed in the newspaper industry since the Leveson Report was published nearly two years ago.
By William Turvill 23 September 10:09
Mitchell, Conservative MP for Sutton Coldfield, filed a claim for up to £150,000 last March after The Sun claimed in a September 2012 front page story that he had called police "fucking plebs" after they wouldn't let him wheel his bicycle through the gates of Downing Street.
By William Turvill 19 September 10:33
Kate and Gerry McCann took issue with a front-page Insight story from last year, which the couple said suggested they had kept "secret from investigating authorities a crucial piece of evidence concerning the disappearance of their daughter".
By Dominic Ponsford 20 August 16:23
Chairman of the Commons energy select committee Tim Yeo is suing The Sunday Times for libel over a report that he coached a paying client before they gave evidence to his committee.
By Cleland Thom 20 August 11:37
A judge has provided the first clues about the realities of the new Defamation Act’s ‘serious harm’ test.
By Dominic Ponsford 15 August 14:54

The president of Olympiakos Football Club has settled his libel dispute with the The Sun over claims he was facing criminal charges for bribery and match fixing.

By PA Media Lawyer 07 August 10:48
The two actions are the case in which former Conservative chief whip Andrew Mitchell (pictured, Reuters) is suing News Group Newspapers, publisher of The Sun, over its reporting of an altercation in which he was involved at the gates of Downing Street, and the case in which he is in turn being sued by Pc Toby Rowland, the officer involved in the incident.
By PA Mediapoint 05 August 17:01
Sheridan (pictured, Reuters) was jailed in 2011 after he was found guilty of lying under oath during his successful defamation action against the now-defunct News of the World newspaper.
By William Turvill 04 August 9:11
The singer (pictured, Reuters) was accused of boasting that she could "sort out" cocaine for Mahmood, dubbed the Fake Sheikh, and put him in touch with her rapper friend Mike GLC, who supplied the Class A drug.
By William Turvill 14 July 12:54
A man who won £70,000 libel damages from The Sun after the paper accused him of being a paedophile has been jailed for life – for being a paedophile.
By William Turvill 09 July 17:08
The Mail reported on 5 April that Tom Clarke, Labour MP for Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill, was involved in the decision to reduce the amount of expenses that former culture secretary Maria Miller should repay.
Andrew Caldecott QC addressing Press Gazette's Defamation 2014 conference
By Dominic Ponsford 07 July 15:12
Press Gazette’s Defamation 2014 conference last month provided a great primer on what the new Defamation Act means for journalists.
By Dominic Ponsford 27 June 13:15
One of the key architects of libel reform, Lord Lester, has said the press self regulator the Independent Press Standards Organisation time to work.
By PA Media Lawyer 23 May 9:51
Many journalists may have failed to understand the extent to which the Bribery Act 2010 could affect their activities, the head of the BBC's editorial legal group told a conference.
By William Turvill and Press Association 15 May 9:00
Dr Atef Halim Wissa was claiming £15,000 for an article alleging that he was one of three doctors who had not realised a patient, who later died, had a "tumour the size of a tennis ball".