Ofcom. Press Complaints Commission >> Home Page >> Welcome. Legislation gov uk. Courts and Tribunals Judiciary. The Crown Prosecution Service. Attorney General's Office. Defamation Act 2013 - What is serious harm? Yesterday the High Court handed down its first judgment addressing the question of what amounts to "serious harm" in the context of the Defamation Act 2013 (the "Act").
The Court has confirmed that the "serious harm" hurdle that must now be overcome is high. Summary Since 1 January 2014, a statement will not be defamatory unless its publication has caused or is likely to cause serious harm to the reputation of the claimant. Where a claimant is a body that trades for profit, harm is not serious unless it has caused or is likely to cause serious financial loss. (Our summary of the full changes brought about by the Act can be found here.) Ethical Challenges for Digital Journalism- Richard Gingras. Case Law: Thompson v James – blogger loses libel claim against Council – Gervase de Wilde. There may be no typical cases in this area of the law, but Thompson v James epitomised the controversy which can surround libel litigation.
The protracted and bitter nature of the dispute, the Claimant’s focus on local government transparency, and the issue of access to Council proceedings all made the action a subject of concern to a range of vociferous interest groups in the print media and online. The case was even the subject of a Times editorial on the final day of the trial. The 423 paragraph judgment, handed down by Mr Justice Tugendhat at the High Court in London on Friday 15 March (Thompson v James & Anor ( EWHC 515 (QB)), found for Mr James and Carmarthenshire Council on both the claim and the counterclaim, and also provided significant context for the coverage.
Background Jacqui Thompson, who runs a blog called “Carmarthenshire Planning Problems”, is a long-standing critic of Carmarthenshire County Council and its Chief Executive, Mark James. Blogs, online publications and defamation. A local authority officer recently succeeded in a counter-claim for libel.
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Jacqui Thompson, from Llanwrda, Carmarthenshire, was sued by Mark James over five posts she made on her blog. Mrs Thompson also faces a £230,000 legal bill after losing a bid to sue Mr James for libel. Mr James said he was pleased that the Appeal Court had "dismissed completely" Mrs Thompson's case. Ethical Challenges for Digital Journalism- Richard Gingras. UK's Biggest Crowd Funding Platform. GoFundMe: #1 for Crowdfunding & Fundraising Websites. Online investing, equity crowdfunding, business finance : Crowdcube.
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