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Allegations of defamation can be very difficult to prove. Matters turn largely on evidential issues, and often require the Court to determine matters of fact, which can only be done at trial. However, in certain cases, an uber-aggressive application can be made to strike the case out, often on procedural grounds, as prescribed under the Civil Procedure Rules. If a case cannot show the Court bonafide grounds of success because it has been pleaded badly or defectively, then it is fair game to a strike out application. This is exactly what happened in the case of Reynolds v Bovey.

“The cost of worldwide litigation is completely out of control” – the words of Mr Justice Colman following a one day maintenance hearing last week, costing £55,000!

The recent case of Josh Grant highlights that even in the most emotional of circumstances software providers, such as Apple are unwilling to release sensitive user data in the absence of a Court Order.

How Not To Litigate

Some of you may have read about the long running saga that was widely reported in the press: Young vs Young.

For an adult film star, your image and your brand are everything. The manner in which you act is unique and therefore subject to copyright protection. This is particularly apparent to girls working on ‘call in shows’. Your copyright is exclusive TO YOU: it belongs TO YOU, and you make money out of it. Money is received by you from the company that you contract with, often the same company that operates and manages the ‘call in shows’.

On 27th February, the Law Commission published a report about Matrimonial Property, Needs and Arrangements and immediately thereafter there was a mass of reports in the media celebrating what they were heralding as being the validation of pre-nuptial agreements. Slightly premature in my opinion.

Now that things have calmed down a little and we have all had time to digest the report, I can finally tell you what the real position is.

Australian man is ordered to pay $105,000.00 following the publication of online defamation on Twitter and Facebook.

The recent case featured in the Evening Standard, of Pinder Reaux client Joanne Walder and her quest to recover her reputation following a libellous slur by Sharon Smith on Facebook indicates that posting unlawful material on Facebook, even on a private Wall on a closed profile can still be disastrous legally. 

Breaking News: Pinder Reaux Secure Successful Result For Facebook Defamation Victim

Social Media is in the news yet again and this time, it is the turn of Facebook.  Lucky for them however, they are not the ones actually under the spotlight.

The High Court’s ruling in the case of Welsh Conservative PM Mohammed Asghar shows that even foreign newspapers, printing in a different language, cannot escape English libel laws, and the strength of the Court where libel defamation is concerned.

Four years ago, the seriousness of cyber bullying was unknown to me.  I was a litigation and divorce lawyer.  I was then instructed by the victim of the most heinous of cyber bullying that I had seen and my eyes were opened to the real suffering which so many are quick to dismiss, just because the offence takes place online.

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