Defamation – Plaintiff’s Right to Trial By Jury

In the recent decision of Padraig Higgins v Irish Aviation Authority [2016] IEHC 245 , Moriarty J considered whether pursuant to Section 23(1)(c) the plaintiff was entitled to have damages determined by a jury. Background This case concerned a claim by the plaintiff in respect of three emails alleged to have [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:24:57+00:00June 17th, 2016|Damages, Defamation, High Court, Investigation, Litigation, Witnesses|Comments Off on Defamation – Plaintiff’s Right to Trial By Jury

Defamation (Amendment) Bill 2014

The Oireachtas recently published the Defamation (Amendment) Bill 2014 ("the Bill") the purpose of which is to limit the damages certain public bodies may receive in defamation actions so as to protect public discourse from public bodies using the resources of the State and the powers granted to them by [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:25:58+00:00July 7th, 2014|Damages, Defamation, latest news|Comments Off on Defamation (Amendment) Bill 2014

Freedom of Expression – Website Legally Responsible for Defamatory Postings

The judgement in Delfi AS v Estonia (64569/09) was delivered by the European Court of Human Rights ("ECHR") on 10th October 2013.The case was recently highlighted in the Irish Times on Saturday 12th October and we thought we would take a closer at the case in today's blog. Background Delfi [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:21:03+00:00October 21st, 2013|Defamation, latest news, Litigation|Comments Off on Freedom of Expression – Website Legally Responsible for Defamatory Postings

The Defamation Act 2009 and Remedies

In the second of our blog posts concerning the Defamation Act 2009, we look at the various remedies available under the Act. 1. Declaratory Order A new fast track remedy is now available under the Act whereby a person who claims to be the subject of a statement he or [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:20:33+00:00August 15th, 2013|Circuit Court, Defamation, High Court, Injunction, Internet, social media, Statute of Limitations (Amendment) Bill 2013|Comments Off on The Defamation Act 2009 and Remedies

Social Media and Defamation – UK High Court rules tweet was defamatory

In the recently published decision of  The Lord McAlpine of West Green v Sally Bercow [2013] EWHC 1342 (QB) the UK High Court ruled that a tweet published by Sally Bercow, the wife of the speaker of the British House of Commons, which falsely linked Lord McAlpine with an allegation of child sexual [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:20:11+00:00May 28th, 2013|Defamation, latest news, Litigation, social media|Comments Off on Social Media and Defamation – UK High Court rules tweet was defamatory