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High Court rules in favour of Rebekah Vardy in libel preliminary issue trial

Vardy v Rooney [2020] EWHC 3156 (QB)

The defendant posted defamatory words about the claimant on social media in October 2019 and in June 2020 the claimant issued proceedings seeking damages for libel and an injunction. In September 2020 Mr Justice Nicklin ordered that the issue of what natural and ordinary meaning was borne by the words complained of should be tried […]

Permission to plead a public interest defence refused in Tommy Robinson libel case

Hijazi v Yaxley-Lennon [2020] EWHC 3058 (QB)

This judgment relates to a libel claim brought by a Syrian refugee schoolboy against far right activist Tommy Robinson, for comments made online after a video of the schoolboy being pushed to the ground and threatened with drowning provoked an outpouring of public sympathy. Tommy Robinson then posted two videos online making very serious allegations […]

High Court dismisses jurisdictional challenge in Qatar Airways case

Qatar Airways Group QCSC v Middle East News FZ LLC & Ors [2020] EWHC 2975 (QB)

This case originated in the blockade that a number of Middle Eastern states, led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, imposed on Qatar in June 2017. Land, sea, and air blockades were enforced, as well as the cutting of vital economic ties. The air blockade was the focus of these proceedings. By this measure, the […]

Meaning of Daily Telegraph article about Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou is an opinion and not defamatory

Haji-Ioannou v Telegraph Media Group Ltd & Anor [2020] EWHC 2922 (QB)

This libel and data protection action involves a column published in the print and online versions of The Daily Telegraph on 7th May 2020 about Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, is a prominent businessman, the founder of the well-known airline easyJet. The purpose of this hearing was to determine the preliminary meaning of the item. The judge […]

High Court dismisses “Steele dossier” libel claim

Gubarev & Anor v Orbis Business Intelligence Ltd & Anor [2020] EWHC 2912 (QB)

The claimants, a Russian businessman and one of his tech companies, were identified in an intelligence memorandum prepared by Christopher Steele in December 2016. It suggested that they were involved in Russian hacking of the Democrats in the November 2016 US presidential election. The memo had been provided by Mr Steele to the late Senator […]