High Court awards Craig Wright £1 in libel damages


In a judgment handed down on 1 August Mr Justice Chamberlain found that Dr Craig Wright had proven at trial a case of inherent serious harm to reputation in respect of an allegation that Dr Wright fraudulently claimed to be the creator of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto, published by the blogger Peter McCormack in 14 tweets and a video.

However, the Judge found that Dr Wright had “advanced a deliberately false case” as to alleged specific instances of serious harm, namely his case that he had been disinvited from ten academic conferences due to the publications.  Having heard Dr Wright give oral evidence, the Judge held Dr Wright “not to be a witness of truth” and that the deliberately false case on serious harm “advanced by Dr Wright until days before trial” required more than a mere reduction in the award of damages. The Judge stated that “it makes it unconscionable that Dr Wright should receive any more than nominal damages” and, following previous case law, awarded him a derisory £1. The issue of costs will be determined at a later date.

Catrin Evans QC and Ben Silverstone acted for Mr McCormack, instructed by RPC LLP.

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