Defamation | Cases

Cause of Action

Defamatory meaning

Berkoff v Burchill [1996] 4 All ER 1008

Byrne v Dean [1937] 1 KB 818

Interpretation

Lewis v Daily Telegraph [1964] AC 234

Charleston v News Group Newspapers Ltd [1995] 2 AC 65

Cassidy v Daily Mirror Newspapers Ltd [1929] 2 KB 331

Serious Harm (s.1 Defamation Act)

Lachaux v Independent Print Ltd [2019] UKSC 27, [2020] AC 612; [2017] EWCA Civ 1334, [2018] QB 594

Sobrinho v Impresa Publishing SA [2016] EWHC 66, [2016] EMLR 12

Cooke v MGN Ltd [2014] EWHC 2831 (QB)

Thorley v Lord Kerry (1812) 4 Taunt 355

Standing

Jameel v Wall Street Journal Europe sprl [2007] 1 AC 359

Knupffer v London Express Newspaper Ltd. [1944] AC 116

Derbyshire County Council v Times Newspapers Ltd. [1993] AC 534

Goldsmith v Bhoyrul [1998] QB 459

Strict Liability

E Hulton & Co v Jones [1910] AC 20

O’Shea v MGN [2001] EMLR 943

Baturina v Times Newspapers Ltd [2011] 1 WLR 1526

Byrne v Dean [1937] 1 KB 818

Newstead v London Express Newspapers [1940] 1 KB 377

Defences

Truth (s.2 Defamation Act)

Stern v Piper [1996] 3 All ER 385

Bookbinder v Tebbit [1989] 1 All ER 1169

Scott v Sampson (1882) 8 QBD 491

Honest Opinion (s.3 Defamation Act)

Cheng v Tse (2003) 3 HKCFA 339

Spiller v Joseph [2011] 1 AC 852

Qualified Privilege (s.4 Defamation Act)

Toogood v Spyring (1834) 1 CM & R 181

Horrocks v Lowe [1975] AC 135

Reynolds v Times Newspapers Ltd [2001] 2 AC 127

Economou v de Freitas [2018] EWCA Civ 2591, [2019] EMLR 7

Remedies

John v MGN [1996] 2 All ER 35

Broome v Cassell & Co Ltd [1972] AC 1027

Scott v Sampson (1882) 8 QBD 491

Bonnard v Perryman [1891] 2 Ch 269

Greene v Associated Newspapers Ltd [2005] QB 972.

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