||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 361 (Jul)
|| EWCA Civ 983
||Court of Appeal, Civil Division
Sedley, Longmore and Maurice Kay LJJ
||James Price QC and Jonathan Barnes (instructed by Peter Carter-Ruck & Partners) for the claimants.
||Stephen Suttle QC (instructed by Times Newspapers Ltd) for the defendant.
||21 July 2004
Libel and slander - Defamation - Meaning of defamatory words - Whether words capable of bearing particular meaning - Defamation of company - Appeal.
Where the judge had been mistaken in concluding that an article published by the defendant had not contained any allegation that there were reasonable grounds for suspicion of the first claimant's involvement in funding terrorism, it would be for a jury to determine whether the meaning of the words resided at the level of reasonable grounds to suspect, or the level of grounds merely for investigation, or at neither level, and the first claimant's case would be permitted to go for trial.
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