||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 211 (Jun)
|| EWHC 1544 (QB)
||Queen's Bench Division
||Richard Spearman QC and Jacob Dean (instructed by Simon Smith) for the claimant.
||Andrew Caldecott QC and Sarah Palin (instructed by Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP) for the defendant.
||24 June 2010
Libel and slander - Defamatory words - Words capable of defamatory meaning - Claimant commencing libel proceedings against defendant in relation to article published in national newspaper - Defendant advancing defence of fair comment - Defendant applying for ruling on meaning of words and on defence of fair comment - Whether words statement of fact or comment.
Libel and slander Defamatory words. In libel proceedings brought by the claimant in relation to an article appearing in the defendant's newspaper and on its website, the Queen's Bench Division gave ruling on the meaning of the article by way of preliminary issue. The court also gave a ruling on the defence of fair comment.
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