Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2012] All ER (D) 92 (Oct)
Neutral Citation: [2012] EWHC 2751 (QB)
Court: Queen's Bench Division

Tugendhat J

Representation Ronald Thwaites QC and William McCormick QC (instructed by Carter-Ruck) for the claimant.
  Manuel Barca QC (instructed by Pia Sarma) for the defendant.
Judgment Dates: 10 October 2012


Libel and slander - Defamatory words - Words capable of defamatory meaning - Claimant complaining that newspaper article implicating him in tax avoidance scheme - Defendant newspaper applying to strike out action on basis that words not capable of bearing meaning attributed to them by claimant - Whether words capable of bearing meaning attributed to them by claimant.

The Case

Libel and slander Defamatory words. The Queen's Bench Division held that the words complained of by the claimant pop star Sir Elton John as published in the Times Newspaper, were not capable of bearing the meanings attributed to them by the claimant or any other meaning defamatory of him.

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