Defamation law



Austria: Supreme Court rules Facebook must remove comments defamatory of politician

The highest court in Austria has ruled that Facebook must remove all defamatory comments made about a politician who beat the social media giant in court.

Published 17 November 2020

England: Johnny Depp loses 'libel trial of the century' against tabloid newspaper

Celebrity actor Johnny Depp has lost a high-profile libel case against the publisher of The Sun after the newspaper described him as a "wife beater".

Published 2 November 2020

Reform of defamation law gathers pace

A review of Ireland's defamation laws and options for reform are to be laid before Justice Minister Helen McEntee.

Published 28 October 2020

A&L Goodbody lobbied government on defamation reform

A&L Goodbody has directly lobbied government ministers for the removal of juries from defamation cases, according to reports.

Published 22 September 2020

Personal injury lawyer to sue SME group for defamation

A Limerick solicitor has launched defamation proceedings against the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association (ISME) over its comments about a personal injury case, according to reports.

Published 21 July 2020

Darryl Broderick: Court of Appeal slashes damages in 'offer of amends' defamation case

Ronan Daly Jermyn partner Darryl Broderick and trainee solicitor Therese Collins review a significant reduction in an award made by a jury to a plaintiff in High Court defamation proceedings where an “offer of amends” had been made.

Published 14 July 2020

Press regulators reissue call for defamation law reform

Ireland's defamation regime is having a detrimental impact on press freedom and the commercial viability of the press, the Press Council of Ireland and the Office of the Press Ombudsman have said.

Published 28 May 2020

High Court: State non-parties must make discovery in defamation case

The High Court has ordered that State non-parties must make discovery of documents to a defendant in a defamation suit.

Published 26 May 2020

Darryl Broderick: Little leeway for tardy Irish defamation claimants

Ronan Daly Jermyn partner Darryl Broderick and trainee solicitor Sinéad Harrington examine the Irish courts’ general reluctance to grant an extension of the one-year limitation period in defamation cases.

Published 4 May 2020

Defamation laws 'pose threat' to press freedom in Ireland

Ireland's defamation laws pose "a significant threat to press freedom", Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has said.

Published 22 April 2020

Court of Appeal: Ryanair’s defamation appeal dismissed

The Court of Appeal has dismissed Ryanair’s appeal in a defamation action taken against three pilots.

Published 21 April 2020

Man sues banks over failure to forward maintenance payments to ex for 12 years

A man claims he was defamed by two financial institutions over their alleged lengthy failure to forward maintenance payments in respect of his son to his former partner.

Published 22 January 2020

High Court: Man awarded €500 in defamation claim against Luas operators

A man who was ordered to get off the Luas despite having a valid ticket has been awarded €500 in the High Court.

Published 16 December 2019

Man awarded €500 over 'fleeting' defamation on Luas

A man has been awarded €500 in damages and legal costs over a "fleeting" incident of defamation on a Luas.

Published 13 December 2019

Scotland: New bill to set out statutory definition of a defamatory statement

The definition of what constitutes a defamatory statement is to be set out in Scots law for the first time under draft legislation published today.

Published 3 December 2019