Defamation law



High Court: Lidl injunction rejected over Irish Farmers' Association 'fake farms' claim

The High Court has refused an application by Lidl Ireland GMBH for an injunction prohibiting the publication of two advertisements by the Irish Farmers' Association.

Published 9 June 2021

Defamation laws could be brought in line with England by next year

Northern Ireland's defamation laws could be brought in line with England and Wales before the end of the current Assembly mandate, former Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) leader Mike Nesbitt has said.

Published 8 June 2021

High Court: Arlene Foster receives £125,000 in damages from celebrity doctor for 'outrageously bad libel'

The High Court has awarded £125,000 to Arlene Foster arising out of a defamation action taken against celebrity doctor Christian Jessen. Giving judgment in the case, Mr Justice Gerry McAlinden stated that it was an “outrageously bad libel” which caused significant upset to the First Minister.

Published 28 May 2021

KRW Law secures six-figure libel settlement for Dana

Belfast-based KRW LAW LLP has secured a second six-figure payout for Irish singer Dana after settling a libel case against the Sunday World.

Published 13 April 2021

County courts to gain jurisdiction over more personal injury and defamation cases

Northern Ireland's county courts will gain jurisdiction over more personal injury and defamation cases under plans put out to consultation today.

Published 4 February 2021

Work recommences on defamation reform bill

Work has recommenced on drafting a defamation reform bill for Northern Ireland, but it is unlikely to be debated until after the next Stormont elections.

Published 3 December 2020

Fergal McGoldrick: Insta-libel, Rooney and.......... Vardy

Fergal McGoldrick, associate at Carson McDowell, looks at the latest high-profile defamation case in London and considers how it compares to defamation in Northern Ireland.

Published 1 December 2020

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