Sunday, April 17, 2011

Privacy, libel or protection of reputation?

Two distinct legal avenues of complaint are melding into one, and it could be bad news for both media defendants and claimants

"A very small bit of legal history was made on Wednesday when court rules were changed to allow "statements in open court" in privacy cases as well as in defamation cases. Statements in open court have long been used to give publicity to libel complaints that have been settled - usually on the basis of a retraction, an apology and damages - without the need for a trial"

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