For Whom Libel Tolls

Jack Monroe’s recent victory in the courts has landed Katie Hopkins with a pretty sizeable legal bill – one that dwarfs the actual cost of the damages awarded. How do legal bills get so big? And what are they actually paying for? We tried to find out…

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Courting Danger

If we sound like know-it-alls for telling Katie Hopkins what she should have done, it’s only because we learned the lesson ourselves – and we learned it the hard way. What can you expect if you ever try to pick up a fight with someone over a threat of defamation? Something like this…

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In Complaint Sight

Because libel proceedings are so expensive, and because the law insists on proof of “serious harm” for the claim to be upheld, you’d think that celebrities would only choose to bring these suits when the circumstances were extremely dire – but a little look through our archive of legal threats shows that that’s not always the case…

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The Betting Sun

It’s a well-established rule in gambling that the house always wins, but if the house is run by a bunch of inept, flustering dummies who haven’t the first idea how to set odds, approach a customer, or stay on the right side of industry standards, it’s not entirely clear how anyone wins. Welcome to the House Of Sun…

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Eurofriction

We always knew that this year’s Eurovision was going to be a politically charged one, but Russia and Ukraine have got the games started early, engaging in a fascinating series of tactical manoeuvres with one another – a full two months before the contest starts…

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Try Hard II: Try Harder

And so, as it was foretold, Melania Trump has filed a defamation suit against the Daily Mail’s website MailOnline after it intimated that she was a whore. The man behind this case? Why, it’s our old pal, Charles J Harder – Attorney At Law!

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Contend It Like Beckham

Injunctions! What are they good for? Absolutely nothing – and this latest David Beckham fiasco has gone and proved the point once again. Highlighting yet more problems with the legal system as it stands, this is what happened…

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Sky: The Frozen Limit

Try as they might, Sky TV is struggling to make shows for the streaming era. They appear to be doing everything right – importing big name execs; pumping money into their own in-house productions; making meaty, gritty dramas. But where Netflix, Amazon, HBO and the BBC are all doing well, Sky is coming up short. Why?

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Star Spangled Blander

After a decade of women performing the national anthem at the Super Bowl, 2017 saw all-American country singer Luke Bryan belt out the Star Spangled Banner. It was well-received, hailed as a return to tradition, but was it actually? We scratched the surface – and found something unusual about it…

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Orderly Conduct

David Beckham is currently in possession of an OBE: the same honour that was apparently afforded to Katherine Jenkins for “singing opera, visiting the troops and taking coke”. We didn’t realise they gave awards away for that sort of things, but it explains a hell of a lot about the rest of the people who have one…

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