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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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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Words Apart

How do the two different versions of Melania Trump’s defamation suit compare side by side? We counted up the uses of any particularly telling phrases in the initial filing back on February 2nd, and stacked them next to the recently submitted reworking…

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Part I: The Newsworthy Penis

Few expected Gawker to win its case against Hulk Hogan at the start of 2016 after they published clips from his sex tape, but nobody expected them to get obliterated. Gawker’s bankruptcy started a worrisome chain reaction for press freedom in the States – one which now goes right the way to the top…

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Part II: Return Of The Gag

The standout legal case in the British courts this year was PJS v News Group Newspapers. Olive oil sex parties were all that anyone could talk about back in April – but now that all the hubbub surrounding it has died down, the ruling in that case is casting a rather large shadow. One that is getting darker and darker…

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Between The Spreadsheets

Perhaps you heard the details of PJS’s trysts – in particular that extremely exotic-sounding olive oil/paddling pool ‘wrestling experience’ – and thought “Ooh, yeah. I could be up for that.” How much would a thing like that set you back exactly? What are the costs involved? We crunched the numbers for you…

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The Letter Of The Law

Last week, we received a legal letter from one of the UK’s most prominent law firms, making various threats to try to get us to take down an article. We wanted to show you what it’s like to receive a legal threat, but the law makes it a little tricky. Tricky, but not impossible…

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In-Jokes And Injunctions

Whispers are circulating about all sorts of celebrities and politicians and their various indiscretions at the minute, but how can you make sense of the reporting around these hushed up stories? Injunctions can force the hands of editors – but only so far. Here are the clues to look out for.

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Say Goodbye To Hollywood

With big directors turning to TV and crowd-funding to get their projects out, and some of the biggest names in the business giving bleak predictions about the future of their industry, it feels like Hollywood is abandoning movie-making as an art form. Who’s to blame? The US Supreme Court.

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