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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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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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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R.I.Pete

We were very sad to hear of the death of Pete Burns. Popbitch has always championed the oddball, force-of-nature pop stars, but we didn’t always have the smoothest of relationship with Pete. A story we wrote on him nearly 14 years ago prompted the most explosive legal bust-up we’ve ever had…

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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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Gawkward Ending

It didn’t take long for the jury to decide. After two weeks of testimony, the six-strong team of jurors retired to deliberate their verdict – and were back within four hours to deliver it. And what did they decide? Something that shocked everyone. Something that no-one foresaw…

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Gawkward Answers

The second week of the Hulk Hogan sex tape trial has seen the defendants – New York gossip blog, Gawker – attempt to justify publishing uncensored footage of Hulk Hogan having sex. So what exactly do they have to say for themselves?

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