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The tort of defamation is governed by a mixture of statute and common law. The relevant statutory law is contained in: • the Defamation Act 1952 (DA 1952) • the...

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Publication as an ingredient of the tort of defamation It is an essential ingredient of an action for libel or slander that there has been communication of a defamatory...

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The internet and, in particular, social media is a high risk area for defamation litigation. Content posted on blogs, internet forums, online newspaper comment sections...

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Defences There are a number of substantive defences to a defamation claim, the majority of which are now, since the Defamation Act 2013 (DA 2013), statutory. Any number...

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The ordinary time limit for defamation and malicious falsehood claims A claimant must commence a claim for defamation within one year from the date on which the cause of...

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Defamation Act 2013 Before the implementation of the Defamation Act 2013 (DA 2013), defamation actions acquired a reputation for technicality and disproportionate...

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The tort of malicious falsehood is governed by a mixture of statute and, largely, common law. The relevant statutory law is contained in the Defamation Act 1952 (DA...

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