- High Court determines meaning of defamatory Instagram post (Vardy v Rooney)
- What are the practical implications of this case?
- What was the background?
- What did the court decide?
- Case details
TMT analysis: In a claim for libel by Rebekah Vardy, the High Court determined the natural and ordinary meaning of Coleen Rooney’s Instagram post as a preliminary issue. Ms Rooney’s social media post named Ms Vardy as the source of various stories about her in The Sun newspaper. The two women are both TV personalities and the wives of professional footballers. The court agreed with Ms Vardy’s case on the meaning of the words published by Ms Rooney. The judgment provides useful guidance on the court’s approach to preliminary issue trials for meaning, which are now commonplace in claims for libel. Written by Dominic Crossley, partner, and Edward Smith, associate, of Payne Hicks Beach.
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