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# Defamation

All time
Ireland can remove the chill factor from defamation laws - and protect citizens' good names
If ‘falsity’ were to become an element of the tort (to be proved by the plaintiff) rather than a defence, then this would be a radical, but possibly beneficial change. writes Neville Cox, Professor in Law.
# James McClean
James McClean wins apology and damages after Ulster Unionist Party councillor's 'defamatory remarks'
Last November UUP councillor Chris McGimpsey appeared on BBC Radio Ulster where he made remarks about James McClean.
# Courts
Man who had luggage searched by Dublin Airport police after alleged theft loses €75k defamation claim
The DAA was investigating the theft of a Giorgio Armani watch.
# defamation case
Denis O'Brien loses defamation case against Sunday Business Post
O’Brien has taken a case against the Sunday Business Post over a set of articles published in March 2015.
# Dunnes Stores
Woman who alleges being accused of stealing €1 shopping bag from Dunnes Stores settles defamation case
Details of the settlement were not disclosed in court.
# Hollywood
Court dismisses Ashley Judd's sexual harassment claim against Harvey Weinstein
Judd can now pursue defamation claims against the disgraced producer.
# Courts
Cynthia Owen of Dalkey 'House of Horrors' case suing Irish Daily Mail for defamation
The case relates to an article published last summer.
# Defamation
Judge orders Stormy Daniels to pay Donald Trump nearly $300,000 in legal fees
Daniels in her dismissed suit had accused Trump of defamation for characterising as a “total con job” her claims of a presidential affair.
# phelim o'neill
Solicitor suing Amanda Brunker and Independent Newspapers for defamation
The case relates to a piece written by Brunker that appeared in The Herald.
# Defamation
Dana secures six-figure settlement after defamatory Sunday World article
The piece was written in 2014.
# Defamation
Australian senator sues colleague over comments about her sex life
The lawsuit is over what Leyonhjelm said in the media, as his upper house comments are protected by parliamentary privilege.
# Privacy
Cliff Richard wins €235,000 court case against the BBC
The action was taken over the BBC’s decision to broadcast a police raid on Richard’s home in 2014.
# Court
Man who was told he 'must be a drug dealer' by Spar store director awarded €25k in damages
The incident happened in a store in Lucan, Dublin on 31 October 2014.
Facebook post led classic story of wronged ex and new girlfriend to the defamation courts
Annoyed with your ex? Avoid posting on Facebook, writes Simon Carty.
# Defamation
Couple awarded €20,000 after being wrongly accused of not paying for a meal at a restaurant
The couple had been at the restaurant for a family meal.
# Defamation
RTÉ journalist takes Apollo House organiser Brendan Ogle to court over Facebook post
An RTÉ story last year said that Ogle’s Unite union sought an exemption from providing social housing during Apollo House.
# Harassment
Media firm Vice apologises for 'toxic boy's club' culture
An investigation by The New York Times revealed four settlements against Vice employees for harassment or defamation.
# Defamation
Nadal wins damages in case against ex-French minister who claimed he hid positive drug test
Roselyne Bachelot made the accusations on French television last year.
# long-running battle
Denis O'Brien's appeal over Red Flag dossier dismissed
The businessman claimed the dossier was part of a campaign to damage his reputation.
# High Court
Judge tells authors of book on Kinahan cartel to improve their defence in defamation proceeding
Derek Cervi has taken defamation proceedings against the authors and publishers of the book ‘The Cartel’.
# disgusting and disgraceful
Actor Rebel Wilson wins Australia's largest ever defamation payout over 'completely false' articles
The 37-year-old said she was sacked from two films following the publication of the articles.
# Sarah Palin
'Defamation it is not': Judge dismisses Sarah Palin's lawsuit against New York Times
The judge said Palin failed to show the paper knew it was publishing false information.
# action
Woman awarded €1.2m in libel damages from Independent News and Media to sue former solicitors
Solicitors McCann FitzGerald had represented Monica Leech in three libel actions against the media group dating from 2005.
# Defamation
Paul Murphy sends letter claiming he was 'defamed' by the Taoiseach
“You were acquitted but that doesn’t mean your behaviour was right.”
# Paul Murphy
Explainer: What is Dáil privilege and how can it be breached?
A row has erupted between TD Paul Murphy and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar over the concluded Jobstown trial.
# name and age
Rebel Wilson wins defamation case against 'disgraceful' Australian publisher
Bauer Media claimed the actor lied about her name, age and background to advance her career.
# think before you tweet
Blogger awarded £24k in damages after suing Katie Hopkins for defamation
Jack Monroe’s lawyer said “the price of not saying sorry has been very high” in this case.
# hun sen
Cambodian PM sues main rival for defamation, threatens to seize and sell opposition HQ if he wins
Hun Sen, who has been in power in the Asian country for 32 years, says he will use the money to ‘build homes for handicapped people’.
# Prime Time
Declan Ganley alleges RTÉ defamed him by implying he had links to organised crime
The broadcaster denies this and said the businessman had a tendency to make false or exaggerated claims.
# Defamation
University dean awarded €2.7m over false Rolling Stone rape story
Nicole Eramo had sought $7.5 million (€6.6 million) in damages after an article claimed she had discouraged reporting of an alleged gang rape.
# co meath
Revenue sheriff suing RTÉ and plumber for defamation on Gerry Ryan Show
The show was aired on the national broadcaster station on 15 April 2010.
# striking mullet
Australian teenager sues media over photograph of his mullet haircut
The New South Wales District Court judge in the case has dismissed all of the actions taken by Ali Mosslmani bar one.
# Defamation
Rolling Stone heading to trial over debunked story of college rape
A defamation trial against the magazine is set to begin tomorrow over the article “A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA”.
# Amatrice
Italian village to sue Charlie Hebdo over "tactless" earthquake cartoons
A series of cartoons depicting Italians crushed under plates of pasta appeared in the French satirical weekly following last month’s earthquake which killed nearly 300 people.
# appeal
Family of The Pianist star win defamation appeal over Nazi collaborator claims
Wladyslaw Szpilman was played by Adrian Brody in the 2002 film The Pianist.
# Dunnes Stores
Man falsely accused of stealing mop loses €75k defamation claim
He had been upset and concerned that other customers were looking at him.
# Defamation
Teen wins €2,500 damages from Luas operator after driver insinuated she was a pickpocket
17-year-old Rebecca Conroy had sought €38,000 in defamation damages.
# costly decision
Paul Kimmage ordered to pay over €10k for defamation of former UCI president
The Irish journalist had claimed that Hein Verbruggen had tolerated doping and covered up positive drugs tests.
# Defamation
Juries shouldn't put a price on defamation, says Press Council chief
Daithi O Ceallaigh pointed out that damages are sometimes far in excess of any misdemeanour committed by a publication.
# Baldoyle Centre
Irish badminton player ordered to pay €30k for assaulting and defaming woman
Nigel Boyne was told by a judge today to pay the manager of Baldoyle Badminton Centre, Jean Denihan, €30,000 in damages.