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By its very nature, the majority of Carter-Ruck’s pre-publication and privacy-related work is confidential and must remain so. However, a selection of recent media and defamation work highlights which are in the public domain is set out below.


ARY Network agrees to pay substantial damages to magnate Mian Mohammad Mansha in libel settlement

A Pakistani broadcasting company which went into liquidation last year has agreed to pay Pakistani business magnate Mr Mian Mohammad Mansha substantial damages and legal costs of £275,000 in settlement of his libel claim.

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Sasha Wass QC – top criminal QC secures full Court apology from Mail on Sunday

Sasha Wass QC, one of the most highly-respected practitioners at the criminal bar, has today received a High Court apology for a libellous article published by the Mail on Sunday's David Rose on 9 October 2016, which falsely suggested that Ms Wass had (in summary) suppressed evidence of police corruption in order to put an "innocent man in jail".

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The Times Lawyer of the Week: Claire Gill

The Times has featured Claire Gill as the Lawyer of the Week following the first successful “right to be forgotten” case against Google in the UK where the High Court delivered a ruling in an unprecedented claim against the Search Engine, in which Claire was the lead lawyer.

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Right to be forgotten: High Court ruling against Google is just the start

The Times has published an article by Dominic Garner following the firm's landmark 'right to be forgotten' cases against Google.

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Is Press Coverage Protected By Parliamentary Privilege?

Are Parliamentary Select Committee Reports - and associated press coverage - protected by privilege? This issue came up recently when Sir Bradley Wiggins responded to what he called 'malicious' allegations. Here Persephone Bridgman Baker surveys the law, in an article for leading sports law website LawInSport.

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Leading supplement supplier wins apology over allegations that mouse was found inside protein powder

The Hut.com Limited and Cend Limited, the seller and manufacturer of Myprotein nutrition products, have received an apology, libel damages and costs after they were the subject of false and defamatory social media posts published by Myprotein user Adam Brenton on 10 April 2017.

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Baroness Warsi secures front page apology and libel damages from Jewish News over Kemp article

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, the prominent Tory peer and former Chair of the Conservative Party, has secured a front-page apology, as well as substantial libel damages and legal costs, from Jewish News after it published allegations, in an article by Colonel Richard Kemp, to the effect that she had sought to excuse the appalling conduct of the Islamic State terror group. Jewish News has accepted that the allegations were wholly false and that the article should never have been published. Baroness Warsi will be donating all of the damages to charity.

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BBC Arabic Apologises To Leading Tunisian Politician, Rached Ghannouchi

BBC Arabic has apologised to Rached Ghannouchi, the leader of the Tunisian Ennahdha Party, after it falsely reported that Mr Ghannouchi’s name had been included on the list of designated terrorist organisations and individuals published by Arab states boycotting Qatar.

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Carter-Ruck clients successfully defend libel claim in important judgment on section 2 truth defence

Persephone Bridgman Baker has written an article for Inforrm (International Forum for Responsible Media) on the case of Serafin v. Malkiewicz & Ors, a judgment which has important ramifications for the interpretation of the section 2 truth defence under the Defamation Act 2013.

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Law in Sport – sports defamation in England, France and Australia

Defamation in sport has been in the news recently with three major cases involving iconic tennis player Rafael Nadal in France, former Australian rugby league player Brett Stewart and West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle. In response, Carter-Ruck's Mathilde Groppo has written a thorough comparison of defamation law in England, France and Australia, which has been published on LawInSport, the world’s leading website for sports law.

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Ofcom dismisses four complaints against Al Jazeera as being “wholly without foundation”

Carter-Ruck has successfully represented Al Jazeera in the media network's defence against four major complaints to Ofcom concerning its undercover Investigative Unit and its headline grabbing January 2017 documentary series "The Lobby".

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Carter-Ruck secures John Doe injunction – confidential information may not be published by media

Carter-Ruck has secured a "John Doe" injunction on behalf of two substantial companies to prevent a leak of confidential customer information. A John Doe injunction is an interim non-disclosure order made against "persons unknown - a useful tool for situations where the victim of a leak may either not know or only suspect the identity of the culprit but cannot be certain of proving the position due to a lack of evidence and/or journalistic protection of sources, in the short time available before applying for an injunction

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“The most important libel judgment for years”: Carter-Ruck’s Nigel Tait in The Times

In a long-awaited decision that clarifies libel law in England and Wales, the Court of Appeal has ruled that a claimant can sue over likely damage to their reputation rather than having to show evidence that actual harm has been caused.

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