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Libel no longer actionable without proof of damage

06 Aug 2015

Libel Claimants now need to show that the publication complained of will or will likely cause serious harm to the Claimant’s reputation.

The Defamation Act 2013 has now been interpreted in the case of Lachaux v Independent Print Ltd [2015] EWHC 2242 (QB) to mean that Libel is no longer actionable without proof of damage. Until the Act came into force it was the case that for defamation actions in a published form (libel) the claimant did not need to show damage. The law took it that damage to reputation from published articles was a given. Now the Claimant must show that actual damage has or is likely to occur.

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