Brett Wilson Llp v Person(s) Unknown, Responsible for The Operation and Publication of The Website QBD 16 Sep 2015

The claimant solicitors sought remedies against the unknown publishers of the respondent website which was said to publish material defamatory of them, and to ampunt to harassment.
Held: The alleged defamatory meanings were not challenged by the defendants. The pleaded allegations made out a case for the grant of injunctions against the defendants. The court assessed damages at andpound;10,000.

Warby J
[2015] EWHC 2628 (QB)
Defamation Act 2013 10
England and Wales
CitedBonnard v Perryman QBD 1891
The libel in issue was a very damaging one. Unless it could be justified at the trial it was one in which a jury would give the plaintiff ‘very serious damages’. The court was asked to grant an interlocutory injunction to restrain publication.
CitedLaw Society and others v Kordowski QBD 7-Dec-2011
Claim for injunctions requiring the Defendant, the publisher of the ‘Solicitors from Hell’ website (‘the Website’), to cease publication of the Website in its entirety and to restrain him from publishing any similar website. . .
CitedBloomsbury Publishing Group Ltd and J K Rowling v News Group Newspapers Ltd and others ChD 23-May-2003
The publishers had gone to great lengths to keep advance copies of a forthcoming book in the Harry Potter series secret. They became aware that some had been stolen from the printers and sought injunctions against the defendants and another unnamed . .
CitedStone and Another v WXY (Person or Persons Unknown) QBD 12-Nov-2012
The claimants sought an injunction against persons unknown to restrain them from harassing them in the period up to and at their forthcoming wedding by the taking of photographs. . .
CitedKerner v WX and Another QBD 29-Jan-2015
Application for continuation of anti-harassment injunction against persons unknown. . .
CitedNovartis Pharmaceuticals UK Ltd and Others v Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty and Others QBD 27-Oct-2014
The claimant sought permanent worldwide injunctions against the defendants to restrain them from harrassing their staff. The companies were involved in medical research involving animal experiments.
Held: On the written evidence put before the . .
CitedSloutsker v Romanova QBD 5-Mar-2015
The claimant sued for libel in respect of the publication in this jurisdiction of allegations of fabricating evidence, conspiracy to murder, and the bribery and corruption of the prosecutor and judges in criminal proceedings. The defendant now . .
CitedQRS v Beach and Another QBD 22-May-2015
The court considered the appropriate procedure on an application for committal for contempt of court where the defendant had been served, but had taken no steps to respond or appear at court. . .
CitedLoutchansky v The Times Newspapers Ltd and Others (Nos 2 to 5) CA 5-Dec-2001
Two actions for defamation were brought by the claimant against the defendant. The publication reported in detail allegations made against the claimant of criminal activities including money-laundering on a vast scale. They admitted the defamatory . .
CitedThe Bussey Law Firm Pc and Another v Page QBD 6-Mar-2015
The claimant US law firm claimed in defamation after receiving an abusive review on an internet service maintained by Google. The defendant denied responsibility for the posting which had been made through his account, and said that had he been told . .
CitedHussein and Others v Hamilton Franks and Co Ltd and Another QBD 17-Jan-2013
The claimants sought damages in respect of comments made by the defendants on their website, alleging fraud. No defence or acknowledgement had been filed. The claimants sought summary judgment. A judgment by default was not available because they . .
CitedRobins v Kordowski and Another QBD 22-Jul-2011
The claimant solicitor said he had been defamed on the first defendant’s website (‘Solicitors from Hell’) by the second defendant. The first defendant now applied to set aside judgment entered by default. The claimant additionally sought summary . .
CitedFarrall v Kordowski QBD 2011
A posting on a website criticised the competence and integrity of a solicitor. The posting was thought to have been live for about a month. On an application under ss 8 and 9 of the 1996 Act in a claim which was undefended Lloyd-Jones J awarded . .

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CitedCameron v Liverpool Victoria Insurance Co Ltd SC 20-Feb-2019
The Court was asked in what circumstances is it permissible to sue an unnamed defendant? The respondent was injured when her car collided with another. The care was insured but by a driver giving a false name. The car owner refused to identify him. . .

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Torts – Other, Defamation

Updated: 10 January 2022; Ref: scu.552378