Chalmers v Payne: 1835

Bane and Antidote Doctrine – Take them as One

The court considered the bane and antidote doctrine in defamation. B Alderson said: ‘But the question here is, whether the matter be slanderous or not, which is a question of the Jury; who are to take the whole together and say whether the result of the whole is calculated to injure Plaintiffs character. In one part of this publication something disreputable to the Plaintiff is stated but that is removed by the conclusion: the bane and the antidote must be taken together.’

B Alderson
[1835] 2 Cr MandR 156, [1835] EngR 38, (1835) 2 CrM and R 156, (1835) 150 ER 67
England and Wales
Cited by:
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CitedCaplin v Associated Newspapers Ltd QBD 20-Jun-2011
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Updated: 09 November 2021; Ref: scu.199770