Cruise and Another v Express Newspapers Plc and Another: CA 22 Jul 1998

The Court of Appeal should always be reluctant to reverse an interlocutory finding of a judge at first instance that the words alleged to be libellous are capable of bearing the defamatory meaning alleged.


Brook, Stuart-Smith LJJ, Sir John Knox


[1998] EWCA Civ 1269, [1999] QB 931, [1998] EMLR 780, [1999] 1 WLR 327




England and Wales


CitedMorosi v Broadcasting Station 2GB Pty Ltd 1980
(Court of Appeal of New South Wales) A radio broadcast dwelled at some length upon rumours concerning Ms Morosi (describing her as ‘the most notorious women’s name in the country’), but then went on to say that there was no truth in any of these . .

Cited by:

CitedCarlton Communications Plc and Another v News Group Newspapers Ltd CA 9-Nov-2001
The defendant had published a series of articles alleging that certain documentaries made by the claimants were fakes. The claimants sought damages for libel. The defendants asserted that the words complained of were capable of not referring to the . .
CitedJameel and Another v Times Newspapers Limited CA 21-Jul-2004
The defendant had published a newspaper article linking the claimant to terrorist activity. The defendants argued that no full accusation was made, but only that the claimant was under investigation for such behaviour, and that the article had . .
CitedGillick v Brook Advisory Centres and Another CA 23-Jul-2001
The claimant appealed after closing her action for an alleged defamation by the respondents in a leaflet published by them. She challenged an interim decision by the judge as to the meaning of the words complained of.
Held: The leaflet made . .
CitedRath v Guardian News and Media Ltd and Another QBD 5-Mar-2008
The Claimant requested summary judgment on the fair comment defence to his defamation claim which was pleaded by the Defendant: ‘the Claimant’s conduct in relation to the false claims and criticisms has contributed in large part to a madness which . .
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Updated: 23 November 2022; Ref: scu.144748