Grobbelaar v News Group Newspapers Ltd and Another: CA 18 Jan 2001

The claimant had been awarded andpound;85,000 damages in defamation after the defendant had wrongly accused him of cheating at football. The newspaper sought to appeal saying that the verdict was perverse and the defence of qualified privilege should have been allowed to go ahead.
Held: Despite the restricted scope of the appeal court’s ability to look at findings as to the meanings of the words complained of, it had a duty to consider it. Here the defendant had failed to establish each of the allegations it had made. The consent claimed had not in fact been given to publication of records. There had been several decisions on the facts in this case. In this case the jury’s decision was an affront to justice, and the decision should be set aside and judgment entered for the defendant.
Simon Brown LJ, Thorpe LJ, Jonathan Parker LJ
[2001] EWCA Civ 33, [2001] EMLR 18, [2001] 2 All ER 437
Defamation Act 1952 5
England and Wales
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