Hussein 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 also sought injunctive relief.
Held: Judgment was given for the claimants with damages and costs. The meanings were clearly defamatory, and ‘It is not necessary for those who bring defamation proceedings to prove that the words are false. It is for those who choose to publish libels to prove if they can that the words are true, or an expression of honest opinion, or otherwise protected by some rule of English law.’ Lloyd-Jones J awarded andpound;10,000, the claim being undefended.
Moloney QC J
[2013] EWHC 462 (QB)
Bailii
England and Wales
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CitedBrett Wilson Llp v Person(s) Unknown, Responsible for The Operation and Publication of The Website www.solicitorsfromhelluk.com 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 . .

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Updated: 01 May 2021; Ref: scu.472094