Kroch v Rossell: CA 1937

The plaintiff brought libel proceedings against the publishers of French and Belgian newspapers. He obtained permission to serve each defendant out of the jurisdiction on the ground that a small number of copies of each newspaper had been published in England. The vast bulk of the publications had been in France and Germany.
Held: The order giving permission to serve out of the jurisdiction was set aside. Slesser LJ: ‘in no sense can it be said that there is any substantial importation of these papers in England, or that the libel which is said to affect the plaintiff in England is anything but a very minor incident of the substantial publication in France.’ Scott LJ: ‘I think that it would be ridiculous and fundamentally wrong to have these two cases tried in this country, on a very small and technical publication, when the real grievance of the plaintiff is a grievance against the widespread publication of the two papers in the respective countries where they are published.’

Scott LJ, Slesser LJ
[1937] 1 All ER 725
England and Wales
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CitedMardas v New York Times Company and Another QBD 17-Dec-2008
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Held: The . .

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