News: Melania Trump issues English libel proceedings against MailOnline

“We had a post about the US action last month in which we commented that, bearing in mind Mrs Trump’s status as a “public figure”, it was going to be very difficult for her to succeed in her US libel proceedings.

We drew attention, however, to the very different position in England and Wales where the burden is on the defendant to prove truth. There is no question of staying the proceedings on the basis of forum non conveniens because Associated Newspapers Limited is an English company and there is, therefore, an absolute right for a claimant to sue it in the courts of this country under Article 2 of the Brussels Convention (see the decision of the CJEU in Owusu v Jackson [2005] QB 801)

The main hurdle for the claimant to overcome is that of showing that the statement caused or is likely to cause “serious harm to reputation” (see generally, this post). We will report on the further progress of this libel action in due course.”

Inforrm's Blog

melania-trumpMelania Trump, the wife of the controversial US Presidential candidate has issue libel proceedings in London against the Daily Mail over an article published on MailOnline on 20 August 2016.

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