Breaking News: High Court Judgment in Libel Claim over Social Media Defamation

London UK, A libel claim brought in the High Court of England and Wales has been awarded judgment after comments were posted on popular social media site Facebook.


London, UK -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/07/2014 -- Joanne Walder, represented by leading libel law firm Pinder Reaux & Associates, launched libel proceedings against Sharon Smith of G.I. Jane Bootcamp fame for libellous comments which included accusations that Ms Walder was guilty of criminal acts of violence against persons and property, in particular accusing Ms. Walder of evil acts against Ms. Smith’s children. The libellous comments which were displayed to at least 650 Facebook users also drew numerous comments and Facebook ‘likes’ from a number of other Facebook users.

Ms Walder has been granted a procedural judgment for libel in her favour following Ms. Smith’s failure to following the procedure of the High Court, and reply to the claim form and particulars of claim in good time. The damages for the libel are likely to be substantial and a High Court hearing has been set, in the Queen’s Bench Division, for the 11th February 2014 pertaining to the level of damages and costs that Ms Smith will be ordered to pay Ms. Walder for the libel.

Ms Walder’s lawyers Pinder Reaux have, along with requesting the Court award Ms Walder damages and aggravated damages for libel defamation also requested an injunction be granted against Ms Smith to prevent her from libelling Ms Walder in the future. Ms Walder’s solicitor Rupinder Bains, commented; “Whilst this case has not been concluded as yet and damages remain to be assessed, what is clear, is that a claim in defamation can be successful even where the comments in question have been made to a private group of friends. This highlights again, the importance of thinking before posting any comments online. The substance of what was said will carry a lot of weight as well”.

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