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Defamation, football, and parliamentary privilege

Another matter engaging the laws of defamation relates to a Parliamentary Select Committee investigation into allegations of corruption amongst certain football administrators.

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Dafamation

Two cases could mark the end of ‘legal tourism’ in the area of defamation law

There have been long standing concerns about England and Wales becoming the jurisdiction of choice for claimants, seeking to protect their reputations through legal actions in the fields of libel and slander.

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Dafamation

Irish High Court makes a PCO in an environmental case

The Irish High Court has granted a Protective Costs Order (PCO) to a woman who is trying to stop an apparently unauthorised development of a waste facility near her home.

The case falls under the Aarhus Convention. The Convention states clearly that environmental law cases must not be ‘prohibitively expensive’. The issue of costs might be particularly difficult in the area of environmental law, where individuals or small organisations of modest means want to challenge the actions of public bodies or private developers.

In granting the PCO, the judge noted the following:

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Cost Order

Widow of poisoned Russian ex-FSB agent refused Protective Costs Order by English High Court

Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned in London in November 2006. It was revealed that he died from drinking tea that had been poisoned with Polonium 210. The police investigation into Mr Litvinenko’s death established 2 Russian citizens to be the main suspects. It is understood the UK government is in possession of further information surrounding his death, which could indicate he was poisoned on the orders of the Russian government.

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Cost Order

Judge orders children to be given the MMR vaccination against their wishes

Two sisters have been ordered by the High Court to be given the MMR vaccination, contrary to the wishes of their mother and the children themselves. The legal action was taken by the father of the 2 children.

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Family Law

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