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Empirical insights into corporate defamation: An analysis of cases decided 2004-2013

Acheson, David J. (2016) Empirical insights into corporate defamation: An analysis of cases decided 2004-2013. Journal of Media Law, 8 (1). pp. 32-66. ISSN 1757-7632. (doi:10.1080/17577632.2016.1182713) (KAR id:57545)


This paper presents the results of a systematic analysis of all judgments handed down by the High Court, Court of Appeal, and House of Lords in defamation claims brought by non-human claimants between 2004 and 2013. The intention is to widen the range of methods with which to assess both common arguments for reforming corporate defamation law, and the ‘serious financial loss’ requirement imposed on most corporate claimants by s 1(2) of the Defamation Act 2013.

The results of the study add weight to some of the arguments put forward in support of the removal of the corporate right to sue. The research also highlights the difficulty of finding a principled and effective distinction between different kinds of corporate claimant. It suggests that this exercise may be both impossible and counter-productive, and recommends that all non-human claimants should be treated in the same way.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/17577632.2016.1182713
Uncontrolled keywords: Defamation, companies, financial loss, abuse of process, libel, slander, case analysis
Subjects: K Law > KD England and Wales
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Centre for Journalism
Depositing User: David Acheson
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2016 15:10 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 02:32 UTC
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