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Friday, April 4, 2008

UK Case Over Defamatory Statements on Website Finally Concludes With Highest Damage Award Ever

Following up on a post from last year, I note that Gentoo, which used to be the Sunderland Housing Group, has won a record 100,000 pounds damage award in an action over statements published by a website called DadsPlace after the site repeatedly published defamatory statements about the company. A rival corporation was thought to be behind the statements, and although its head maintained almost until the end that he and his firm were uninvolved, he finally agreed to pay the 100,000 pounds as well as legal costs. The case took three years to come to this conclusion. The website was shut down in 2006. Read more here in an article in the Guardian. Here's more coverage from the BBC and from the Telegraph.

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