14 March 2014
Companies wanting to bring libel action will face a signifcant challenge under new defamation laws.
Defamatory comments are typically of a disparaging nature published by one person about another and liability for such statements can fall to authors, editors
and publishers. There is a presumption that defamation has taken place unless the defendant can prove otherwise and any action for defamation must be brought within one year of publication.
A series of defences are available depending on the circumstances of each case. Companies are subject to these rules in the same way that private...