Judgment was today handed down in Thornton v Telegraph.
It is a complex judgment and will take time to digest.
But on first glance it appears that the Mr Justice Tugendhat has effectively introduced a substantial harm test for libel.
If so, that would mean that libel moves from being a tort (a type of legal action) which is actionable per se over even the most trivial comments to being one where the claimant has to show that the libel would have a substantial effect.
Again, I must emphasise that this is only at first glance, and I will blog fully about this when I can.
But do read the judgment.
Change seems to be afoot in libel law, and it is coming from the courts not the legislature.
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