22 Jul High Court Defamation Decision Case Allows For Unknown Defendant
The High Court has opened the door to potential anonymity in defamation cases. In a recent decision, the High Court granted an injunction and £10,000 against an anonymous 2nd defendant.
The unknown defendant had responded to pre-action documents online prior to the first hearing, but was absent so as to protect their identity. The court awarded a default judgment in this case as they were satisfied that they had jurisdiction to rule on the case.
This can be seen as good news for those internet providers that may become hosts to defamatory material. In cases where defamation can be found, protecting anonymity may work to preserve the reputation of websites that had published it.
ASV law specialises in defamation.