This week, the hacking group “Impact Team” has released personal data stolen from online married persons dating site Ashley Madison. The site, based in Canada and owned by Avid Life Media Inc, controversially encourages its members to have affairs.
Defamation claimants face a higher threshold, the Court has clarified, in a further examination of the “serious harm” test introduced by section 1 of the Defamation Act 2013.
The imposition of targeted sanctions presents an array of challenges for businesses and individuals made subject to them.
For those who have been seriously libelled, bringing an action for defamation remains the principal route to securing vindication and compensation for the reputational harm that has been caused. There is little disagreement among libel practitioners, however, that this has been become an increasingly difficult route for complainants over recent years.