Damage control: Defamation Act in force

22 Jul 2014

The Defamation Act 2013 applies to individuals
or businesses that believe they have suffered
or are likely to suffer ‘serious harm’ or ‘serious financial loss’ as a result of a statement someone has made.

This could be in a published article, email to a network of contacts or even a simple social media post. A claim must then be made within 12 months of the original defamatory statement to avoid being time barred, subject to certain exceptions.

The defences to defamation have largely been codified with minor amendments, and an individual will general...

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