Alsaifi v Trinity Mirror plc & Board of Directors and another

Libel and slander – Summary disposal of claim. The claimant's libel claim against the first defendant was dismissed as an abuse of process under the principle in Henderson v Henderson ([1843-60] All ER Rep 378). However, having determined the meaning of the words complained of, the Queen's Bench Division, dismissed the second defendant Secretary of State's application for summary judgment, alleging that the claimant had no real prospect of establishing serious harm to his reputation, no real prospect of overcoming the defence of honest opinion and that the claim was an abuse of process pursuant to Jameel v Dow Jones & Co Inc ([2005] All ER (D) 43 (Feb)).

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