*Cooke and another v MGN Ltd and another

Libel and slander – Defamation. The first claimant was the CEO of the second claimant, a private landlord company. A newspaper article was published by the defendants in which it was alleged by the claimants had portrayed them as 'slum landlords'. The claimants brought a claim in defamation against the defendants as a result of the article. Following a trial of two preliminary issues, the Queen's Bench division held that the words complained of had the meaning that the claimants were a well-off landlord making money at the misery of the tenants. The claimants had nevertheless failed to demonstrated serious harm to reputations as required by s 1 of the Defamation Act 2013.

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