Pinard-Byrne v Linton

Libel and slander – Qualified privilege. The appellant appealed against the decision of the Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, finding that Reynolds privilege (see Reynolds v Times Newspapers Ltd[1999] 4 All ER 609) was established in his defamation proceedings against the respondent and others. The Privy Council, in allowing the appeal, held that Reynolds privilege was not established, as the respondent had not carried out an investigation to ascertain whether the words complained of had been true.

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