RBoS Shareholders Action Group Ltd v News Group Newspapers Ltd and another

Libel and slander – Defamatory words. The claimant issued proceedings for defamation against the defendant, who applied for an adjournment to issue an application to strike out the claim as an abuse of process. The Queen's Bench Division held that it was required to determine the meaning of the words complained of, and that would not preclude an application to strike out. Notwithstanding that the words complained of portrayed the claimant as a victim, the natural and ordinary meaning of the words in the instant case was defamatory.

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