Reachlocal UK Ltd and another v Bennett and others

Practice – Pre-trial or post-judgment relief. The claimants claimed damages and an injunction for libel, slander, malicious falsehood, breach of confidence, breach of contract and conspiracy on the basis that the defendants were alleged to have accused the claimants of trickery and defrauding their clients through a publication which it was alleged the defendant's were responsible. There was a failure to file a defence and an order was made debarring the defendants from defending. The first and third defendants applied for relief from sanctions. The Queen's Bench Division considering CPR 3.9 held that the application by the first defendant for relief against sanctions would be refused. The application by the third defendant for relief against sanctions would be allowed.

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