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Five ludicrous libel cases

Five ludicrous libel cases

Index has today called for the British government to deliver on its promise of real libel reform. Daisy Williams lists five cases that demonstrate how libel law can stifle debate, curtail critcism and even endanger lives

Libel reform is no joke

Comics Dara Ó Briain and Dave Gorman and scientist Professor Brian Cox joined Index and the Libel Reform Campaign at Downing Street to demand a public

US company suing cardiologist for libel goes out of business

NMT Medical, the US company which pursued cardiologist Peter Wilmshurst in the London libel courts for almost four years, has announced that it is ceasing operations and selling off its assets.

Wilmshurst hit with fresh libel suit

Cardiologist Peter Wilmshurst is facing a fourth libel suit from medical instrument firm NMT. The case relates to the writ NMT issued on 26th Nov 2010 about Peter’s interview on the Today programme on 27 Nov 2009.

Libel: NMT ordered to pay £200,000 into court

Today in the High Court US medical device company NMT Medical was ordered to pay £200,000 into court in their libel action against cardiologist Dr Peter Wilmshurst. Master Foster ruled that if NMT Medical do not pay this money by 18 January 2010 their libel claim will be struck out and

UK: Peter Wilmshurst libel case intensifies

US company NMT Medical has threatened to step up its libel action against Dr Peter Wilmshurst, over comments he made last year on BBC Radio 4′s Today programme. The cardiologist is already being sued by the company for criticising its clinical trials of a device to treat migraines, at a

A year of gagging

A year of gagging

In 2009 the government, courts and the police have connived in the suppression of investigative journalism and scientific research. But campaigns for free expression are fighting back says John Kampfner

Take on the libel bullies

Take on the libel bullies

Not everyone can be as lucky as I was, says Alexei Sayle. Our defamation laws are as outdated as barristers' wigs and gowns