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California libel tourism law enacted
15 Oct 2009
BY INDEX ON CENSORSHIP

The governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, yesterday signed a law that will allow the state’s courts to refuse to enforce British libel judgments. The new law effectively negates the practice of libel tourism.

The California legislation now gives courts power to block libel judgments from Britain which has, say politicians, “become a jurisdictional Mecca for the rich and famous”.

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