February 2, 2018

Defence representation in defamation settlement

News publication sued for defamation

MXM, a news publication, was sued for defamation. The case followed the distribution of an article containing a number of comments that the plaintiff claimed were defamatory.

Successful representation in defamation settlement

O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors assisted MXM to negotiate an effective settlement.

Firstly, the amount that MXM had to pay was far less than was asked for by the plaintiff at trial. In return, MXM only had to acknowledge that one of the comments in the article amounted to defamatory communication. This meant that MXM managed to avoid a long and drawn-out legal conflict which would have impacted on the credibility of their journalism.