Gambling chatrooms protected against defamation claims

The High Court has ruled that the chatrooms of gambling websites may be protected against defamation actions if they are not part of a betting firm’s gambling activities. The decision is significant for commercial internet service providers that oper

9th May, 2009

The High Court has ruled that the chatrooms of gambling websites may be protected against defamation actions if they are not part of a betting firm’s gambling activities. The decision is significant for commercial internet service providers that operate chatrooms or similar forums on their websites.

The ruling relates to two cases, in which bookies Seamus Mulvaney and Ellen Martin are seeking libel damages from The Sporting Exchange, trading as Betfair, which provides...

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