Tuesday July 7, 2020

Winning Ireland’s libel lottery

Our libel laws are a theoretically attractive for foreign litigants but the expected deluge of cases has yet to materialise

30th August, 2015
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel chose Dublin to sue Heat magazine over a story about their marriage. Picture: Newsroom

In 2013, when the English legal system raised the threshold for bringing defamation claims, Ireland was tipped as a future go-to destination for libel tourism. And some big names have cropped up in the High Court of late.

Hollywood couple Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake chose Dublin to sue the European edition of Heat magazine over a story about their marriage, even though the publisher, Bauer, is based in Germany. This year former X-Factor judge Tulisa...

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