Tuesday 7 February 2023
By Appellant’s Notice filed on 15 July 2022, the Claimant (C) appeals the decision of Mrs Justice Steyn dated 13 June 2022. This was a trial of C’s claim for libel in respect of a TED Talk and a Tweet published by the Defendant (D).
The judge held that D succeeded in establishing a public interest defence; there was a change of circumstances in which the public interest defence fell away, but C failed to establish that publication of the TED Talks from the date of the change of circumstances had caused serious harm and failed to establish that the serious harm threshold was met in respect of the Tweet from first publication.
The judge handed down Judgment on 13 Judge dismissing the claim and by order of 28 June 2022 directed that C pay D’s costs of the proceedings and make a payment on account of such costs. This order is also appealed.