/ May 19, 2008

Libel Lawsuit Tourism?

The English judicial system, with its notable reputation for its strict libel law, has become a tourist attraction for upper-class victims of defamation. This week’s Economist follows the suit of a Ukrainian English-language newspaper, which printed a questionable article about Rinat Akhmetov, one of the countries wealthiest individuals. Akhmetov was able to sue the paper for libel in an English court, thanks to the paper’s 100 English subscribers.

Several other high profile cases reveal the extent to which English law favors the plaintiff in defamation cases, including a successful suit brought by a Saudi man against an American author, Rachel Ehrenfeld, for a book that barely sold in Britain.

How do you feel about libel lawsuit tourism? Let us know in the comments.

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