Do you ‘like’ libel…? Liability for libel on social media

A Swiss court has found an individual liable in libel for ‘liking’ a defamatory posting on Facebook.

At first glance, this is fodder for the ‘free speech at all costs’ brigade to lament the chilling of free speech, which can occur, especially in the pages of the mainstream British press, when anyone is found liable in libel. But in fact, the decision is not surprising – and we can, and perhaps should, if we are concerned about the protection of reputation, expect similar findings in our own domestic courts. Continue reading

Maintenance payments: Can’t pay or won’t pay

The extent to which a parent should take financial responsibility for their child is an issue on which most people have a strong opinion. In his recent decision of Green v Adams [2017] EWFC 2017(read full judgment here) Mr Justice Mostyn made his position pretty clear, saying of Mr Adams ‘his parsimonious approach to the support of his son is little short of scandalous.’ Continue reading

SEC Suspends Enforcement of Certain Provisions of Conflict Minerals Rule, Increases Certain JOBS Act Caps and Releases Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations Relating to Regulation A Offerings

by Shudan Zhou and Jeanne Solomon

This week’s corporate law news roundup includes discussions of the SEC’s suspended enforcement of some of the conflict minerals rule’s most onerous provisions; the SEC’s action to increase the JOBS Act caps to adjust for the inflation that resulted in a $1.07 million crowdfunding cap and $1.07 billion cap on revenues of “emerging growth companies”; and the SEC’s newly released Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) on Regulation A offerings.

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The inequality of civil partnerships

The first opposite-sex civil partnership was celebrated in the Isle of Man recently between Adeline Cosson and Kieran Hodgson. They said they wanted to ‘keep it simple’ rather than have a traditional wedding and that, although they do want to marry one day, it is not what they want now. Whilst the Isle of Man is a Crown Dependency, it is not part of the UK and has different laws. It is the only place in the British Isles which allows and recognises opposite-sex civil partnerships. Continue reading

The dawn of a new era for resolving disputes in relation to children

We have a lot to celebrate with the recent launch of the new Children Law Arbitration Scheme. Thanks to the introduction of this new form of dispute resolution, arbitration can be used in children cases to find fast, effective and flexible solutions. Continue reading

‘Never too late to settle’ – The final judgment in Wyatt v Vince [2016]

You will be aware of the bizarre and unusual facts of this ‘new age traveller turned eco- millionaire’ case from the extensive press coverage it has received through its journey to the Supreme Court and now as the parties have reached settlement, so we will not recite them now. Continue reading