Twice. Neither went to court
The first time, the plaintiff backed down; second time, we did (although our story was actually true, the managing director got cold feet - we'd have won if she'd toughed it out).
There some editors who take the view that if a journalist hasn't been sued for libel at least once, he/she isn't good enough.
The court will also take into account any action to mitigate a defamatory article (removal, early apology etc). It may still leave you facing damages but they'll probably be less
Wouldn't hurt a soul, guv.
Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.
I've lost my way. If anyone should find it, do return it quickly. I should imagine it quite rusty by now.
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I won't be panicking about pissing anyone off on here, not that I intend to. Twitter is a public space and a large element of 'damage' is accredited to the plaintiff if there is a significant audience. As in Tom Daley, the diver and many other celebs with huge followings. As the judge said - "These are meanings with a defamatory tendency, which were published to thousands."
Calling someone a c***t on NSC will not be pinging up on anyones radar. Besides, the mods here do a good job in keeping things from getting out of hand, or too personal.
*Looks for brown-nosing emoji*.
Have you seen the Muppet Show........