Lecturer settles action against college over alleged defamation

Posted in Legal issues on May 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A lecturer who claimed he was defamed in a letter sent by his college authorities to about 100 students has settled his High Court action. Keith Maycock, a computer science lecturer, sued the National College of Ireland (NCI), International Financial Services Centre, Dublin …” (more)

[Irish Times, 17 May]

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Lecturer suing National College of Ireland called 10% reduction from reassessement ‘unbelievable’

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on May 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A lecturer told the High Court it was ‘unbelievable’ that grades on eight dissertations for a Masters programme in his college would be marked down by 10% across the board …” (more)

[Ann O’Loughlin, BreakingNews.ie, 16 May]

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Vet’s defamation actions must be joined together, says judge

Posted in Legal issues on June 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Dr Harry Sweeney and stud farm sue UL and two ex-students on Japanese equine placement. A judge has directed three actions by an Irish vet and the stud farm he runs in Japan which allege they have suffered reputational damage and defamation must be consolidated into one and heard together …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 17 June]

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Vet sues Limerick university and students over alleged defamation

Posted in Legal issues on June 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“An Irish vet who runs a stud farm in Japan has sued the University of Limerick alleging defamation and reputational damage as a result of how it reacted to allegations by two female students about his behaviour towards them while on placement at the farm …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 16 June]

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University of Limerick student to allege vet sexually harassed her, defamation trial hears

Posted in Legal issues on June 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“An Irish vet who runs a stud farm in Japan has sued the University of Limerick (UL) alleging defamation and reputational damage as a result of how it reacted to allegations by two female students about his behaviour towards them while on placement at the farm …” (more)

[Independent, 16 June]

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NUI Galway seeks removal of ‘defamatory’ blog post

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 31st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway (NUIG) has defended its decision to threaten legal action over the removal of a blog run by supporters of a former academic at the centre of a high-profile gender equality row at the college …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 31 May]

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University of Limerick drops legal action over expenses claims

Posted in Legal issues on May 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick is to terminate legal proceedings for defamation against the Limerick Leader newspaper over a report claiming financial irregularities in the treatment of expenses claims.The newspaper reported last September that two employees at the university had been offered €60,000 severance packages in return for silence over expense claims …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 May]

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Minister for Finance cast doubts on validity of UL’s legal action

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said he cannot see how the University of Limerick can proceed with its High Court action against the Limerick Leader and its editor, following the publication of a review into matters at UL …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 15 February]

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‘Hockey stick graph’ climate researcher’s defamation suit to go forward

Posted in Legal issues, Research on July 23rd, 2013 by steve

“… Mann first attracted the ire of those who question the scientific community’s conclusions about climate change due to his publication of what’s become known as the hockey stick graph. The graph showed that temperatures have swung up dramatically over the last century …” (more)

[John Timmer, Ars Technica, 22 July]

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Internet giants seek stay on order removing defamatory video

Posted in Legal issues on June 20th, 2013 by steve

“A decision that a defamatory YouTube video must be permanently removed from the internet should only be arrived at after a full trial, a High Court judge was told today …” (more)

[Irish Times, 19 June]

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Case Law, Ireland: McKeogh v John Doe 1 (No.2), Facebook, Google and mandatory take down injunctions

Posted in Legal issues on May 19th, 2013 by steve

“In November 2011, Eoin McKeogh was falsely branded as a thief on YouTube, Google, Facebook and a number of websites. This was the result of a video and accompanying material which wrongly identified him …” (more)

[Inforrm’s Blog, 19 May]

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Defamatory material on Facebook and YouTube: McKeogh v. Doe and others

Posted in Legal issues on May 16th, 2013 by steve

“The High Court today gave a significant decision in McKeogh v. Doe and others concerning defamatory material posted through Facebook and YouTube. The background to the case …” (more)

[TJ McIntyre, IT Law in Ireland, 16 May]

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How Paul Tweed’s Johnsons Solicitors are trying to muzzle the NAMAwinelake blog

Posted in Legal issues on May 5th, 2013 by steve

“… Well, this has been a nerve-fraying week here at NWL with the receipt of its first ‘solicitors letter’, or rather email. The debut ‘letter’, the Hayes Solicitors email on Tuesday evening was, to an extent, expected …” (more)

[NAMA Wine Lake, 5 May]

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Libel Reform – smells like victory

Posted in Legal issues on April 25th, 2013 by steve

“… Why the government changed its mind in the past week remains a mystery to me, as do many aspects of parliamentary language and procedure. Nevertheless the upshot is that we are on the verge of having significantly reformed libel laws in England and Wales …” (more)

[Stephen Curry, Reciprocal Space, 25 April]

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Go Iona That

Posted in Legal issues on April 2nd, 2013 by steve

“You may recall how Iona Institute founder David Quinn threatened legal action against the University Times two months ago after the Trinity College newspaper published articles about the much-lampooned online video, The Case for Man/Woman Marriage …” (more)

[Broadsheet.ie, 2 April]

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One Down, One to Go: Edwin Mellen Press Blinks One Eye

Posted in Legal issues on March 5th, 2013 by steve

“A few weeks ago, I posted about a pair of lawsuits brought by Edwin Mellen Press (EMP) against Dale Askey, an academic librarian, and his employer, McMaster University …” (more)

[Rick Anderson, The Scholarly Kitchen, 5 March]

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Edwin Mellen Press Drops Lawsuit Against University Librarian

Posted in Legal issues on March 4th, 2013 by steve

“Edwin Mellen Press said on Monday that it would drop a lawsuit against a university librarian whom it had sued for writing a blog post critical of the publisher. Critics have called the lawsuit an attack on academic freedom …” (more)

[Jake New, Chronicle of Higher Education, 4 March]

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Protecting the reputation of schools and universities

Posted in Legal issues on February 22nd, 2013 by steve

“You can say what you like about local authorities – and people do, knowing that the authority itself (as opposed to any individual member or employee) cannot sue in defamation. This was first established back in 1891 in Manchester Corporation v Williams [1891] 1 QB 94 …” (more)

[11KBW Education Law Blog, 22 February]

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A click from the courts – online libel never easier

Posted in Legal issues on February 18th, 2013 by steve

“Social media sites and users need to smarten up their act as libel cases are being taken and won. Social media is arguably the most powerful form of communication in the world …” (more)

[Pamela Newenham, Irish Times, 18 February]

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Librarians Rally Behind Blogger Sued by Publisher Over Critical Comments

Posted in Legal issues on February 14th, 2013 by steve

“A university librarian who is being sued after writing a critical blog post about a scholarly publisher is finding support from professors and librarians around the world …” (more)

[Jake New, Chronicle of Higher Education, 14 January]

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