How to prosecute Libel and Slander in the UK

Written by Jefferson Highway, General Counsel

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So what can you do if you think you have been slandered or libeled? There are several possible course of action beyond ignoring it and not drawing attention. First, you could demand an apology. Ifrepparttar statement really is defamatory, a lawyer's letter will usually dorepparttar 119130 trick. The second response might be to approachrepparttar 119131 professional body that regulatesrepparttar 119132 channel thru whichrepparttar 119133 defamation occurred (such asrepparttar 119134 Press Complaints Commission ifrepparttar 119135 statement came viarepparttar 119136 UK press). Thirdly, you could use section 2 ofrepparttar 119137 Defamation Act 1996 withrepparttar 119138 assistance of a lawyer to get them to stop. Fourthly, an injunction can be applied for viarepparttar 119139 courts. You final recourse, is to sue -repparttar 119140 course most people are aware of. What they may NOT be aware of is how expensive this can get. There is no Aid or public funding for such cases, so unless your pockets are very deep, this must be your last resort, particularly as if you lose, you could end up payingrepparttar 119141 other side's costs too!

If it does go to court,repparttar 119142 accused has several possible defenses above and beyondrepparttar 119143 standard defense of 'the statement is true'. They could argue that they never maderepparttar 119144 statement, or thatrepparttar 119145 statement did no damage, or wasn't even defamatory. The bottom line is, before you get upset and ring a lawyer, think hard onrepparttar 119146 subject!

Jeff writes article about the law for Joe Public, and contributes articles to a free site full of top legal advice and tips.

Database Hacks - Are Banks Required To Notify You?

Written by Richard A. Chapo

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There are two serious loopholes inrepparttar regulations. First, a financial institution that discovers a database breach must only notify account holders if it is "reasonably possible" that personal details will be misused. Second,repparttar 119129 regulations only apply to personal data, not business or commercial accounts.

While these new regulations are a positive step, one could drive a truck throughrepparttar 119130 two loopholes. Determining whether it is “reasonably possible” that your information will be misused is a vague standard that many financial institutions will use to withhold information. Put bluntly,repparttar 119131 notification regulations are gutless.

The best method for keeping an eye on database breaches is to look for stories inrepparttar 119132 news. Under California law, companies are required to give notice to California residents when breaches occur. If you see a story about your bank giving notice of a hack to California residents, your personal information may have also been exposed. Hackers do not restrict their attacks to California residents.

Richard Chapo is an attorney with - a law firm providing legal advice to California businesses. This article is for general education purposes and does not address every facet of the subject matter. Nothing in this article creates an attorney-client relationship.

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