Lord McAlpine pursues legal action against Twitter users By Margaret Taylor 15 November 2012 14:31 17 December 2015 11:56 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Patrick Stevens 15 November 2012 at 15:59 Has anyone got any idea what the “going rate” is for a Twitter libel of this nature? Reply Link Colin Finsbury 15 November 2012 at 20:32 1p – the lowest coin in the Realm. Reply Link Anonymous 16 November 2012 at 09:21 Suspect that not a lot of these will go to court to defend themselves…. Open and shut on liability …and if he’s aftet a low quantum then may as well just pay up/get in touch with loansdirect.com! Reply Link Anonymous 16 November 2012 at 13:48 I feel very uneasy about this (and no, I didn’t tweet his name). If the innocent use the law to stop such statements, we can assume that the guilty will also seek to do the same. Lord McAlpine is innocent. However in 2008 Jimmy Saville was using a law firm to silence rumours. Reply Link Bob Marks 17 November 2012 at 08:01 Perhaps I am alone in thinking that McAlpine’s solicitors are doing their client a great disservice. He has received £185,000 already. They should read this judgement which concerned scattergun libel litigation, failure to observe the protocol, threats without any consideration of the overall merits, over compensation and context. The last two particularly important points here. It is by no means open and shut on liability and the fact he has been compensated by the tune of 185K already will have to be considered in the context of other cases. Solicitors cannot just go around sending invoices to people when the risk of over compensation is very real. http://www.bailii.org/cgi-bin/markup.cgi?doc=/ew/cases/EWHC/QB/2008/1797.html&query=smith+and+v+and+advfn&method=boolean In my opinion if cases go to court they are likely to be dismissed. The use of the media to stir up a frenzy of intimidation and fear will not go down well with any judge who ends up dealing with these cases.For example, demanding responses within 48 hours is totally contrary to fairness and justice. McAlpine and his solicitors will lose sympathy and there will be a public backlash if they go for more compensation. You watch and learn. I just hope McAlpine’s solicitor has considered all the above or it could end up being very costly to them when the backlash begins. Reply Link Anonymous 19 November 2012 at 16:22 Interesting to note that the draft Defamation Act (Bill) 2012, not yet I think in force, makes it clear that English courts will not have l;ibel jurisdiction when person allegedly libelled is not domiciled in the jurisdiction. I have no idea whether that applies to the case in question though i understand that the person allegedly libelled has been resident in past and recent years in Australia and Italy. Reply Link Anonymous 20 November 2012 at 09:17 Child abuse is horrendous and if Twitter had existed all those years ago the abused may have been able to write ‘this is what you have done to me and this is who you are’ and then the abuse could have ended and there would be no need for speculation all these years later. As a parent I would glady forfeit my reputation – if wrongly accused – in the hope that child abuse (and all other abuses) can be brought to an end. Defamation Laws should be tamed rather than empowered Reply Link Anthony Miller 23 November 2012 at 00:31 Good for Lord McAlpine – someone should have done this years ago. Getting libel removed from Facebook or Twitter is not easy … and such nonsense undermines free speech. This will make free speech easier as the government wont be reduced to section 127 of the Communications Act all the time … etc Horay for Lord A – the Clint Eastwood of Twitter. So Philip Schofield, feel lucky punk? Seriously they have it coming. As for the BBC and ITV – rule 1 of reporting … have more than one source …broken. rule 2 – tell the person you’re going to criticise so if it does go to libel the damages will be less punative How can they be so dumb – even the local paper usually manages that… Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.