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Desmond Loses High Court Libel Case

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So can the Express' editorial independence now be questioned? They love ramping the housing market at the express!

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Desmond loses High Court libel case

(PA) Newspaper owner Richard Desmond has lost his libel action over claims he abused his position to pursue a vendetta against Conrad Black.

A jury at London's High Court took nearly four hours to decide by a majority that the Express Group boss was not defamed in Tom Bower's 2006 biography of the now disgraced former Daily Telegraph owner.

Outside the courtroom, a delighted Mr Bower said he was grateful to the jurors, who had "done a great service to British journalism".

Mr Desmond left with his lawyers and made no immediate comment about the verdict. He now faces a costs bill estimated at around £1.25 million.

His QC, Ian Winter, had branded allegations that he ordered a negative story about Black after litigation over a printing plant and was then forced into a humiliating climbdown during a 2003 libel mediation as "wholly false".

Mr Bower denied libel and said what he wrote in Conrad And Lady Black: Dancing On The Edge was substantially true and was not, in any event, defamatory.

His counsel, Ronald Thwaites QC, told Mr Justice Eady and the jurors Mr Desmond was a "malevolent proprietor determined to do as he liked", whose bad reputation in the industry merited an award of no more than 40p - the cover-price of one copy of the Daily Express.

But Mr Winter said the disputed passages contained 10 defamatory factual errors, which were not addressed in court.

He said that the two press barons had reached agreement years ago and disputed Mr Thwaites's assertion that Mr Desmond brought the action out of wounded pride to show he was not a "wimp".

The action was not about money but vindication for his reputation as the claims could be very damaging in business, said Mr Winter.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/a...vmnE8yerZ99Hu4Q

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Central to Bower's defence was the claim that Desmond regularly ordered his journalists to print negative articles about his rivals – specifically Conrad Black – to settle his grudges. Thwaites referred to Desmond as a "malevolent" and "interfering" proprietor who will tell lies "at the drop of a hat".

After lengthy legal arguments, Thwaites was eventually allowed to play to the jury a tape of a phone call from July 2008, in which Desmond issued a sweary threat to a business contact. In this conversation, Desmond warned he could be "the worst ******ing enemy you'll ever have". Three days later a libellous and defamatory article appeared in the Sunday Express about the contact and his hedge fund, Pentagon Capital Management.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/jul/2...wer-libel-trial

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Central to Bower's defence was the claim that Desmond regularly ordered his journalists to print negative articles about his rivals �" specifically Conrad Black �" to settle his grudges. Thwaites referred to Desmond as a "malevolent" and "interfering" proprietor who will tell lies "at the drop of a hat".

After lengthy legal arguments, Thwaites was eventually allowed to play to the jury a tape of a phone call from July 2008, in which Desmond issued a sweary threat to a business contact. In this conversation, Desmond warned he could be "the worst ******ing enemy you'll ever have". Three days later a libellous and defamatory article appeared in the Sunday Express about the contact and his hedge fund, Pentagon Capital Management.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/jul/2...wer-libel-trial

Is he appealing?

No, he's appaling!

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