Phelim O'Neill Solicitors advise client in online defamation case
Phelim O’Neill Solicitors were recently instructed by a client who believed that he had been defamed on Twitter. We notified Twitter early on a Friday afternoon of the situation. As the “tweets” in dispute had not been removed by the deadline specified in our letter and further correspondence, we issued High Court proceedings on behalf of our client seeking the removal of the Tweets and damages for our client.
On making our application to the High Court, we received an order for short service of an application for an interlocutory injunction. Thankfully, following the issuing of our client’s proceedings, and engagement by Twitter with the individuals who had posted the “tweets” in dispute, the tweets were removed, which avoided the need for the case to be heard in full.
This case illustrates the importance of taking decisive action against internet service providers in circumstances where individuals believe that they have been defamed online.
Phelim O’Neill Solicitors realise how distressing defamatory comments can be, particularly in an online context, and are available to consult with prospective clients by telephone.