Government to 'end abuse' of UK libel laws
Justice secretary Jack Straw unveils measures to put a stop to libel tourism
by John Plunkett
March 23, 2010
The justice secretary, Jack Straw, today unveiled new measures intended to "end the abuse" of the libel system in the UK, including a cap on the legal costs people are able to claim on a no win, no fee basis.
Straw is due to make a statement to parliament today to coincide with the publication of the findings of the libel working group that was set up by the justice secretary to look at libel law reform last year.
Straw said he wanted to bring an end to libel tourism, adding that he was "horrified" by the case of a leading British doctor, Peter Wilmshurst, who is being sued by a US company after he questioned the effectiveness of a heart implant.
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