Defamation is a very interesting subject. Almost anything that belittles a person or an organisation can be accused as being defamatory. For the basics on defamation, please read previous articles.
For example, in the case of Dr Bernadine Malini, the lovely doctor sued MPH and 2 others for defamation because of the publication of her picture in a wedding gown in the Female magazine. She claimed that the picture was “derogatory,……..”.
According to her, the advertisement would lead the ordinary, reasonable man to the conclusion that her income as a doctor was insufficient therefore she had to supplement her income by being a part-time model. Her claim was dismissed, even when she appealed to the Court of Appeal.
Imagine, being sued for not saying anything nasty about someone but actually flattering them (not just anyone would be chosen to grace a wedding gown advertisement – she has to be lovely). The fault in the matter was that neither the publisher nor the boutique company seek her consent to the publication of her photo. The photographer was totally innocent as the photo was supposed to be placed in their record of wedding gown designs.
The Costs of Defamation Suit
Anyway, the lovely doctor not only lose the case, had to bear all her legal costs and also the costs of the photographer in defending the claim. So, before you start suing, please get the opinion of an ordinary and reasonable man on whether something is defamatory of not. 😀
– The Costs of Defamation Suit