Newspaper Defamation Claim Fails

By Eric Misterovich

Sir Elton John’s newspaper defamation claim against the times of India has failed. The Times of India reports that the High Court of India has the statements made by the Times of India, specifically, that Elton John had engaged in tax avoidance, were incapable of a defamatory meaning. Though the article did not specifically mention that Elton John was participating in a tax avoidance scheme, his defamation attorneys argued that the connection was implicit. The High Court rejected this line of reasoning and dismissed the case.

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