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The new media age has given us the ability to distribute information and publications globally at the touch of a button. However, the potential liability in defamation for those publishing material on a global basis – not just on the internet but also in more traditional media such as newspapers, books and broadcasts – is huge. The English courts have long been the forum of choice for defamation forum shoppers as a result of claimant-friendly defamation laws. Now they are having to deal with the thorny issue of jurisdiction shopping, as seen in a string of recent High Court cases.

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