27 May 2014
EZE GROUP WIN LIBEL ACTION AGAINST ALBERTO GARCIA AND MIND TIMESHARE
Eze Group is expecting to be awarded substantial damages after successfully progressing a libel action against Mind Timeshare and the blog owner Mr Alberto Garcia.
Following the landmark High Court ruling EZE Group’s media lawyers Pinder Reaux are now in contact with WordPress in order to request the removal of all libellous material and disclosure of the blog contributors.
Last year EZE Group was successfully granted a High Court Order to expose the people behind the damaging blog postings that appeared on the Mind Timeshare website.
Despite this, the blog hosting platform WordPress, refused to adhere to the High Court order for the defamatory postings to be removed, citing concerns that it was contrary to the right of free speech as set out in the First Amendment of the American Constitution.
Unperturbed Dominic O’Reilly, EZE Group’s CEO instructed city media lawyers Pinder Reaux to commence a libel action against Mind Timeshare and the blog operator.
The action gave Mind Timeshare and Mr Garcia the opportunity to prove legitimacy of the comments contained within the blog, but after proceedings were served via electronic format (due to Mr Garcia’s evasiveness) no acknowledgment or defence was received.
On May 16th 2014 in the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court, London judgement in default was granted due to the failure of Mr Garcia to reply to proceedings.
A damages hearing to assess the award of damages payable by Mr Garcia to Eze Group will now be set for the first available hearing after July 2nd 2014.
Commenting on the successful proceedings, Dominic O’Reilly said: “This is a classic case of persistence beating resistance and we are now awaiting the award for the damage caused to our business reputation and the financial loss suffered as a result of the postings.”
Mr Spyrou of Pinder Reaux media lawyers added that ‘people should exercise extreme caution when considering contributing to blog sites as the internet can entice people into making comments that they may well regret later’