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DATA PROTECTION: UK High Court uses Data Protection Act to foil smear campaign

Al-KO Kober Ltd and Mr Paul Jones v. Balvinder Sambhi (t/a Torquebars), UK High Court, EWHC 2474, 6 October 2017

The judgment of the UK High Court in Al-KO Kober Ltd and Mr Paul Jones v. Balvinder Sambhi (t/a Torquebars) (‘Al-KO Kober v. Sambhi’) demonstrates that the Data Protection Act 1998 (‘DPA’) can be a useful tool in combating online personal smear campaigns by competitor businesses. The judgment also shows that an application for an interim injunction in a case of malicious falsehood will face significant challenges, but that a judge may still grant the relief sought if the defendant can offer no sensible explanation for their belief in their own statements.

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