is this case still good law? mcmanus v beckham defamation tort Watch

Barbie990
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does the defamation act 2013 mean that s2 of the 1952 act is no longer applicable
McManus v Beckham - s.2 Defamation Act 1952 makes slander actionable per se where the words are calculated to disparage the claimant in his office, profession, calling, trade or business.

is this case still good law or not because theose provisions dont seem to be in the new act?
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Section 1 of the 2013 act makes it clear that there needs to be serious harm suffered for a statement to be defamatory so it can't be actionable per se. The case is still relevant in terms of risk of repetition and foreseeability though.
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(Original post by RumpeIstiltskin)
Section 1 of the 2013 act makes it clear that there needs to be serious harm suffered for a statement to be defamatory so it can't be actionable per se. The case is still relevant in terms of risk of repetition and foreseeability though.
I would tend to agree with you, but there is disagreement on this. Cooke v MGN seemed to suggest you would need evidence to prove serious harm, but in McGee v Linford it was recognised that it would be very difficult in defamation cases and only in some cases would "tangible evidence of harm be expected."

It is not clear how high the bar is for serious harm yet, or what is expected.
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