The claim arose from two ‘Colin’ cartoons, which were published on 15 February and 8 March. The cartoons in question depicted high rise buildings labelled ‘Winkworths’.
Following publication, Accountancy Age received a claim of defamation from estate agent franchiser M Winkworth & Co Holdings Ltd. But last week at the High Court, Justice Hart agreed an application by VNU, publisher of Accountancy Age, to strike out the claim.
Awarding costs in favour of VNU, he concluded that any reasonable reader would have realised that the cartoons were not intended to be taken seriously. As such, they could not be considered defamatory of Winkworths.
‘This was a claim that should never have reached court as it was wholly without merit. We are delighted that the judge agreed,’ said Accountancy Age editor Damian Wild. ‘In the current legal climate, which often appears to favour claimants in defamation cases, it is good to see a publisher standing up for itself and winning.’
You can read about the capers of our dear friend Colin the accountant online. Visit www.accountancyage.com/colin to view the cartoons.
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