From the Courts
November 5, 2013
Harlequin reaches settlement in defamation case

Harlequin Hotels and Resorts and the Ames family have settled their libel action against Wilkins Kennedy LLP and a former employee, Jeremy Newman and partner, Martin MacDonald, of the firm.{{more}}

This is according to an agreed joint statement from the parties involved.

The statement said: “The action arose from a website which alleged that the business operated by Harlequin was a fraudulent scheme. The terms of the settlement are confidential, but the offending website has been closed down and will not be reopened.

“Wilkins Kennedy and Mr MacDonald deny any involvement in authorising, approving or setting up the website or its content. Neither Mr MacDonald nor Wilkins Kennedy have asserted in these proceedings that the allegations were true.

“Mr Newman has admitted that he set up and operated the website and regrets his actions in doing so. He did not intend to suggest, and has not asserted in these proceedings, that the business operated by Harlequin was in fact a fraudulent scheme.

“Mr Newman apologises for the offence and upset that the website caused to the Ames family.”