Bizarre PR In The Pompey Blogger Case

‘I stand by my story and will fight them every step of the way.’ Micah Hall, the Pompey blogger whose work is at the centre of the suit placed on Fansnetwork last week has now received an opportunity to defend his work. A letter from libel-specialist lawyers Mishcon de Reya accusing him of defamation in his blog on Kuala Lumpar financier Pascal Najadi, one of Keith Harris’ ‘passive backers’ in his failed bid for the ownership of Portsmouth FC. Hall is now able to rebut the allegations of defamation made against him. In a development of their action to inhibit criticism against their client, Mishcon have moved on from targetting the publishing website, who appear to have not responded other than removing the blog in question from their site, to the author of the piece. It would seem that Mishcon have failed to get Fansnetwork to accept liability, and we we will have to wait and see whether proceedings are actually brought against them. Hall, on the other hand, is happy to take on this fight and is consulting lawyers with his rebuttal. He is confident he can back the contents of the blog with sources that are not only a matter of public record but also backed by as yet unpublished information. Mishcon de Reya are, of course, experts in this much-criticised legal area. They have a strong...

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