As we wrote last year, book self-publisher Chris McGrath sued an Amazon reviewer Vaughan Jones, Amazon and Richard Dawkins for a negative review about his book posted on Amazon and posted again on Dawkins’ website.
McGrath lost his libel lawsuit, MHP Books reported, noting that the case was closed “last year but has only just been made public.”
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The UK Independent explained that McGrath also has to pay “legal bills of around £100,000.”
Amazon paid “£77,000 to have this case struck out by a judge, an amount of money that most ordinary libel defendants simply cannot afford,” the Index on Censorship noted in a statement to the UK Independent. And the reviewer, Jones, argued that despite having the case ended, “libel reform is needed more than ever.”