Compensation on the grounds of libel has been awarded to the owners of a travel company following a case at the High Court in London, it has emerged today (February 12th).
Angela Matthias and Amanda Lopez took legal action against Fenland District Council after the local authority published a press release making false allegations about their firm Angel Travel in May 2008.
Within this publication, it was claimed that the organisation - which provided transport for local schools and the council itself - had no valid insurance, failed to return expired licence plates and had abandoned its offices without informing the authority.
In addition, it was alleged that one of the company's drivers had acted dangerously while driving one of its vehicles and these accusations were subsequently published on the front page of the local newspaper.
Ms Matthias and Ms Lopez insisted these untruths caused them to be "vilified" in their local community and Mr Justice Tugenhadt has now ruled they are entitled to "substantial" libel damages.
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Posted by Chris Stevenson