Hong Kong: Striking Out a Defamation Claim
6 March 2008
Mayer Brown Legal Update
March 2008 - A recent Court of Appeal decision in Hong Kong (Wong Wing Ho v. Chong Lai Wah & Another (CACV 212/2007, 13 February 2008)) reminds one to take extreme caution before applying to strike out a defamation claim on the ground of no reasonable cause of action. The test is a stringent one: whether it is plain and obvious that the words complained of are incapable of bearing a defamatory meaning of the plaintiff.