Cobalt has successfully represented Latvian news magazine Ir before Latvia’s Supreme Court in defamation proceedings.
Founded in 2010, Magazine Ir is a weekly news magazine published in Riga, Latvia.
The “legal proceedings related to an investigative report on insolvency procedures by journalist Indra Sprance,” Cobalt informed. “In 2017, a judge brought a defamation claim against the magazine Ir and the journalist regarding a series of articles that highlighted issues with the handling of insolvency cases in Latvian courts.”
“On September 15, 2022, the Supreme Court delivered a judgment that upholds the Zemgale Regional Court judgment of February 4, 2020, which dismissed the claim in its entirety,” the firm added. The Court held that “neither the articles nor individual parts of them, contained defamatory information or expressed an excessively defamatory opinion of the claimant.”
According to Cobalt, the Supreme Court’s judgment is final and is not subject to appeal.
The Cobalt team was led by Senior Associate Linda Birina.