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19/07/06
Britney Uses British Law to Force 'Marriage Not Over' Apology
- Singer engages in 'legal tourism' in case against National Enquirer

Britney Spears. Copyright LondonNetBRITNEY SPEARS has used a British court to force the National Enquirer to apologise over a story in the British and Irish editions of the magazine that the singer’s marriage to Kevin Federline was over.

"We now accept that their marriage is not over and they are not getting divorced," read a statement in today’s issue of the magazine, which is a predominantly US publication.

"The couple are very satisfied with the Enquirer's prompt and good-faith response," said Spears’ Belfast solicitor Paul Tweed.

Why would Britney cross the Atlantic Ocean to pursue a libel case? Because UK libel laws are less strict than their American equivalents.

"The problem in America is that there is a very strict defamation law," explained Tweed.

"If you are a public figure you have to show malice - so effectively celebrities can't sue for liable except in extreme cases.

"We have been able to hit them here because the situation is more favourable."

Legal experts predict that this case could start a flood of similar globe-trotting stars seeking justice, a phenomenon dubbed ‘legal-tourism’.



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