Next Media fined HK$3m over BaWang shampoo defamationLocal | 23 May 2016 4:36 pm
The High Court has ordered Next Media Publishing to pay HK$3 million in damages to BaWang International, for publishing a defamatory article in July 2010 that stated that BaWang's shampoo could cause cancer.
The herbal shampoo manufacturer had been claiming a record HK$630 million in damages.
In his judgment, Justice David Lok said the Next Magazine article had caused serious damage to the reputation of the plaintiff, making it more difficult for them to market their existing products or launch new products.
But he also said the court had to ensure the award wasn't too high, as that could be an impediment to freedom of expression.—RTHK