In the most high profile case, a High Court judge tossed a lawsuit by a former Russian police officer against Bill Browder, the chief executive officer of the U.S. hedge fund Hermitage Capital Management, The Financial Times reported. Browder, a grandson of Earl Browder, who headed the Communist Party in the United States for many years until his ouster after World War II, campaigned for the Serge Magnitsky Act, a U.S. law named after a Russian human rights lawyer who died in police custody.
The other case involved a lawsuit brought by a Serbian resident of Switzerland against a Montegrin now resident in Croatia. Another High Court judge dismissed it.
Britain's plaintiff-friendly libel laws have long made it a magnet for people who believe they have been maligned -- or would like others to think they have been maligned. Browder after the ruling called them "foreign chancers who come here trying to abuse our libel courts."
"There is this sense in Russia that you can somehow trick the courts into doing things and this is a real slap in the face," he said.
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