Arron Banks, a Brexit advocate who provided millions to the Brexit campaign, had sued Carole Cadwalladr over tweets and a broadcast talk made in 2019, saying they had caused serious harm to his reputation.
EU campaign in the UK’s 2016 EU referendum, lost a libel action filed against him by a journalist over suspicions of his links to Russian money.
The High Court in London ruled that Cadwalladr either had a public interest defence over the publications or that Banks had failed to prove that they had caused significant harm.
“Accordingly, the claim is dismissed,” Judge Karen Steyn said in her ruling.
Cadwalladr said on Twitter she was “so profoundly grateful and relieved,” while Banks said he would likely appeal the verdict.
The High Court judge dismissed the claim on the grounds that she had a public interest defence.
Banks said he would likely appeal the decision, adding: “Defamatory but no serious harm.”