The increase came after Mr Justice French ruled that Mr Reynolds was entitled to nominal damages, given the jury's verdict. The jurors decided, by a majority of 10-1, that the allegation complained of by Mr Reynolds was not "in substance true" - but then went on to make the "zero" award. The judge's ruling may have a bearing on who should pay costs, unofficially estimated at more than pounds 1m.
Mr Reynolds sued over a November 1994 story, headed "Goodbye gombeen man. Why a fib too far proved fatal". The newspaper denied libel, pleading qualified privilege and justificationReuse content