By Marcus Dysch, July 23, 2009
Newspaper boss Richard Desmond has lost his libel action over claims that he abused his position to pursue a vendetta against a rival media tycoon.
A High Court jury has decided by a majority that the Express Group owner was not defamed in Tom Bower's 2006 biography of the former Daily Telegraph owner Conrad Black.
Mr Desmond faces a bill for legal costs estimated at around £1.25 million.
Outside the court, Mr Bower said the jurors had "done a great service to British journalism".