- The Return of Trkulja: Episode IV – Trkulja v Google LLC  HCA 25
- Rebel Wilson’s Perfect Defamation Record: Wilson v Bauer Media Pty Ltd & Anor  VSC 521
- Tweed Shire Mayor gets revenge threefold – Milne v Ell  NSWSC 555
- Melbourne defamation lawyer loses to Google: Defteros v Google LLC & Google Australia Pty Ltd  VSC 158
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Author Archives: Justin Castelan
Jeffrey and Curnow were defamed by statements made by Virginia Giles on a website in 2011. The plaintiffs were directors of a company, Casacir Pty Ltd, which operates a quarry in the south of Victoria. The defendant’s company owned the … Continue reading
CSI Lismore: German backpacker’s efforts to prevent publication of book all in vain: Moran v Schwartz Publishing Pty Ltd  WASC 334
In early 2005, the plaintiff, a German National with a working visa in Australia, was travelling along the east coast of Australia in a campervan with his German girlfriend of 6 and a half years, Simone Strobel. By the time … Continue reading
Orange is a large rural town in Western New South Wales and its High School became a site for a landmark defamation verdict. Yes, this case happened a while ago, but in our new age of social media, an interesting … Continue reading
Defendants’ go all-in: Plaintiff calls their bluff and wins the $340,000 pot: Polias v Ryall & Ors  NSWSC 1692
The plaintiff and four defendants were poker players used to playing high stakes games: hands worth thousands of dollars. In the middle of 2012, the plaintiff and the first defendant went to Las Vegas for a tournament and shared a … Continue reading
Google’s dream comes true: plaintiff fails because trial would cost too much to run: Bleyer v Google Inc  NSWSC 897
Roland Bleyer alleged that Google Inc published seven items about him, three in the form of search results and others in relation to articles that those search results hyperlinked to. For instance, the first matter that Bleyer sued on said … Continue reading
Mildura Water Corporation Appeal hosed down: Lower Murray Urban and Rural Water Corporation v Di Masi & Ors  VSCA 104
In 2012, a jury in the Supreme Court of Victoria sat in Mildura, a small orange-picking town on the border of NSW, for 22 days (there were a further four days of legal argument) and heard a defamation case. At … Continue reading
In June 2009, two surrealist artists, Demetrios Vakras and Anne Raymond hired out gallery space at Guildford Lane Gallery for a 2-week exhibition. The operator of the gallery was Redleg Museum Services Pty Ltd and the owner was Raymond Cripps, … Continue reading
First of all, a big mea culpa from myself. Yes, it is true that my efforts to maintain a proper updating of this website across 2014 have ranged from abysmal to downright pathetic, but 2015 is a new year, full … Continue reading
As everyone knows, Google knows everything. Google collates and compiles information on virtually every search ever done on every computer, and uses this information to create money from selling advertising space on user’s screens. Google analyses that information to deduce … Continue reading
Setka further set back by the Prime Minister in Court of Appeal: Setka v Abbott & Anor  VSCA 345
John Setka is the Divisional Branch Assistant Secretary of the Victorian Branch of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU). On 10 February 2012, the now Prime Minister (then Leader of the Opposition), attended a conference of the … Continue reading