- Lying defamation defendant shot down by Sporting Shooters – $887,027.66 in damages: Moroney v Zegers  VSC 448
- Politician not so pushy – Sophie Mirabella wins $175,000: Mirabella v Price & Benalla Newspapers Pty Ltd  VCC 650
- Channel Nine’s “disgraceful” story – $300,000 damages: Pahjua v TCN Channel Nine PL  NSWSC 893
- Court of Appeal rules that Rebel Wilson’s damages not special: Bauer Media Pty Ltd v Wilson  VSCA 154
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Category Archives: News
In this age of the Leveson Inquiry and Rupert Murdoch being cross-examined about why there may be dozens of people arrested in his newspaper empire for crimes like phone hacking the telephone lines of people who lost family members in … Continue reading
The old reciprocal duty-interest qualified privilege for a lawyer writing to another lawyer trick: Szanto v Melville  VSC 574
Two lawyers were acting in relation to the sale of a number of apartments in Ascot Vale. One of them, the plaintiff, acted on behalf of the receiver in relation to the sale of those apartments. The receiver had been … Continue reading
Andrew Bolt, columnist for the Herald Sun newspaper, wrote two articles in 2009 entitled “It’s so hip to be black” and “White Fellas in the Black”. It referred to what he called a “trend” of fair skin aboriginal people who … Continue reading
The plaintiff, Daniel Snedden, also known as Dragan Vasilykovic sued The Australian for an article published in September 2005: “Serbian Death squad commander alive and well teaching golf in Perth.” There was a trial by jury held to determine whether … Continue reading
Stephen Morrissey is an English singer and songwriter, known simply as “Morrissey”. In the 1980s, he was the lead singer of “The Smiths” and since 1989 has had a successful career as a solo artist. The New Musical Express (NME) … Continue reading
Statement of Claim Part VIII : Franchise Central (Australia) Pty Ltd & Ors v Fairfax Media Publications Pty Ltd  VSC 379
The plaintiffs provided consultancy services in relation to franchising. In January 2008, the defendants published an article in the BRW “From building to bail out”, and a further article in February 2008, “ASIC acts on franchise accusations”. The plaintiffs started … Continue reading
Since Lange in 1998, politicians have no longer been the cornerstones of the defamation lawyer’s practice. The High Court decided that we have an implied right in our constitution to discuss “government and political matter” and so politicians took their … Continue reading
The contextual truth defence is the most complicated, convoluted and confusing defences available in defamation at common law. Under the 2005 Act, it means that the defendant claims this: “The words don’t mean that… they mean this other thing, which … Continue reading