- 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: Qualified privilege
Lying defamation defendant shot down by Sporting Shooters – $887,027.66 in damages: Moroney v Zegers  VSC 448
For a short time in 2012, Karel Zegers was the Acting President of the Victorian branch of the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (SSAAV). His position on the Board was up for election in August that year and he decided … Continue reading
During the evening of 11 December 2008, Tyler Cassidy, a 15 year old boy had stolen two large knives from Kmart at Northcote Plaza Shopping Centre, near All Nations Park. He moved through the shopping centre, its shops and car … Continue reading
Artists’ appeal upheld, record verdict set aside and re-trial ordered: Vakras v Cripps  VSCA 193
In 2014, a gallery owner, Raymond Cripps was awarded a record $420,000 defamation verdict in the Victorian Supreme Court. The verdict was made by His Honour Justice Kyrou against two surrealist artists, Demetrios Vakras and Lee-Anne Raymond. They held an … 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 a trial that ran for 55 days late last year and concluding in February this year, the plaintiff, Derick John Sands, has lost his claim for defamation, as well as other claims including a breach of confidence and a … Continue reading
Murray Water Corporation sent down the river for $295,000: Belbin& Others v Lower Murray Urban and Rural Water Corporation  VSC 535
In the northwest of Victoria sits the orange-picking town of Mildura on the Murray River. To get there from Melbourne usually involves a 6-hour drive or a small flight on a plane with a flip-top lid. But it was there … Continue reading
Given that AFL Football and cricket have this year graced us with fantastic defamation cases about talk shows, lurid affairs and sordid match-fixing claims, it seems only natural that Rugby League would eventually get a Guernsey as well. And so … Continue reading
On 10 February this year, Tony Abbott, (yes the leader of the Coalition) spoke at a conference of the Masters Building Association. He spoke about the Australian Building and Construction Commission and his words were republished by Sky News. He … Continue reading