- 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
- Trkulja III not as good as the originals: Google Inc v Trkulja  VSCA 333
- Strip club owner is no brothel madam: Hardie v Herald & Weekly Times  VSCA 103
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Category Archives: Qualified privilege
Muriel and Gary Campbell are members of an Aboriginal family living in Bermagui, NSW. In October 2006 racist graffiti directed towards Aboriginals was painted on a bridge in the area and around that time there was a fight on … Continue reading
Child care employer taught $150,000 lesson: Association of Quality Child Care Centres of NSW v Manefield  NSWCA 123
The Association of Quality Child Care Centres in NSW was an incorporated association with an executive committee of 10 members. Bruce Manefield was the Executive officer from 7 February 2006 until 16 May 2008 and is the plaintiff in … Continue reading
Hobart Mercury’s Sleazy Campaign Yields Record Damages: Gunston v Davies Brothers Ltd  TASSC 15
Andrew Gunston was a policeman in Tasmania whojoined the Force in 1982. On the night of 12 October 2001, while off duty, he went to the Queenstown’s Empire Hotel for a drink. Or a few drinks. And a game of … Continue reading
The plaintiff was a real estate agent in Alice Springs who operated under the name First National Real Estate Framptons. He was also the Southern regional representative of the Real Estate Institute of the Northern Territory. The self-represented defendants … Continue reading
On 10 June 2008, Michael Lassanah and Aaron Oddie entered the Tag Heuer shop in King Street in the centre of Sydney. They went in and looked at some watches and their conduct was perfectly innocent. However, staff in the … Continue reading
Failure to stretch Lange defence for foreign language papers: The Korean Times Pty Ltd & Anor v Un Dok Pak  NSWCA 365
The plaintiff was born in Korea and moved to Australia when she was 15. She studied Economics and Law, became a solicitor and also married another solicitor (Ki Beom Kwon). She and her husband were heavily involved in the Korean … Continue reading
On 3 February 2010, The Age published an article about Helen Liu and referred to her as a Chinese Australian businesswoman who had made substantial payments to the former Defence Minister, Joel Fitzgibbon as part of “a campaign to cultivate … Continue reading
Credit reporting agency covered by qualified privilege: Walker v Veda Advantage Information Services and Solutions Ltd & Anor  QSC 316
The plaintiff was an applicant for credit. The first defendant a credit reporting agency and the second defendant was a previous creditor of the plaintiff. The plaintiff sued the agency for defamation arising from what he claimed was the publication … Continue reading
The plaintiff alleged that members of the SA Police Force, in the course of investigating a suspicious death, made statements that were defamatory of him, including statements that the plaintiff was suspected to have murdered the deceased. The deceased was … 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