- 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: Reciprocal duty-interest
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
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
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
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