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Dank v Nationwide News Pty Ltd [2016] NSWSC 295. Number of days in Stephen Dank’s defamation trial – 20. Judgment Awarded – Priceless

Since 2013, the Australian sporting landscape has been dominated, not by any particularly amazing footballer, cricketer or athlete. No, it has been dominated by Stephen Dank – “sports scientist”. He is the man responsible for bringing into the Australian conscience … Continue reading

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Dank’s defamation juggernaut faces first hurdles: [2013] NSWSC 1122; [2013] NSWSC 1064

The biggest name in Australian sport this year is not a footballer, a cricketer or even an athlete. The biggest name in Australian sport is Dr Stephen Dank, a “sports scientist”.  He is not a medical doctor, but in 2011 … Continue reading

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Cronulla’s legal advice on ASADA kept confidential: Cronulla-Sutherland District Rugby League Football Club Ltd v Nationwide News Pty Ltd [2013] NSWSC 494

The biggest news in Australian sport this year has been the investigation by the Australian Crime Commission and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) into the alleged use by athletes and members of sporting teams of peptides and similar so-called … Continue reading

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Holmes a Court wins in High Court: Papaconstuntinos v Holmes a Court [2012] HCA 53

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

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Cricket: Cairns’ £90,000 Damages out of proportion?… NOT OUT: Cairns v Modi [2012] EWHC 483 (QB)

The writer has barely coped with the mental devastation heaped on his football team in last month’s AFL Grand Final, but alas it is now but a distant suppressed memory  ….. and its cricket season! Early in the year, Chris … Continue reading

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Mick Molloy still not funny: Cornes v The Ten Group Pty Ltd & Ors [2012] SASFC 99

With the 2012 AFL Grand Final only a few days away, and the writer’s team, Hawthorn, playing off for the title against the Sydney Swans, it is about time this blog found a way to weave the mighty Hawks into … Continue reading

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Strike Two for Rugby League Follower: Palavi v Queensland Newspapers Pty Ltd [2012] NSWCA 182

On 16 and 17 April 2010, Queensland Newspapers published an article on its website which Charmyne Palavi, a mother of 3 and rugby league follower, claimed conveyed imputations that she was “a slut” and “a pub slut”. Two days after … Continue reading

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Cairns belts match-fixing claim out of the ground: Cairns v Modi [2012] EWHC 756 (QB)

In 1983 I remember going to the MCG with my father and watching a swashbuckling New Zealand batsman, Lance Cairns, belt 6 sixes all around the biggest ground in the world, off some of the finest fast bowlers in the … Continue reading

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Kung Fu Fighting – plaintiff not as fast as lightning: Jin-Song Han v Australian Kung Fu Federation Inc [2011] VSC 498

This was an application to strike out 3 claims for defamation on the basis that they were statute barred. Under the Defamation Act 2005 (Vic), a person has 1 year from the date of publication to sue. If they do … Continue reading

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Mick Molloy and Before the Game: Just not funny: Nicole Cornes v Channel Ten [2011] SASC 104

For those who follow the AFL, Before the Game is a well-known television show on Channel Ten that precedes each Saturday night’s match and has done so for many years. On its panel are a range of football journalists and … Continue reading

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