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Rebel Wilson’s Perfect Defamation Record: Wilson v Bauer Media Pty Ltd & Anor [2017] VSC 521

Rebel Wilson, Hollywood starlet and Australian heroine has added another chapter to her success, this time in real life Australian court. Her defamation victory is by far the largest victory in the history of Australian defamation law, and her lesson … Continue reading

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CSI Lismore: German backpacker’s efforts to prevent publication of book all in vain: Moran v Schwartz Publishing Pty Ltd [2014] WASC 334

In early 2005, the plaintiff, a German National with a working visa in Australia, was travelling along the east coast of Australia in a campervan with his German girlfriend of 6 and a half years, Simone Strobel. By the time … Continue reading

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No tort for breach of privacy in South Australian epic: Sands v South Australia [2013] SASC 44

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

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Nine-day trial yields Five K verdict: Holt v TCN Channel Nine P/L [2012] NSWSC 770

Andrew Holt brought defamation proceedings against Channel 9 for an edition of A Current Affair that was broadcast on 28 July 2009. The broadcast related to how he treated his late wife, Karen Holt, who was then dying with cancer. … Continue reading

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Electric car case against Top Gear written off: Tesla Motors Ltd v BBC [2012] EWHC 310 (QB)

On 14 December 2008, Top Gear broadcast a show that featured an electric car made by the Claimants, a Roadster. Its body was similar to a Lotus Elise, a petrol powered car and the Top Gear episode showed a race … Continue reading

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Can the Judge order that the trial be without a jury? Channel Seven Sydney Pty Ltd v Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells [2001] NSWCA 246

The circumstances of this appeal were as follows: • the plaintiff, a Senator from NSW, was funded to go to Italy on a study trip in 2009. She wrote a 620-page report on the Australian Wool Industry; • “Today Tonight” … 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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