News: Hockey v Fairfax Media Publications, Final Submissions in Federal Treasurer’s defamation trial

18 03 2015

gazetteOn 16 March 2015, the Federal Court of Australia heard final addresses in the defamation action brought by the federal treasurer, Joe Hockey, against Fairfax Media.  They illuminated more than just legal arguments – they have revealed the very different styles of counsel involved. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Australia: Sandra De Poi v Advertiser News Weekend Publishing Company Pty Ltd, MP’s ex loses “dishonest electoral practice” defamation action – Yvonne Kux

13 03 2015

gazetteSandra De Poi, the former partner of South Australia Labor MP Leon Bignell and a WorkCover board member, has lost her defamation action against the publisher of The Sunday Mail. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Australia: Moran v Schwartz Publishing Pty Ltd, CSI Lismore: German backpacker’s efforts to prevent publication of book all in vain – Justin Castelan

27 02 2015

tobias-moranIn 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 they got to Lismore, they had been joined by the plaintiff’s sister, Katrin and another friend from their village in Germany called Jens. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Australia: Polias v Ryall, Defendants go all-in: Plaintiff calls their bluff and wins the $340,000 pot – Justin Castelan

22 02 2015

poliasThe plaintiff and four defendants were poker players used to playing high stakes games: hands worth thousands of dollars. In the middle of 2012, the plaintiff and the first defendant went to Las Vegas for a tournament and shared a room. Evidently for them, what happens in Vegas did not stay in Vegas. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Australia: Wilson v Ferguson, Damages of $48,400 for explicit Facebook photos and video – Yvonne Kux

8 02 2015

gazetteA 31-year-old female mine worker whose jilted lover posted sexually explicit images and videos of her on his Facebook page has been awarded damages of $48,404. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Australia: Dabrowski v Greeuw, “Facebook” defamation damages awarded against estranged wife.

5 01 2015

FacebookIn the case of Dabrowski v Greeuw ([2014] WADC 175), the District Court of Western Australia awarded a husband defamation damages of Aus$12,500 against his estranged wife as a result of a defamatory post on Facebook. Read the rest of this entry »





Media Law: Highlights and lowlights of 2014, the view from Australia

3 01 2015

gazetteThe Gazette of Law and Journalism asked five savvy media law types – Michael Cameron, Justine Munsie, Patrick McCafferty, Grant McAvaney and Matt Collins – to choose the highlights and lowlights of the year that was …  Some consensus emerged, at least in terms of UK developments. Read the rest of this entry »








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