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 »





Australia: an opportunity missed to enhance press freedom – Paul Wragg

7 10 2014

gazetteThe Australian Law Reform Commission has recommended the creation of a commonwealth statute to protect against serious invasions of privacy.  The proposed tort bears close comparison to the UK’s misuse of private information action, developed from Campbell v MGN ([2004] AC 457).  The full report is available here [pdf]. Read the rest of this entry »





It came from CyberSpace: Defamation Law and the Internet – Judith Gibson

26 09 2014

gazetteIn an important new paper, the New South Wales District Court’s Defamation List Judge Judith Gibson looks at the case law on defamation and the internet, from both the plaintiff and defendant points of view.  The paper was given at the NSW State Legal Conference on Thursday 28 August 2014. Read the rest of this entry »








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