Case Law, Australia: Milne v Ell, Tweed Shire Mayor gets revenge threefold – Justin Castelan

21 06 2017

Property developer, William Robert Ell sued Tweed Shire Councillor, Katie Milne in defamation in 2014. He sued over a letter to the editor which Ms Milne had written about a contentious building development conducted by Mr Ell. While Mr Ell did not attend the trial, he won the case and was awarded damages of $15,000 plus costs. The decision was handed down on 7 March 2014. Read the rest of this entry »





News: German Court orders Google not to link to Lumen database showing takedown order

18 06 2017

A German Court has ordered Google not to link to the Lumen (formerly known as “Chilling Effects”) database after it had taken down defamatory content as a result of an earlier Court order. Read the rest of this entry »





The year in Australian media law – Peter Bartlett and Sam White

17 06 2017

Defamation law in urgent need of reform, mainstream media actions on the up, social media actions become a trend, suppression orders continue unabated, journalist shield laws appear to be working … Media lawyers Peter Bartlett and Sam White look at the past year Read the rest of this entry »





New Zealand defamation law: half-year update – Ali Romanos

9 06 2017

As New Zealand enters (what we’ll call) the Chilly Winter Term, it is timely to observe some important judgments released recently. Developments have mainly favoured defendants.  Read the rest of this entry »





Judicial Statistics, 2016: Issued defamation claims down by 17%, lowest recorded number in modern times

6 06 2017

The most recent annual Judicial Statistics – those for 2016 – show a further small decline in the number of issued defamation claims.  These are by down by 17% on 2015.  In 2015 there were 112 issued defamation claims in London (where the large majority of claims are made) as opposed to 135 in 2015 (and 227 in 2014). Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Australia: Defteros v Google Inc, Melbourne defamation lawyer loses to Google – Justin Castelan

14 05 2017

Google Australia Pty Ltd – it looks like Google, smells like Google and it very much tries to act like it is not Google. For several years there have been several people who have all tried to sue Google Australia or Google New Zealand or Google UK, perhaps trying to get a local defendant when it is Google Incin America that produces the search results which they complain about. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Mexican Attorney Aurora Pierdant receives apology and libel damages from the Guardian – Persephone Bridgman Baker

10 05 2017

A Statement in Open Court [pdf] has been read on behalf of Ms Aurora Pierdant, an experienced lawyer practising in Mexico, who alongside her brother, Ricardo Pierdant, received a public apology, libel damages and costs after an inaccurate and defamatory article was published in the Guardian on 9 August 2016. Read the rest of this entry »