Costs    June 21, 2024

Gina Edwards v Nine Network Australia Pty Ltd & Ors

Federal Court ... Sydney barrister awarded partial indemnity costs ... Found to be defamed by A Current Affair stories alleging she had stolen celebrity cavoodle ... Justice Michael Wigney rejects respondents' claims of disentitling conduct ... Awards indemnity costs from time of offer of compromise ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Journalism    June 20, 2024

Investigative journalism

Feature ... A journalist's connection with the Plutus fraud ... A dupe or a willing participant in blackmail ... Dark arts ... The outer edges of journalism ... Inferences from the AFP intercepts ... Case report from Richard Ackland ... more

 

Seminars, interviews & commentary    June 20, 2024

Is the game worth the candle?

Greenwich v Latham ... Another case in the manner of Palmer v McGowan or Berkoff v Burchill ... Political protagonists using the courts to resolve differences ... Disproportionate use of time and expense ... More akin to sex discrimination than defamation ... Graham Hryce comments ... more

 

Appeals    June 19, 2024

Seven Network (Operations) Limited & Anor v Mina Greiss

Federal Court ... Seven Network and its Sydney courts reporter Leonie Ryan are appealing award of damages to Mina Greiss ... No distinction between "spat at" and "spat towards" ... Issue with costs ... Greiss has filed a cross-appeal saying errors in finding he stared at rape complainant and was angry ... Seeks re-assessment of damages ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Appeals    June 19, 2024

Bruce Lehrmann v Network Ten Pty Limited & Anor

Federal Court ... Lisa Wilkinson files notice of contention in appeal brought by former Liberal staffer Bruce Lehrmann ... Wilkinson takes issue with rejection of her qualified privilege defence ... Takes issue with findings critical of her conduct in getting the broadcast to air ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Interlocutory/Case-Management    June 12, 2024

Staged Plus Pty Ltd & Ors v Yummi Fruit Ice-Creamery Pty Ltd & Ors

Queensland District Court ... Ice cream van owners sue over 13 publications on social media in wake of purchase of another ice cream business ... Not necessary to provide particulars of serious harm with precision of pleading ... Sufficient to plead identified harm ... Failure to plead financial loss for corporation ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Seminars, interviews & commentary    June 10, 2024

The omnishambles continues

Lehrmann appeals ... Flawed interpretation of the word "rape" ... Abstract and ambiguous imputation ... It would never happen in Justice David Hunt's day ... Miscarriage ... Difficulties ahead for an unrepresented appellant ... Graham Hryce comments ... more

 

Truth    June 9, 2024

Prouten v Buxton

NSW District Court ... Woman who brandished stick at cyclists loses defamation action ... Labelled a "vigilante" in Facebook post ... Issues of identification, defamatory meaning and publication ... Defences of justification and honest opinion made out ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Trial reports    June 6, 2024

Munjed Al Muderis v Nine Network Australia Pty Ltd & Ors

Federal Court ... Closing submissions wrap up in proceedings brought by high profile surgeon Munjed Al Muderis ... Sue Chrysanthou SC describes reporting of one patient as "patently false" ... Misrepresentation to rely on cohort of unhappy patients ... Condemns destruction of communication with sources ... Decision reserved ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Social Media    June 5, 2024

eSafety Commissioner v X Corp

Federal Court … eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant withdraws Federal Court proceedings against X Corp … Sought to enforce removal notice of posts featuring knife attack on Assyrian bishop … Will consolidate merits review in AAT … Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports … more

 

Trial reports    June 4, 2024

Munjed Al Muderis v Nine Network Australia Pty Ltd & Ors

Federal Court ... Closing submissions in proceedings brought by surgeon Dr Munjed Al Muderis against Nine Network, three journalists ... Sue Chrysanthou SC commences closing submissions for Al Muderis ... Portrayed as "some sort of Dr Frankenstein" ... Series of medical negligence case ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Trial reports    June 4, 2024

Alex Greenwich v Mark Latham

Federal Court ... Written submissions made on behalf of Upper House MP Mark Latham in proceedings brought by independent MP Alex Greenwich ... Counsel submit that vulgar tweet would not cause ordinary reasonable person to think less of Greenwich ... Statements were valid replies to attack ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more