Trial reports    April 10, 2024

Munjed Al Muderis v Nine Network Australia Pty Ltd & Ors

Federal Court ... Retired plastic surgeon John Anstee gives evidence in defamation proceedings brought by Munjed Al Muderis ... Appeared on 60 Minutes and featured in articles ... Initially wary of cooperating on an "uncritical eulogy" ... Finds payment of agent "appalling" ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Trial reports    April 10, 2024

Bruce Lehrmann v Network Ten Pty Limited & Anor

Federal Court ... Brittany Higgins makes submissions on attacks on her credit ... Points to statement in master chronology prepared for Bruce Lehrmann of the possibility she was drugged on the evening she alleges she was raped ... Rejects attacks on credits and points to trauma ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Trial reports    April 5, 2024

Bruce Lehrmann v Network Ten Pty Limited & Anor

Federal Court ... Court hears evidence of Bruce Lehrmann's media advisor negotiating key aspects of Lehrmann's deal with Seven ... Closing submissions on evidence from Taylor Auerbach ... Harman undertaking breach neither trifling nor exusable ... Lehrmann's senior counsel downplays consequences of evidence ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Seminars, interviews & commentary    April 5, 2024

An investigative journalist and her first thriller

Prominent journalist Louise Milligan talks to the Gazette ... On fiction, fact, and everything in between ... Standing up for the ABC ... Success of Four Corners ... Defamation law ... Qualities required for a good reporter ... more

 

Appeals    April 4, 2024

Howe v Zuchowski

Victorian Court of Appeal ... Local councillor has damages awarded against him reduced to $70,000 after appeal ... Manifestly excessive ... Fails on other grounds of appeal ... He loses cross-appeal after Court of Appeal finds qualified privilege defences made out ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Trial reports    April 4, 2024

Bruce Lehrmann v Network Ten Pty Limited & Anor

Federal Court ... Fresh evidence in defamation proceedings brought by Bruce Lehrmann against Network Ten and Lisa Wilkinson ... Follows affidavits from former Spotlight producer ... Seven produces material in response to re-listed subpoenas ... Taylor Auerbach tells of Seven picking up tab for drugs and sex workers ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Trial reports    April 3, 2024

Bruce Lehrmann v Network Ten Pty Limited & Anor

Federal Court ... Seven Network's conduct in securing Bruce Lehrmann's participation in exclusive interviews in the spotlight ... Allegations from former Spotlight producer amounting to breach of Harman obligations ... Allegations documents were destroyed around time of broadcast ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Interlocutory/Case-Management    April 2, 2024

Bruce Lehrmann v Network Ten Pty Limited & Anor

Federal Court ... Justice Michael Lee accedes to Network Ten's application to re-open Lehrmann proceedings to hear fresh evidence ... Evidence concerns provision of material from criminal trial to Seven Network in alleged breach of Harman undertakings ... Claims of abuse of process and contempt of court ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Interlocutory/Case-Management    March 31, 2024

Bruce Lehrmann v Network Ten Pty Limited & Anor

Federal Court ... Network Ten seeks to reopen Lehrmann proceedings days before Justice Lee is scheduled to deliver judgment ... Broadcaster seeks to adduce fresh evidence ... Comes in wake of controversial appointment of former Seven producer to be media adviser to NSW Police Commissioner ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 


Suppression    March 27, 2024

Commonwealth of Australia v De Pyle

Federal Court ... ABC loses fight over suppression orders sought by Commonwealth ...  Complaint to Human Rights Commission not available to public without leave ... Suppression warranted on national security grounds ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Dossier    March 27, 2024

Around the courts

County Court of Victoria ... Melbourne GP recovers costs on indemnity basis and on County Court scale ... Federal Court ... Peter FitzSimons seeks costs from Bruce Lehrmann for complying with subpoena ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more