Interlocutory/Case-Management    February 23, 2024

Al Muderis v Nine Network Australia Pty Limited (No 2)

Federal Court ... Justice Wendy Abraham rules against high profile surgeon Munjed Al Muderis over subpoenas ... Subpoenas apparently directed to confidential sources ... Follows earlier ruling protecting confidentiality of sources ... Subpoenas an abuse of process ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Interlocutory/Case-Management    February 23, 2024

Archbishop Makarios Griniezakis v Morelas

Federal Court ... Greek Orthodox Archbishop Makarios Griniezakis is suing publisher of online Greek news outlet ... Resists bid to transfer proceedings to Melbourne ... Balance of convenience ... Publisher now self represented ... Case management ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Interlocutory/Case-Management    February 23, 2024

Munjed Al Muderis v Nine Network Australia Pty Ltd & Ors

Federal Court ... Case management in proceedings brought by high profile surgeon Munjed Al Muderis against Nine ... Notice sought of witnesses to be called ... "Prime source" said to be in Nevada jail ... Documents sought ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Dossier    February 22, 2024

Around the courts

NSW District Court ... Leave to serve medico-legal report denied ... Served without orders being made ... Question over claim for physical injury ... Victorian County Court ... Bangladeshi-Australian Facebook page administrator denied indemnity costs ... Followed refusal of leave to commence proceedings over concerns notice deficiency ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Costs    February 20, 2024

Lehrmann v Network Ten Pty Limited (Cross-claims)

Federal Court ... Justice Michael Lee hears cross-claims on whether Network Ten is liable for Lisa Wilkinson's costs in defending defamation action brought by Bruce Lehrmann ... "I told you so": Cross-claims overlap with defamation proceeding ... Plain that Wilkinson was within her rights to seek separate representation ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Dossier    February 20, 2024

London case roundup

Daily Mirror successfully defeats Sir James Dyson's libel case with honest opinion ... The newspaper's attack relied on "related facts" in the public domain - Right-wing activist sued for a Twitter "paedophile" attack after he was called a "racist" ... Reply to attack not a licence to defame ... Lachaux inferences - Prince Harry gets indemnity costs for his claim against Mirror Newspapers ... Piers Morgan explodes - Floyd Alexander-Hunt reports ... more

 

Damages    February 20, 2024

Greiss v Seven Network (Operations) Limited (No 2)

Federal Court ... Sydney man awarded $37,940 in damages and interest over Facebook post reporting he spat "at" rape complainant ... Justification defence fails ... Contextual truth defence succeeds in respect of news item and tweet ... Honest opinion succeeds in respect of tweet ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Dossier    February 17, 2024

Around the courts

Federal Court ... Impecunious respondent ordered to pay $50,000 in security for appeal costs ... Follows award of damages of $50,000, interest and costs ... Stay refused ... NSW Supreme Court ... Inmate referred to registrar for pro bono assistance ... Claim involves alleged breach of non-publication orders ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Appeals    February 17, 2024

Whittington v Newman

NSW Court of Appeal ... Child rescue specialist fails to obtain leave to appeal ... Challenge on procedural fairness grounds ... Concerns notice served after decision on draft statement of claim reserved ... Serious harm element can be inferred ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 


Journalism    February 15, 2024

AI’s impact on journalism

Artificial intelligence won't put public interest journalists out of business, for now ... AI's impact on media advertising revenue ... Copyright and impediments to accessing data and news archives ... Ariana Haghighi reports ... more