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Section 7A Articles from 2003
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Section 7A    December 1, 2003  
Roland Bleyer v TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd

“Conman” only successful on the single imputation conceded by Channel Nine as arising from report by David Margan (left) on A Current Affair ... more

Section 7A    November 28, 2003  
Packer v John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd

Jury majority turns down Kerry Packer’s claim against The Sydney Morning Herald. “Insatiable greed for riches” and “megalomaniac” did not arise from Stay in Touch spoof ... more

Section 7A    November 26, 2003  
Kerryn Phelps v Nationwide News Pty Ltd & Piers Akerman

Dr Kerryn Phelps gets three imputations up in relation to Piers Akerman’s “bagging” in The Sunday Telegraph. Two quite grave meanings fail to get past the jury ... more

Section 7A    November 21, 2003  
Gregory Hodge v TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd

“Frenzy of infecting material” will not prejudice jury in early hearing of Olympic Swimming director’s defamation trial against A Current Affair ... more

Section 7A    November 8, 2003  
Robert Kelly v John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd

NSW jury finds that an imputation of homosexuality is not defamatory, nor is one relating to exhibitionism. Otherwise, a Sun-Herald story about a promotional stunt for the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras defames former partner of Gadens ... more

Section 7A    November 4, 2003  
Geoff Hill v Mark Westfield & Nationwide News Pty Ltd

Jury finds that investment banker and company director Geoff Hill was not defamed by Mark Westfield in The Australian ... more

Section 7A    November 4, 2003  
Kevin Waters v John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd

Big tow truck operator gets his “corrupt, collusive, intimidating” imputations up against Darren Goodsir’s investigation in The Sydney Morning Herald ... more

Section 7A    October 24, 2003  
Abe Saffron v John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd

Abe Saffron fails in “Mr Sin” case against The Sydney Morning Herald. Jury unmoved by Clive Evatt’s analogy to Eugene Onegin ... more

Section 7A    October 24, 2003  
Edward Obeid v John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd

Justice Levine discharges jury in Eddie Obeid MP defamation action after counsel for The Sydney Morning Herald made a few excessive rhetorical flourishes ... more

Section 7A    October 21, 2003  
National Telecoms Group v John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd

Telco formerly chaired by Jeff Kennett defamed by Financial Review article on accounting standards ... more

Section 7A    September 15, 2003  
Websters Australia Pty Ltd v Nationwide News Pty Ltd

Private detective agency succeeds with all four imputations over The Australian’s story on phoney university degrees ... more

Section 7A    July 9, 2003  
To Ha Huynh v John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd

Jury finds plaintiff defamed by assertion that he attended a party thrown inside Long Bay jail by the political assassin Phuong Ngo. Sydney Morning Herald articles by Miranda Devine and Stephen Gibbs ... more

Section 7A    July 3, 2003  
Loo v Regional Publishers Pty Ltd

Moree pharmacist who owns the only two chemist shops in town succeeds with most of his imputations in case against newspaper attack on price and service ... more

Section 7A    July 1, 2003  
Ronald Michael Loo v Regional Publishers Pty Ltd

A NSW Supreme Court section 7A jury on Wednesday (July 2) took just over an hour to find that Moree chemist Ronald Loo was defamed by three articles and a poster published by Regional Publishers Pty Ltd in August last year. ... more

Section 7A    May 30, 2003  
Griffith v ABC

Jury finds only one imputation for “prophet” Jeremy Griffith and two for Everest climber Tim Macartney-Snape. Twenty-one of the total 24 imputations pleased by nine plaintiffs failed in hard fought case against Four Corners and ABC radio ... more

Section 7A    April 30, 2003  
Ricketts v Amalgamated Television Services Pty Ltd

Clean sweep against Today Tonight for “callous, parasitic” mother in District Court s.7A trial ... more

Section 7A    April 22, 2003  
Dawson v ACP Publishing Pty Ltd

Jury finds all five imputations from Woman’s Day article defamatory of celebrity Charlotte Dawson. Justice Levine decries the artificiality of the ordinary reasonable reader test ... more

Section 7A    April 18, 2003  
Lola Scott v Alan Jones and Radio 2UE Sydney Pty Ltd

Former senior NSW policewoman defamed by Alan Jones and 2UE in lengthy “editorial” and “interview” ... more

Section 7A    April 10, 2003  
Justelius v Michael Southern & Associates Pty Ltd & Ors
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Section 7A    April 9, 2003  
Jamoo v Nationwide News Pty Ltd
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Section 7A    February 11, 2003  
Maitland & CFMEU v Nationwide News Pty Ltd

Section 7A . Jury gives 11-nil verdict in favour of Piers Akerman’s union bashing column in The Daily Telegraph ... more