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Damages    December 17, 2004  
Erglis v Buckley (No 2)

After a four week defamation trial, a Brisbane jury awards “whistleblower” nurse $15,000. Scope of parliamentary privilege still to be determined ... more

Damages    December 15, 2004  
Thompson v Robinson

“Sugar” Ray Robinson ordered to pay damages of $70,000 over his accusation that the husband of an ATSIC commissioner “had done 10 years for rape” ... more

Damages    December 7, 2004  
Thompson v Robinson

“Sugar’s” truth defence struck out. “Sonny” awarded $70,000 … more

Damages    December 3, 2004  
Erglis v Buckley

Republication of defamation in parliament can add to damages in court … more

Damages    November 24, 2004  
Rowan v Cornwall & Ors
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Damages    October 29, 2004  
El Azzi v Nationwide News Pty Ltd

William El Azzi, a former policeman currently in prison after being found guilty of conspiring to manufacture drugs, has been partially successful in his 11-year old defamation action against Nationwide News.

In one of the last pre-s.7A all-issues jury trials, a NSW Supreme Court jury of three men and a woman found that El Azzi had been defamed in an article published in the The Daily Telegraph Mirror on May 22, 1991. ... more

Damages    October 29, 2004  
William El Azzi v Nationwide News Pty Ltd

In one of the last (old) full-jury defamation trials in NSW extensive “bad reputation” evidence did not prevent a jailed ex-copper being awarded damages of $5,000 for an old Telegraph Mirror article by Miranda Devine ... more

Damages    October 29, 2004  
Richard Sleeman v Nationwide News Pty Ltd

After lengthy consideration Justice Levine decides The Australian has failed to justify Amanda Meade’s attack on “dishonest” journalist’s article about Ian Thorpe in Good Weekend ... more

Damages    October 19, 2004  
Clover Bond Pty Ltd v Carroll
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Damages    October 15, 2004  
Sleeman v Nationwide News

Sports journalist, Richard Sleeman, has been awarded $400,000 damages (plus almost $35,000 interest) over an item written by media columnist Amanda Meade (right), in The Australian.

According to Sleeman, Meade’s item said that he was a dishonest journalist and had deliberately given the false impression that he had had a recent, in-depth interview with swimming star, Ian Thorpe.

Giving judgment for Sleeman, Justice Levine found that Nationwide News’ pleaded defences of comment, justification and contextual truth all failed. ... more

Damages    September 30, 2004  
Kannegieter v Hair Testing Laboratory Pty Ltd

Whitlam J in Federal Court awards damages of $125,000 for misleading and deseptive conduct and defamation arising from claims in horse magazines attributed to a veterinary surgeon ... more

Damages    September 20, 2004  
Konstantinidis v Foreign Media Pty Limited & Ors
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Damages    July 7, 2004  
Nagle v John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd

Former NSW Labor backbencher Peter Nagle awarded $90,000 damages as The Sun-Herald’s main witness in corruption allegation found to be without credit ... more

Damages    June 29, 2004  
Jamoo v Nationwide News Pty Ltd

Justice Nicholas awards damages of $75,000 to former associate of Karl Suleman. The Daily Telegraph offers no defence ... more

Damages    June 25, 2004  
ACP Publishing Pty Ltd v John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd
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Damages    June 25, 2004  
ACP Publishing Pty Ltd v John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd & Fred Hilmer
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Damages    June 25, 2004  
TCN Channel Nine v John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd & Fred Hilmer
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Damages    May 21, 2004  
Kannegieter v Hair Testing Laboratory Pty Ltd

Federal Court awards damages of $125,000 for false claims of vet endorsement in horsy magazines … more

Damages    April 24, 2004  
Gutnick v Dow Jones & Co

Bongiorno’s narrow interpretation of the High Court’s approach to qualified privilege … more

Damages    April 23, 2004  
Stephens v Vass
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Damages    March 25, 2004  
Jamoo v Nationwide News Pty Limited

The Daily Telegraph offers no defence – Suleman associate awarded $75,000 in defamation damages … more

Damages    March 16, 2004  
O'Shane v John Fairfax Publications Pty Limited

Confusion of fact and opinion in Albrechtsen’s commentary. Damages of $220,000 despite O’Shane’s shaky evidence … more

Damages    February 14, 2004  
Markovic v White

Damages of $233,000 awarded to Clayton Utz partner over e-mail defamation. Dispute about who should pay for a gift to “Mrs Turnbull” ... more

Damages    February 11, 2004  
Markovic v White

Gift to “Mrs Turnbull” gives rise to e-mail defamation of Clutz partner … more