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Damages    December 20, 2013  
Aleksandra & Ljiljana Gacic & Branislav Ciric v John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd & Matthew Evans

Critics beware … Ten years after a “pungent” restaurant review, Fairfax is ordered to pay three former restaurateurs $160,000 apiece in damages … Continued publication of the review online adds aggravation ... more

Damages    December 19, 2013  
Kim Ahmed v Harbour Radio Pty Ltd & Ray Hadley

The wife of a convicted child sex offender is awarded damages of $280,000 for “an unbridled tirade” by 2GB’s Ray Hadley, in which he called her “a grub” and a “silly woman”, among other things ... more

Damages    September 5, 2013  
Damages awards under the uniform Defamation Act

There have been 58 damages awards under the uniform Defamation Act 2005 … This table and commentary – prepared by NSW District Court Judge Judith Gibson for LexisNexis – lists all of them ... more

Damages    July 16, 2013  
Bryan McMahon v John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd, Marcus Priest & Rachel Nickless

A Sydney solicitor who was bankrupt when he was defamed by The Australian Financial Review, gets damages of $300,000 … Justice Lucy McCallum dismisses his special damages claim for over $2 million ... more

Damages    May 30, 2013  
Kevin Perkins v Floradale Productions Ltd & Ors

Bill Waterhouse’s biographer awarded damages of $25,000 over defamation in Underbelly book … NSW District Court judge Stephen Walmlsey finds the plaintiff’s evidence uncontradicted … more

Damages    May 29, 2013  
David Jeffrey & Thomas Curnow v Virginia Giles

Self-represented defendant who posted defamatory material on a website she created after a loss in the VCAT, loses case in Victorian Supreme Court … Modest damages ensue ... more

Damages    March 26, 2013  
George Bushara v Nobananas Pty Ltd & Warren Bates

Business competitors’ stoush ends in damages of $37,500 for defamatory website postings which appeared online for two months … Self-represented plaintiff wins against experienced barristers ... more

Damages    March 20, 2013  
Shane Roberts v Trevor Prendergast

Queensland Court of Appeal dismisses an appeal over $50,000 award for “grapevine effect” of defamatory statements uttered to three people … Court unanimously rejects $1 damages submission ... more

Damages    February 20, 2013  
Jim Belbin & Ors v Lower Murray Urban and Rural Water Corporation

“Grapevine effect” increases damages in defamation case in Supreme Court of Victoria … Republication of minister’s letter defames four trust board directors by alleging illegal investment of government funds in US sub-prime mortgages ... more

Damages    January 28, 2013  
Philip Gluyas v John Best Junior

Internet defamation case involving Asperger’s and autism nets “seriously defamed” plaintiff $50,000 in the Supreme Court of Victoria … No show by USA blogger ... more