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Privilege    December 6, 2012  
Tony Papaconstuntinos v Peter Holmes a Court

Former union man Tony Papaconstuntinos loses long-running action against businessman Peter Holmes a Court … High Court majority decision confirms that common law qualified privilege protects defamatory statements made without a “pressing need” ... more

Privilege    October 7, 2012  
Harbour Radio Pty Ltd v Keysar Trad

Mixed result … High Court finds radio station 2GB was protected by “reply-to-attack” qualified privilege when it defamed Muslim community spokesman Keysar Trad … Truth and contextual truth go back to the NSW Court of Appeal ... more

Privilege    July 18, 2012  
James Ashby v Commonwealth of Australia & Peter Slipper

First real test of new journalists’ shield laws … Federal Court Justice Steven Rares upholds bid by News Ltd journalist Steve Lewis to protect the source of a story alleging House of Reps Speaker Peter Slipper sexually harassed a male staffer ... more

Privilege    July 10, 2012  
Ian Cunliffe v Patrick Woods

Lawyers at loggerheads … Victorian Supreme Court dismisses defamation action brought over letter questioning a sworn affidavit … Absolute and qualified privilege – statutory and common law – save the day ... more

Privilege    May 31, 2012  
David Marshall & Richard Tory v Michael Megna & Russell Lloyd

The defence of qualified privilege is once again the subject of appeal – this time in a case involving a torrent of “vitriolic” newsletters … Appellant’s barrister argues for a “defamation-free zone” as President Allsop bridles at bulldog clips ... more