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Interlocutory Articles from 2017
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Interlocutory    July 14, 2017  
Christopher Murphy v Nationwide News & Annette Sharp (No 2)

Fallout from the bitter dispute between “celebrity accountant” Anthony Bell and his estranged wife continues in the Federal Court … Bell’s lawyer succeeds in maintaining all his pleaded imputations for a Sunday Telegraph opinion piece and in striking out the defence of contextual truth ... more

Interlocutory    June 27, 2017  
Amy Arman v Nationwide News Limited

“Dole bludger” teenager fails to have defence of consent struck out … Another of Dr Ratna Ghosh’s defamation proceedings dismissed … Man being sued by Capilano Honey referred to pro bono legal assistance … Alleged cult leader’s trial limited to three weeks ... more

Interlocutory    June 15, 2017  
Vexatious litigant's action against 30 defendants dismissed

A man who the NSW Court of Appeal declared a vexatious litigant has defamation proceedings against 30 defendants summarily dismissed … NSW Supreme Court Justice Lucy McCallum characterises his case as “manifestly hopeless” and declares herself “not a Christian” ... more

Interlocutory    May 15, 2017  
David Otto v Gold Coast Publications Pty Ltd & Anor

A recent interlocutory judgment has highlighted the “artificiality” of defamation law treating the same articles published both online and in print as multiple and distinct publications in a converged media environment … Daniel Ahern reports ... more

Interlocutory    April 4, 2017  
George Defteros v Google Inc & Anor

Google Australia has once again had a case against it dismissed on the basis that it is not liable as a publisher … Melbourne criminal lawyer’s defamation action against US parent company Google Inc to continue … Seb Tonkin reports ... more

Interlocutory    March 21, 2017  
Dennis Jensen v Nationwide News & Andrew Burrell

Journalist for The Australian survives strikeout application brought by former Liberal Party candidate Dennis Jensen … Defamation claim and cross-claim set to be hard fought battle in WA Supreme Court … Carmel Galati reports ... more

Interlocutory    February 28, 2017  
Simone Farrow v Nationwide News Pty Ltd

Former Penthouse Pet and convicted drug smuggler loses bid to sue The Daily Telegraph in defamation … NSW District Court Judge Judith Gibson dismisses the application on two grounds – both amount to an abuse of process ... more

Interlocutory    February 10, 2017  
Denis Wagner & Ors v Harbour Radio Pty Ltd & Ors

QLD Supreme Court makes several important rulings in the defamation case brought by Toowoomba businessmen the Wagners against 2GB, Alan Jones, 4BC and journalist Nick Cater … Truth defence to counter the findings of two commissions of inquiry “fundamentally defective” ... more