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Trial reports    August 7, 2017  
Rebel Wilson v Bauer Media Pty Ltd and Anor

All-female jury of six finds eight articles published by Bauer Media defamatory of Hollywood actress Rebel Wilson … Truth, qualified privilege and triviality defences all fail … Malice found in relation to Australian Women’s Weekly online article … Sanjay Schrapel reviews the case in this comprehensive trial report ... more

Trial reports    July 12, 2017  
Rabbi Yosef Feldman v Polaris Media Pty Ltd (t/as The Australian Jewish News)

The point at which defamation law, criminal law and Jewish law meet features in the trial of an orthodox rabbi’s proceedings against The Australian Jewish News ... The first of Rabbi Yosef Feldman’s many defamation actions kicks off in the NSW Supreme Court ... more

Trial reports    June 19, 2017  
Sunil Pahuja v TCN Channel Nine Pty Limited & Ors

NSW Supreme Court jury finds A Current Affair defamed a man it secretly filmed in conversation with a Sydney migration agent … Big blow to Nine after Justice Lucy McCallum removes the truth defence from the jury for the bulk of the imputations pleaded ... more

Trial reports    June 7, 2017  
Sunil Pahuja v TCN Channel Nine Pty Limited & Ors

The truth of a plaintiff’s testimony that he was really lying when he was secretly recorded by A Current Affair is at the centre of a defamation trial underway in the NSW Supreme Court … “Dodgy” migration agents, their “fixers” and tens of thousands of dollars for a 457 visa feature ... more

Trial reports    April 3, 2017  
Lili Chel v Fairfax Media & Vanda Carson

Lili Chel’s damages hearing against Fairfax Media reveals she wants in excess of $200,000 – including damages for aggravation – because she was “attacked” personally … Fairfax thinks she deserves more like $5000 ... more

Trial reports    February 27, 2017  
Lili Chel v Fairfax Media & Vanda Carson

A NSW Supreme Court jury rejects Fairfax Media’s contextual truth defence after Justice Robert Beech-Jones allows the defendant to “plead back” two imputations the jury found to be true … Damages hearing to follow ... more

Trial reports    February 23, 2017  
Lili Chel v Fairfax Media & Vanda Carson

Fair report defence rejected by NSW Supreme Court jury in mixed result for Fairfax and the former owner of a Kings Cross nightclub … Jury still to decide the contextual truth defence ... more

Trial reports    February 15, 2017  
Lili Chel v Fairfax Media & Vanda Carson

Former and current police officers give evidence that “outlaw motorcycle gang” members frequented Lili Chel’s infamous Kings Cross nightclub, The Rouge … Another man graphically describes being “glassed” there … NSW Supreme Court jury to decide if a Sun-Herald court report was fair and true ... more

Trial reports    February 13, 2017  
Lili Chel v Fairfax Media & Vanda Carson

The defamation trial brought against Fairfax by a former Kings Cross nightclub owner gets stranger … A policeman claims his drink was spiked at her premises and one of her character witnesses turns out to be a one-time member of the National Socialist Party of Australia … Naaman Zhou reports ... more

Trial reports    February 7, 2017  
Lili Chel v Fairfax Media & Vanda Carson

Second trial of former Kings Cross nightclub owner’s action against Fairfax Media gets off to a sleazy start … NSW Supreme Court jury watches an hour of porn in the interests of truth, contextual truth and fair report … The plaintiff explains her definition of “onstage sex” ... more