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Trial reports    November 23, 2017  
Mouhammad Tabbaa and Pamela Tabbaa v Nine Network Australia Pty Ltd

Credibility at the centre of another big defamation trial, this one brought by an estranged husband and wife over a 60 Minutes broadcast, a news report and website feedback … Nine pleads truth and honest opinion for claims the plaintiffs abducted their daughter, beat her and forced her to live in Syria for five years ... more

Trial reports    October 30, 2017  
Christopher Gayle v The Age Company Pty Limited & Ors

NSW Supreme Court jury finds it untrue that international cricketer Chris Gayle intentionally exposed himself to a team massage therapist and indecently propositioned her in 2015 … Massive loss for three Fairfax companies as the jury also finds they published the story maliciously ... more

Trial reports    October 25, 2017  
Christopher Gayle v The Age Company Pty Limited & Ors

The treatment of women in (and around) sport gets an airing in the NSW Supreme Court … Fairfax’s chief witness testifies as to the truth of her allegation against cricketer Chris Gayle … His barrister claims it was all a conspiracy to oust his client from the West Indies team ... more

Trial reports    October 24, 2017  
Christopher Gayle v The Age Company Pty Limited & Ors

A difficult day for both sides … Chris Gayle’s only witness is skewered by his own text message and The Age sports editor comes under intense scrutiny over her steps to verify a story… Witness credit, journalistic practice and what stacks up feature on day two ... more

Trial reports    October 23, 2017  
Christopher Gayle v The Age Company Pty Limited & Ors

West Indies star cricketer Chris Gayle says an alleged genital exposure incident “never happened” and he did “nothing wrong” in the infamous Mel McLaughlin interview … Fairfax pleads truth and statutory qualified privilege over ten publications … Gayle’s counsel argues that a judge, not a jury, should decide reasonableness ... more

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