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Trial reports    December 1, 2005  
Gregory Hodge v TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd & Nine Network Australia Pty Ltd

The second leg of former Olympic swimming coach Greg Hodge’s defamation action against Channel Nine opened yesterday with Stuart Littlemore, for the plaintiff, decrying “the worst excesses of tabloid journalism”. ... more

Trial reports    November 30, 2005  
Arthur Dent v Macquarie Radio Network Pty Ltd

The trial of Arthur Dent’s defamation action against 2GB proceeded under the wry eye of Justice Virginia Bell. The court heard some extraordinary testimony from the former skydiver ... more

Trial reports    November 22, 2005  
Mark McGaw v Channel Seven Sydney Pty Ltd

The second week of football legend Mark McGaw’s trial has heard graphic evidence from Louise Boucheron, who said she had been his girlfriend and that “Sparkles” viciously assaulted her on several occasions ... more

Trial reports    November 15, 2005  
Gregory Hodge v TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd & Nine Network Australia Pty Ltd

The third week of Greg Hodge’s defamation trial has been characterised by “great antipathy” towards Channel Nine’s key truth witness. Acting Justice Smart considered aborting the hearing after “nasty” cross-examination by Stuart Littlemore ... more

Trial reports    November 14, 2005  
Gregory Hodge v TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd & Nine Network Australia Pty Ltd

The second week of former Olympic swimming coach Greg Hodge’s defamation action against Channel Nine saw aggressive cross-examination from both sides as well as torrid exchanges between counsel ... more

Trial reports    November 12, 2005  
Maurice Kriss v John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd

The second leg of bankrupt barrister Maurice Kriss’ action against Fairfax opened with Justice Michael Adams calling The Sydney Morning Herald’s campaign against bankrupt barristers “unjustified”. Blackburn calls for a disqualification ... more

Trial reports    November 2, 2005  
Leonard Ainsworth v Leslie Burden

Supreme Court jury finds for the defendant in pokie king Len Ainsworth’s 10-year defamation battle against a former NSW police commander. The defamatory letter was unlikely to cause the plaintiff harm ... more

Trial reports    October 25, 2005  
Ainsworth v Burden

First week of pokie entrepreneur Len Ainsworth’s all-issues jury trial revealed a web of connections between NSW police, politicians and lawyers. Plenty of bar table biffo from old adversaries Evatt and Stitt ... more

Trial reports    June 26, 2005  
John Zunter v John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd

The Sydney Morning Herald says its news report about a Shoalhaven bushfire was reasonable despite an interview being conducted by a photographer, not a journalist ... more

Trial reports    June 14, 2005  
Ross Tucker v Echo Publications Pty Ltd and Fast Buck$

Part Three – Second leg trial of NSW north coast newspaper stoush continues. The Byron Shire Echo accused The Saturday Star of underpaying an employee. A co-proprietor of the Star claims financial hardship ... more

Trial reports    June 1, 2005  
Zunter and John Fairfax Publications v State of NSW

Latest developments. Cross-claim by Fairfax and plaintiff against the State of NSW settled following discharge of the jury. The Sydney Morning Herald sought contribution because it republished defamatory information authoried by a State government firefighter ... more

Trial reports    May 30, 2005  
Ross Tucker v Echo Publications Pty Ltd and Fast Buck$

Part Two – NSW Supreme Court trial of defences and damages. The Byron Bay newspaper wars continue as Ross Tucker proprietor of The Saturday Star comes under pressure from counsel for The Byron Shire Echo ... more

Trial reports    May 25, 2005  
Ross Tucker v Echo Publications Pty Ltd and Fast Buck$

Part One – Conservative newspaper publisher in Byron Shire sues the Echo (now part of Eric Beecher’s stable) over “advertisement” by Fast Buck$ ... more

Trial reports    April 15, 2005  
Ainsworth v Burden

Trial aborted after two weeks of legal argument. One of the last remaining old system full jury defamation trials in NSW will have to start again after three jury discharges and the late withdrawal of the truth defence. The Court of Appeal needs more time to consider the admissibility of evidence ... more