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Trial reports    December 21, 2009  
Abdullah Ahmadi v Fairfax Media Publications Pty Ltd

A NSW Supreme Court jury delivers a mixed verdict for Fairfax Media and Granville businessman Abdullah Ahmadi. It’s true he’s an extortionist, but not true he’s a people smuggler ... more

Trial reports    December 15, 2009  
Abdullah Ahmadi v Fairfax Media Publications Pty Ltd

A case of the facts obscuring the truth? Confusion reigns as a NSW Supreme Court jury is asked to decide between two equally curly versions of events – one given by an alleged people smuggler and the other given by the man he allegedly saved ... more

Trial reports    December 10, 2009  
Abdullah Ahmadi v Fairfax Media Publications Pty Ltd

Identity and identification at issue as Afghani-born businessman Abdullah Ahmadi tells a NSW Supreme Court jury he is the “Mr X” in a 2007 Sydney Morning Herald article, but he’s definitely not a people smuggler or an extortionist ... more

Trial reports    December 2, 2009  
Peter Haertsch v TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd

Sydney plastic and cosmetic surgeon Dr Peter Haertsch wins his hard-fought defamation action against Channel Nine’s A Current Affair. The jury finds all of the imputations he pleaded conveyed – and none of them true … more

Trial reports    November 26, 2009  
Peter Haertsch v TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd

Channel Nine closes its truth case with expert testimony describing Dr Peter Haertsch’s treatment of breast implant patient Andrea Chia as “entirely inappropriate”... Justice Henric Nicholas admonishes counsel on both sides for “sledging” ... more

Trial reports    November 24, 2009  
Peter Haertsch v TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd

When is an expert witness not an expert? Stuart Littlemore QC tests the boundaries … Nine’s key witness in a Current Affair story about breast implant surgery gone horribly wrong, gives some tearful evidence ... more

Trial reports    November 20, 2009  
Peter Haertsch v TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd

Not what the doctor ordered … Channel Nine’s barrister Bruce McClintock SC takes the scalpel to plastic surgeon Dr Peter Haertsch in a day of devastating cross-examination. A Four Corners interview he gave three years ago proves critical ... more

Trial reports    November 18, 2009  
Aleksandra & Ljiljana Gacic & Branislav Ciric v John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd

The Sydney Morning Herald’s case draws to a close with some unusual evidence – a statement from its star witness, former Coco Roco general manager Drew McLennan who died suddenly in Bali three weeks ago. He says the food was sometimes “appalling” ... more

Trial reports    November 17, 2009  
Peter Haertsch v TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd

Gruesome details of breast implant surgery gone awry emerge in plastic surgeon Dr Peter Haertsch’s case against Channel Nine. The man awarded an Order of Australia for his work with Bali burns victims, reveals a curious attitude to cosmetic surgery ... more

Trial reports    November 16, 2009  
Aleksandra & Ljiljana Gacic & Branislav Ciric v John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd

Food (glorious, and not) takes centre stage as former Sydney Morning Herald restaurant reviewer Matthew Evans gives evidence of two meals he had at Coco Roco six years ago. Justice Ian Harrison’s mother’s culinary skills become a leitmotif ... more

Trial reports    November 16, 2009  
Aleksandra & Ljiljana Gacic & Branislav Ciric v John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd

Was Matthew Evans restaurant review entitled “Crash and burn” about one restaurant or two? ... Coco Roco was marketed as “two restaurants in one” ... Identity issue at heart of comment defence ... more

Trial reports    November 11, 2009  
Aleksandra & Ljiljana Gacic & Branislav Ciric v John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd

Things get turbulent in Court 9C as Ljiljana Gacic accuses former Sydney Morning Herald restaurant reviewer Matthew Evans of conspiring with two sacked employees to destroy her King Street Wharf restaurant Coco Roco ... more

Trial reports    November 9, 2009  
Aleksandra & Ljiljana Gacic & Branislav Ciric v John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd

The long-awaited defences trial in Gacic v Fairfax almost goes off the rails as the Gacics sack their solicitors without warning, their barrister excuses himself and NSW Supreme Court Justice Ian Harrison refuses to adjourn for more than a day … more

Trial reports    September 16, 2009  
Michael Blomfield v Nationwide News Pty Ltd and News Digital Media Pty Ltd

Nationwide News settles with Michael Blomfield four days into a devastating cross-examination of its key truth witness, Vivienne Dye. Some might ask how the case got that far ... more

Trial reports    September 15, 2009  
Michael Blomfield v Nationwide News Pty Ltd and News Digital Media Pty Ltd

Fissures turn into chasms as The Daily Telegraph’s key truth witness Vivienne Dye gives some extraordinary evidence under cross-examination by Peter Gray SC. Prior inconsistent evidence becomes a prominent feature ... more

Trial reports    September 10, 2009  
Michael Blomfield v Nationwide News Pty Ltd and News Digital Media Pty Ltd

The Daily Telegraph’s star truth witness, Vivienne Dye, admits to telling a number of untruths. This, however, doesn’t make her an unreliable witness, says the former Commonwealth Bank business analyst ... more

Trial reports    September 8, 2009  
Michael Blomfield v Nationwide News Pty Ltd and News Digital Media Pty Ltd

Former Commonwealth Bank senior executive Michael Blomfield’s defamation action against The Daily Telegraph gets off to an uncomfortably explicit start as the paper’s key truth witness accuses him of sexual harassment all over again ... more

Trial reports    July 29, 2009  
Robin Mallik v Russell Hawkins

NSW Supreme Court Justice Carolyn Simpson presides over a defamation dogfight in court 11E as Cessnock solicitor Robin Mallik sues local businessman Russell Hawkins for saying he lied to a magistrate ... more

Trial reports    June 9, 2009  
Peter Mahommed v Channel Seven Sydney Pty Ltd

An illiterate schizophrenic man called by Channel Seven tells the NSW Supreme Court he doesn’t know what a mortgage is. Nevertheless he signed “business investment” loan papers totalling over $300,000 put before him by Newcastle mortgage broker Peter Mahommed ... more

Trial reports    June 3, 2009  
Peter Mahommed v Channel Seven Sydney Pty Ltd

The scabby world of low-doc loans slowly unravels in court 10E as Channel Seven defends its Today Tonight story on “dishonest” mortgage broker Peter Mahommed. Another David “Barcelona” Richardson special ... more

Trial reports    May 24, 2009  
Keysar Trad v Harbour Radio Pty Ltd

Counsel for Harbour Radio, Richard McHugh SC, gets down and dirty as he interrogates Muslim community spokesman Keysar Trad on the finer points of homosexual sex. The Gazette brings you some (uncensored) excerpts ... more

Trial reports    May 19, 2009  
Keysar Trad v Harbour Radio Pty Ltd

Muslim community spokesman Keysar Trad tells the NSW Supreme Court he didn’t condemn Sheik Taj el-Din al-Hilali’s “uncovered meat” comments about women because no one asked his opinion. Trad’s views on women, gays and Jews come under intense scrutiny ... more

Trial reports    May 11, 2009  
Daniel Snedden v Nationwide News Pty Ltd

The defamation trial of Daniel Snedden ends with a whimper, as NSW Supreme Court Justice Megan Latham determines not to admit evidence from two last-minute witnesses called by the alleged Balkans war criminal known as “Captain Dragan” ... more

Trial reports    May 7, 2009  
Daniel Snedden v Nationwide News Pty Ltd

As Daniel Snedden’s defamation action against The Australian draws to a close, the accused war criminal accuses counsel for the defendant Tom Blackburn SC of “participating in cold-blooded murder” (his) ... more

Trial reports    May 5, 2009  
Daniel Snedden v Nationwide News Pty Ltd

Accused war criminal Daniel “Captain Dragan” Snedden takes to the witness box to deny that he was a death squad commander, that he tortured prisoners and that he condoned the rape of women and girls. Snedden tells a hushed court, “In war, the first victim is usually the truth” ... more

Trial reports    April 30, 2009  
Daniel Snedden v Nationwide News Pty Ltd

A woman who claims she was repeatedly raped by accused war criminal Captain Dragan gives graphic evidence at his defamation trial. So does another alleged victim of his inhumanity ... more

Trial reports    April 29, 2009  
Michelina Greig v WIN Television NSW Pty Ltd

Former Shellharbour deputy mayor Michelle Greig wins her defamation action against WIN TV after Justice Peter McClellan dismisses the broadcaster’s truth defence. The decision came as no surprise to some ... more

Trial reports    April 28, 2009  
Daniel Snedden v Nationwide News Pty Ltd

The British journalist who interviewed Daniel Snedden (aka Captain Dragan) in Knin during the Serbian/Croatian civil war stands by her story. The court hears harrowing evidence of Dragan’s alleged mistreatment of two prisoners of war ... more

Trial reports    April 21, 2009  
Daniel Snedden v Nationwide News Pty Ltd

The NSW Supreme Court hears that a man fighting extradition to Croatia for questioning over war crimes was “well-known for his humanitarian work”. Daniel Snedden’s defamation action against The Australian gets off to an interesting start ... more

Trial reports    April 16, 2009  
Michelina Greig v WIN Television NSW Pty Ltd

Corruption allegations abound as Shellharbour City Council’s general manager Brian Weir concedes under cross-examination that he regarded the council’s Code of Conduct Committee as “almost bordering on corruption” ... more

Trial reports    April 13, 2009  
Michelina Greig v WIN Television NSW Pty Ltd

Former deputy mayor of Shellharbour Michele Greig sues WIN TV over a news report that alleged she took a bribe from Telstra to advance the telco’s chances of signing up new business from the council ... more

Trial reports    April 3, 2009  
Tony Papaconstuntinos v Peter Holmes a Court

The issue of malice gains momentum as a former ally of Peter Holmes a Court in his battle to take control of beleaguered rugby league football club, the Rabbitohs, gives evidence against him ... more

Trial reports    February 19, 2009  
Tony Papaconstuntinos v Peter Holmes a Court

The goalposts keep shifting as malice of a legal nature takes centre stage in union organiser Tony Papaconstuntinos’ emotion-charged defamation action against businessman and South Sydney Rugby League Football Club shareholder Peter Holmes a Court ... more