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Trial reports    November 24, 2010  
Dr John Malouf v Dr Stephen Prince

Public hospital policy, doctor loyalty, patient care, medical technology, professional rivalry and all manner of oozy ear, nose and throat problems feature in Dr John Malouf’s action against Dr Stephen Prince ... more

Trial reports    November 16, 2010  
Dr John Malouf v Dr Stephen Prince

How efficiently is the defamation list running in the NSW District Court? If Dr John Malouf’s action against fellow ear, nose and throat surgeon Dr Stephen Prince is any indication, the new system appears to have some real teething problems ... more

Trial reports    October 19, 2010  
Noel Bracks v Ross Smyth-Kirk

Turf wars continue as two former office holders of the Australian Jockey Club fight it out in the NSW Supreme Court – not for the first time, or the last, it seems ... more

Trial reports    June 22, 2010  
Brian Robertson & Gregory Symons v Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Second plaintiff associated with Nu-Tec’s abortive defamation action against the ABC has his case dismissed. Convicted forger Greg Symons presses on as the ABC’s barrister kindly searches the hearing transcript for his (Symon’s) barrister ... more

Trial reports    June 18, 2010  
Keysar Trad v Harbour Radio Pty Ltd

The second day of Keysar Trad’s appeal hearing sees his barrister invoke Mein Kampf in his defence. The court wrestles with the age-old comment/fact conundrum and the limits of community standards in a multicultural society ... more

Trial reports    June 16, 2010  
Mamdouh Habib v Radio 2UE Sydney Pty Ltd and Macquarie Radio Network Pty Ltd

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Mamdouh Habib will have to wait a little longer to have his last surviving defamation action heard. Section 7A trial delayed to allow for capacity and form argument ... more

Trial reports    June 11, 2010  
Keysar Trad v Harbour Radio Pty Ltd

Legal sophistry reaches new heights as plaintiff barrister Clive Evatt likens Sheik al-Hilali to John Milton. The NSW Court of Appeal not convinced that Keysar Trad’s view of homosexuals as perverted, makes him a “disgraceful individual” ... more

Trial reports    June 1, 2010  
Lana Mundine v Avery Brown, APN News & Media Ltd and Daily Examiner Pty Ltd

NSW Supreme Court jury finds an article that defamed an Aboriginal mental health worker wasn’t properly based on the facts. Neither was it malicious. Justice Ian Harrison to decide qualified privilege ... more

Trial reports    May 20, 2010  
Antoine Bechara v Paul Bonaccorso

Property developer Antoine Bechara’s appearance in the witness box proves less than illuminating, except for one admission – he wanted to “brief” the barrister scheduled to appear against him this week ... more

Trial reports    May 18, 2010  
Antoine Bechara v Paul Bonaccorso

A long-running war between rival businessmen in Sydney’s inner-west reaches the wilder shores of defamation. Are damages payable for speaking to the police? ... more

Trial reports    May 13, 2010  
Lana Mundine v Avery Brown, APN News & Media Ltd and Daily Examiner Pty Ltd

Public service jargon permeates Lana Mundine’s defamation action against Avery Brown and The Daily Examiner as a jury grapples with the distinction between a “social and emotional well-being” worker and a “mental health” worker. Accusations fly ... more

Trial reports    May 10, 2010  
Lana Mundine v Avery Brown, APN News & Media Ltd and Daily Examiner Pty Ltd

Aboriginal politics, Grafton-style, gets an airing in the NSW Supreme Court as Aboriginal mental health worker Lana Mundine sues Aboriginal legal services worker Avery Brown over a newspaper article she says criticised her job performance ... more

Trial reports    April 9, 2010  
Robert Hunt v Radio 2SM Pty Ltd

Liverpool Plains Shire Council general manager sues 2SM over a talkback broadcast he says accused him of being a “low-life” who was working “hand-in-hand” with developers. The timing of an offer of amends is also at issue ... more

Trial reports    March 31, 2010  
Bruce Haddon v Dominic Steele and Evan Batten

“Christians in the Media” minister Dominic Steele tells the NSW Supreme Court his view of Bruce Haddon’s conduct towards young female parishioners and concedes that he should have acted earlier ... more

Trial reports    March 26, 2010  
Bruce Haddon v Dominic Steele and Evan Batten

The tide of evidence begins to turn against expelled St Aiden’s parishioner Bruce Haddon as a bevy of female “Christians in the Media” testify how he “made a bee-line” for young women in the congregation ... more

Trial reports    March 23, 2010  
Bruce Haddon v Dominic Steele and Evan Batten

“Christians in the Media” come under fire from expelled St Aiden’s parishioner over defamatory email. Bruce Haddon accuses the Anglican Church of fabricating evidence that he is a serial harasser of women ... more

Trial reports    February 11, 2010  
Ray Chesterton v Radio 2UE Sydney Pty Ltd

What’s in a name? Ray Chesterton’s case against 2UE reaches an all-time low as the evidence focuses on whether or not the former sports journalist has ever been known as “Ankles” (lower than a c***) ... more

Trial reports    February 9, 2010  
Ray Chesterton v Radio 2UE Sydney Pty Ltd

Ray Chesterton’s case against 2UE has it all – tears, vulgarity, a journo punch-up, gifts from Tiffany’s and the Vatican – and a suggestion that John Laws was “sensitive” ... more