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Trial reports    November 23, 2011  
Vivienne Dye v Commonwealth Bank of Australia & Barbara Chapman

Vivienne Dye’s expensive and protracted proceedings against the Commonwealth Bank and others are coming to a close. But where is the plaintiff? ... more

Trial reports    October 17, 2011  
Mamdouh Habib v Radio 2UE Sydney Pty Ltd & Macquarie Radio Network Pty Ltd

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Mamdouh Habib’s last defamation court hurrah includes blaming John Laws for a stabbing in 2005 … Meanwhile, Centrelink records appear to contradict Habib’s evidence … more

Trial reports    October 10, 2011  
Fayek Iskander v Jennifer Lutton, the Presbyterian Church of Australia in the State of NSW & the Presbyterian Church of Australia

Sexual shenanigans amongst Presbyterians the subject of an unusual defamation case brought in the the NSW District Court by a former reverend ... more

Trial reports    September 8, 2011  
Matthew Hyndes v Nationwide News Pty Ltd

Australian diplomat Dr Matthew Hyndes in all kinds of trouble under exacting cross-examination by counsel for Nationwide News, Tom Blackburn SC … Allegations of bribery and corruption in Thailand in 1996 just won’t go away ... more

Trial reports    September 6, 2011  
Matthew Hyndes v Nationwide News Pty Ltd

The murky world of Thai politics, high finance, drug money and suspected murder come under scrutiny in diplomat Dr Matthew Hyndes’ defamation action against The Australian ... more

Trial reports    August 16, 2011  
Vivienne Dye v Commonwealth Bank of Australia & Barbara Chapman

The man Vivienne Dye has accused of “digitally raping” her tells the Federal Court she wanted to destroy another Commonwealth Bank executive, Michael Blomfield and his family ... more

Trial reports    August 3, 2011  
Vivienne Dye v Commonwealth Bank of Australia & Barbara Chapman

Crunch time for Vivienne Dye as her evidence about a tattoo is tested … Michael Blomfield, the man she claims sexually harassed her at the Commonwealth Bank, is compelled to drop his pants in front of Federal Court Justice Robert Buchanan ... more

Trial reports    July 27, 2011  
Vivienne Dye v Commonwealth Bank of Australia & Barbara Chapman

Former Commonwealth Bank executive Michael Blomfield takes to the witness box to dispute every detail of Vivienne Dye’s sexual harassment allegations … The bank’s counsel Peter Gray SC describes the plaintiff’s actions as “sad” and “pitiable” in an incisive opening address ... more

Trial reports    July 25, 2011  
Vivienne Dye v Commonwealth Bank of Australia & Barbara Chapman

Vivienne Dye’s defamation action grinds on in the Federal Court under the patient mien of Justice Robert Buchanan. Five months on and the former PR manager’s case against the Commonwealth Bank hasn’t closed ... more

Trial reports    May 19, 2011  
National Telecoms Group Pty Ltd v John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd

The mysteries of chartered accountancy … Failed telco NTG calls its auditor to give compelling evidence about its perfectly acceptable accounting practices … Fairfax points out he is less than an “expert witness” ... more