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Trial reports    November 28, 2012  
Zia Qureshi v Fairfax Media Pty Ltd

After 17 damning days, former corporate high flyer Zia Qureshi calls it a day … Verdict for Fairfax in last of the NSW defences and damages trials under the old Defamation Act ... more

Trial reports    November 8, 2012  
Zia Qureshi v Fairfax Media Pty Ltd

Tangled web of international finance begins to unravel as one time business high flyer Zia Qureshi faces an intense, forensic cross-examination from Fairfax’s barrister Alec Leopold SC … The plaintiff has trouble recalling ... more

Trial reports    November 6, 2012  
Zia Qureshi v Fairfax Media Pty Ltd

Former high-flying management consultant says two articles published in The Australian Financial Review destroyed his business … Last of the defamation actions under the old Act goes to trial in the NSW Supreme Court ... more

Trial reports    June 28, 2012  
Andrew Holt v TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd, Nine Network & Ben Fordham

Gold Coast carpenter Andrew Holt has won his defamation action against A Current Affair and reporter Ben Fordham … Jury wrestles with questions over two days as the addresses are split … Truth, contextual truth and comment all fail ... more

Trial reports    June 22, 2012  
Andrew Holt v TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd, Nine Network & Ben Fordham

More distressing details emerge in Andrew Holt’s defamation action against A Current Affair as the court sees video evidence from his now deceased wife … Nine’s barrister calls for the jury’s moral judgment ... more

Trial reports    June 19, 2012  
Andrew Holt v TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd, Nine Network & Ben Fordham

A man whose defamation trial is underway in the NSW Supreme Court admits his actions were “morally despicable” ... A Current Affair starts to look good ... more

Trial reports    June 1, 2012  
Rafiq Ahmed v Nationwide News Pty Ltd & News Digital Media Pty Ltd

A fraud quad detective who was called “corrupt” by The Sunday Telegraph comprehensively wins his defamation action in the NSW District Court … Jury finds malice on the part of the paper ... more

Trial reports    May 28, 2012  
Harbour Radio & Ors v Australian Communications and Media Authority

2GB calls for the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s new on-air advertiser disclosure requirements to be quashed … An “excess of jurisdiction” ... A “sledgehammer to crack a walnut” ... A “chilling effect” on political discussion ... more

Trial reports    May 17, 2012  
Rafiq Ahmed v Nationwide News Pty Ltd & News Digital Media Pty Ltd

Sunday Telegraph police reporter tells court he intended to convey that a fraud squad detective was corrupt … Former bank home loan officer gives contradictory evidence … Loud rumblings from the bar table ... more

Trial reports    May 15, 2012  
Rafiq Ahmed v Nationwide News Pty Ltd & News Digital Media Pty Ltd

NSW District Court jury to decide if a fraud squad detective who was included in a Sunday Telegraph story on “corrupt cops” was defamed ... more

Trial reports    April 3, 2012  
2HD Broadcasters Pty Ltd & Newcastle FM Pty Ltd v Wendy Stephens & Craig Stephens

Talkback radio on trial as radio station 2HD turns the tables on one of its callers and sues him for making false representations … Another canny strategy from Clive Evatt ... more

Trial reports    March 28, 2012  
Charmyne Palavi v Radio 2UE Sydney Pty Ltd

“Cougar’s” claws well and truly clipped as a NSW District Court jury throws out Charmyne Palavi’s defamation action against 2UE … The imputations never arose … Palavi’s barrister seeks a new trial and is rejected ... more

Trial reports    March 20, 2012  
Charmyne Palavi v Radio 2UE Sydney Pty Ltd

NRL “cougar’s” sexual mores under intense scrutiny as a NSW District Court jury hears sordid details of Charmyne Palavi’s contact with professional footballers … Meanwhile the footballers’ names are suppressed ... more

Trial reports    March 16, 2012  
William Moss aka William Miller v Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Self-confessed criminal who wanted $250,000 for a story about Schapelle Corby tries his luck in a defamation action against the ABC … The joys of the self-represented litigant ... more

Trial reports    March 13, 2012  
Bryan McMahon v John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd, Marcus Priest & Rachel Nickless

Fairfax to pay some damages to former bankrupt solicitor Bryan McMahon after a jury rejects its contextual truth defence for two Financial Review articles published in 2005 ... more

Trial reports    March 9, 2012  
Bryan McMahon v John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd, Marcus Priest & Rachel Nickless

Former bankrupt solicitor Bryan McMahon gets short shrift after lengthy consideration from the jury in the first part of its deliberations … Injurious falsehood bites the dust … Neither Fairfax nor its journalists were motivated by malice … Contextual truth awaits ... more

Trial reports    February 23, 2012  
Bryan McMahon v John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd, Marcus Priest & Rachel Nickless

Week three of former bankrupt solicitor Bryan McMahon’s action against Fairfax … Conflicting special damages evidence … Meanwhile, the journalists’ sources issue mysteriously evaporates ... more

Trial reports    February 14, 2012  
Bryan McMahon v John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd, Marcus Priest & Rachel Nickless

McClintock calls for names of journalists’ sources (again). Meanwhile his client, former bankrupt solicitor Bryan McMahon, denies he “lavished” his firm’s money on renovations to his Rosebery home, or that his debt to the ATO was anything but “temporary” ... more

Trial reports    February 9, 2012  
Bryan McMahon v John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd, Marcus Priest & Rachel Nickless

Former bankrupt solicitor Bryan McMahon’s defamation action against The Australian Financial Review and two of its journalists gets off to a fiery start as his barrister accuses both of deliberately lying ... more