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Trial reports    December 5, 2016  
Graeme Cowper v Fairfax Media Publications Pty Ltd & Ors; Graeme Cowper v Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Two weeks into his massive defamation case against Fairfax and the ABC, former NAB financial adviser Graeme Cowper withdraws … Expensive exercise results in verdict for the defendants and a $200,000 costs bill ... more

Trial reports    December 2, 2016  
Graeme Cowper v Fairfax Media Publications Pty Ltd & Ors; Graeme Cowper v Australian Broadcasting Corporation

The plaintiff finally gives evidence, but a key defendant won’t be … Plenty of “happy client” witnesses potentially looming, according to the plaintiff’s counsel, Kieran Smark SC … Naaman Zhou reports … more

Trial reports    November 28, 2016  
Graeme Cowper v Fairfax Media Publications Pty Ltd & Ors; Graeme Cowper v Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Witness near tears as she describes the alleged consequences of a former NAB financial adviser’s advice … Presiding judge Lucy McCallum concerned about slow proceedings and expected delays … Naaman Zhou reports ... more

Trial reports    November 23, 2016  
Graeme Cowper v Fairfax Media Publications Pty Ltd & Ors; Graeme Cowper v Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Special counsel for the NAB tells a NSW Supreme Court jury that former financial adviser Graeme Cowper admitted he had “done the wrong thing” in “doctoring” client files … The practices of bank financial advisers under scrutiny in double defamation trial against Fairfax and the ABC ... more

Trial reports    November 21, 2016  
Graeme Cowper v Fairfax Media Publications Pty Ltd & Ors; Graeme Cowper v Australian Broadcasting Corporation

First day of former NAB financial adviser’s defamation actions against Fairfax Media and the ABC finds him conspicuously absent from the witness box … His counsel plans to call 36 witnesses instead … Special damages evidence to be heard concurrently ... more

Trial reports    July 19, 2016  
Don Voelte v Australian Broadcasting Corporation

A jury of four men throws out case brought by former CEO of Seven Group Holdings against the ABC … Imputations pleaded over a report on The Business which he said implied he betrayed shareholders weren’t conveyed ... more

Trial reports    July 18, 2016  
Don Voelte v Australian Broadcasting Corporation

A war of words over the meaning of words dominates the first day of businessman Don Voelte’s defamation action against the ABC … Florid silks at ten paces in a trial reminiscent of the old section 7As ... more

Trial reports    July 13, 2016  
Anthony Cummings & Anor v Fairfax Media & Ors

Two former Fairfax employees feature in a case brought against Fairfax – one for the plaintiff and one for the defendant … Sparks fly between bench and bar table … Reasonableness under scrutiny ... more

Trial reports    July 11, 2016  
Anthony Cummings & Anor v Fairfax Media & Ors

Anthony (son of Bart) Cummings finally has his day in court after six years … Hearing on liability only before a judge alone … Fair summary of a public document to be tested ... more

Trial reports    May 20, 2016  
Nicholas Di Girolamo v Fairfax Media & Ors

Businessman and lawyer to the Obeids, Nick Di Girolamo, withdraws his action against Fairfax Media just as journalist Kate McClymont begins to name names … Second round of settlement talks gets results on day five of the trial ... more

Trial reports    May 18, 2016  
Nicholas Di Girolamo v Fairfax Media & Ors

The “absence of any evidence from Mr Girolamo” proves fruitful for Fairfax … Contrary to the plaintiff’s denials, documents show there was plenty of Obeid interest (and money) in Australian Water Holdings ... more

Trial reports    May 16, 2016  
Nicholas Di Girolamo v Fairfax Media & Ors

Intricate connections in NSW politics, business and the law come to light on the first day of the trial of Nick Di Girolamo’s defamation action against Fairfax Media and three of its leading journalists … The plaintiff himself won’t be giving evidence ... more

Trial reports    March 15, 2016  
Stephen Dank v Nationwide News & Ors

NSW Supreme Court jury finds The Daily Telegraph wrote substantially true stories when it said sports scientist Stephen Dank oversaw the administration of dangerous drugs to Cronulla players, including Jon Mannah who was in remission from cancer ... more

Trial reports    February 29, 2016  
Stephen Dank v Nationwide News & Ors

After two weeks of evidence, The Daily Telegraph decides to withdraw both its qualified privilege defences in the action brought by controversial sports scientist Stephen Dank … Three key journalists will not be called to justify the reasonableness of their reporting ... more

Trial reports    February 18, 2016  
Stephen Dank v Nationwide News & Ors

Former Sharks team doctor says he wasn’t “fussed” about players taking a formula designated “for animal treatment only” ... Dr David Givney tells the court his anger over the “supplements” program administered by Stephen Dank was more about “a demarcation dispute” ... more

Trial reports    February 17, 2016  
Stephen Dank v Nationwide News & Ors

Controversial sports scientist Stephen Dank gives his version of events at the Cronulla rugby league club in 2011, before he comes under fire from Nationwide News barrister Tom Blackburn SC … Dank denies giving players a formula marked “For equine and canine use only” ... more

Trial reports    February 15, 2016  
Stephen Dank v Nationwide News & Ors

The defamation actions brought by beleaguered sports scientist Stephen Dank over three Daily Telegraph articles begin in earnest … All the allegations of administering banned substances to Cronulla rugby league players are “completely untrue” ... more