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Dossier    November 25, 2008  
Hold the source

The West Australian appeals order to hand over audiotapes revealing the source of an Alan Bond story … Federal government proposes three key amendments to strengthen journalists’ shield protection laws … Former ad man Geoffrey Cousins settles with Fairfax over “devious hypocrite” allegations … Former Howard government adviser loses defamation action against “paranoid” and “delusional” defendant … Convicted killer Bruce Burrell fails to suppress evidence already in the public domain ... more

Dossier    November 18, 2008  
Fax, lies and audiotape

Alan Bond wins access to audiotapes of conversations between a West Australian reporter and his “confidential source” ... Suppression order stays on “prominent sportsman” being sued for alleged sexual assault … Abe Saffron’s “business associate” sues The Age for calling him a mass murderer … ACCC granted special leave in “media safe harbour” case against Channel Seven … Justice Ian Harrison on the right to privacy ... more

Dossier    November 13, 2008  
Ever(s) so upset

Criminal defence barrister Tania Evers commences defamation proceedings against The Daily Telegraph ... So do George Piggins, Sarkis Nassif, Michael Blomfield, Michael Towke and Russh magazine publisher Dr Ian Davies … Self-proclaimed prophet Jeremy Griffith lodges an appeal … Footy Show executive producer sues 2GB and Ray Hadley for saying he encourages reporters to ridicule disabled people ... more

Dossier    October 9, 2008  
Settlement fever in Lewincamp

Settlements roll in for Lewincamp … Jeremy Griffith considering an appeal … Definite appeal in dishonoured cheque defamation judgment for Westpac … The Australian seeks special leave over doubling of damages to “supporter of terrorism” ... Plenty of fresh action for The Sydney Morning Herald’s new legal team … Judge Gibson’s $50,000 “backyarder” ... Ian Thorpe presses on despite publisher’s no-show ... more

Dossier    September 18, 2008  
Fairfax legal update

Who gets what in the legal services shake-up … Johnson Winter & Slattery set to say au revoir to some of its favourite clients … more

Dossier    September 10, 2008  
McCarthyism's effects

Where to now for Fairfax’s pre-publication work … 2UE challenges “business defamation” in the High Court … “Dirty, stinking, dobbing” Olympic cyclist’s trial set to start … Lange the focus of appeal in Lewincamp … More defamation action in Tasmania … Trish Draper’s ex loses fourth interlocutory appeal … two new suits filed against old favourite A Current Affair ... more

Dossier    August 29, 2008  
Polly Peck goes West

Polly Peck alive and well and thriving in the West … Trouble in Tassie as leading silk sues The Mercury ... The Bulletin to appeal Justice Besanko’s lacerating judgment in Lewincamp ... War-zone entertainer Tania Zaetta sues The Telegraph over “slut” allegations ... Alan Jones settles with Nurses’ Association head Brett Holmes … Queensland defamation action struck out after 18 years … Jeremy Griffith’s organisation presses on against Fairfax ... more

Dossier    August 6, 2008  
Shari-Lea settles down

Dick Pratt’s former mistress Shari-Lea Hitchcock takes the money … Seven settles two nursing home actions against Today Tonight ... The Rudd government announces a new whistleblower inquiry … Where to now for Frank Lewincamp’s other defamation actions … Special leave denied in two NSW media cases ... more

Dossier    July 14, 2008  
Who's the bully?

NSW Greens MP Ian Cohen mired in legal battles with defamation suits, assault charges and an appeal granted to Byron Bay developer Jerry Lee Bennette … Tim Johnston finally runs out of defamation Firepower … Alan Bond gets to inspect The West Australian’s computer … Today Tonight defamed former lawyers for convicted paedophile magistrate Peter Liddy … damages appeals from $12,000 to $360,000 ... more

Dossier    June 20, 2008  
A little bit of Firepower left

Elusive Firepower boss Tim Johnston pursues his defamation action against Fairfax … WA Court of Appeal finds discovery of emails between a journalist and his source went too far … Former ALP branch president and friend of Milton Orkopoulos sues Fairfax over child sex articles … WA Supreme Court says magistrate was wrong to refuse media access to police videotapes … Former vice-chancellor of Macquarie University wins a round against The Sydney Morning Herald ... more

Dossier    June 17, 2008  
Biting the hand that feeds

Littlemore on a roll … Independent publisher appeals malice finding by Justice Graham Barr … High Court declines special leave in two hard-fought NSW cases, but allows a challenge to the NSW Court of Appeal finding that it can’t hear appeals from a jury verdict in the District Court … Prominent Muslim appeals “manifestly inadequate” damages for being called a supporter of terrorism ... more

Dossier    May 22, 2008  
A friend of Judy's

Jury rejects two-thirds of actress Judy Davis’ defamation action against The Daily Telegraph ... Special leave applications aplenty … Sexual harassment victim of Joe Scimone to try mediation, rather than defamation … Company run by former mate of Graham Richardson can’t sue the ABC … Roseanne Catt sues over seven year old 60 Minutes report … ADT appeal panel to rehear public interest defence of John Laws’ “pillow biter” abuse in Kressley case ... more

Dossier    April 22, 2008  
Plus ca change

Parties opt for judge alone in first NSW defamation trial under the new Act … Justice Howie surprises in Fairfax contempt/costs judgment … NSW District Court judge Judith Gibson takes issue with the Court of Appeal … Archer Field’s trial adjourned until February 2009 … “Prince of Paparazzi” Jamie Fawcett runs out of time to appeal …Melbourne silk can’t find a judge he doesn’t know to hear his case … Business whizz Zia Qureshi gets a better result the second time around ... more

Dossier    March 26, 2008  
Eureka! Science Show sued again

Defamation all the rage in academia as Professor Bruce Hall sues the ABC and Dr Norman Swan and Professor Di Yerbury sues Fairfax … SA Court of Appeal strikes out Today Tonight’s truth plea in “fiercely contested” suit brought by the ex-boyfriend of former Liberal MP Trish Draper … suburbia rife with allegations of paedophilia ... more

Dossier    February 28, 2008  
ABC grovel over "potential" contempt

ABC apologises for “potential” contempt in Melbourne terror trial … Newly elevated NSW Supreme Court Justice Lucy McCallum concludes that lawyers are not a special class of people … Former ad man Geoffrey Cousins sues over claims he’s a devious hypocrite … Alan Bond granted leave to pursue the chronicler of his downfall, Paul Barry … “Shoddy” building company’s damages reduced by $90,000 … Former mayor of Drummoyne’s defamation action drags on ... more

Dossier    February 5, 2008  
Bell tolls for cult leader in defamation verdict

One of the first damages awards under new uniform laws … Justice Howie lets his unabashed views be known about The Sydney Morning Herald and one of its top journalists … Settlements for brothel owner Eddie Hayson (pic) and an alleged “child molester” ... Defendants have their assets frozen in the nick of time … Sexual shenanigans defamation suit against Wollongong City Council ... more