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Dossier    December 13, 2017  
Rush to judgment

Defamation the new battleground for high profile protagonists … Details of Geoffrey Rush’s proceedings against The Daily Telegraph and of the extraordinary stoush between “commentators” Osman Faruqi and Mark Latham … Both commenced in the jurisdiction du jour, the Federal Court ... more

Dossier    November 9, 2017  
To be continued ...

Actions continue to mount in the Federal Court … End of year settlement fever strikes Fairfax, Nationwide News, The Daily Mail Australia and Channel Seven … Appeals, actions, exits and entrances ... more

Dossier    October 18, 2017  
High Court bulletin

Big win for free speech … High Court finds Tasmanian laws protecting forestry operations from protesters are invalid because they impinge upon the constitutional implied freedom of political communication … The court refuses special leave over “perverse” jury verdict substitution in another matter ... more

Dossier    September 22, 2017  
Making a federal case of it

Defamation actions flood the Federal Court … Facebook posts targeted along with articles alleging criminality … Fairfax under fire from Meriton founder and an Olympics boss … John Ibrahim sues The Daily Mail ... The Voice contestant sues Nine … New Matilda launches legal defence crowd funding appeal … Several notable settlements and an adjournment ... more

Dossier    August 18, 2017  
In Liu of sources

Chinese-Australian businesswoman’s sources disclosure battle with The Age ends with a whimper … Fairfax fails to have Jamaican cricketer’s actions dismissed over security for costs tardiness … Website operated by blogger jailed for contempt still up and defaming … Australian government finally announces an inquiry into contempt … NSW union official accused of bribery settles with the ABC and Fairfax … Nationwide News settles two actions brought over Daily Telegraph stories ... more

Dossier    August 8, 2017  
Costly matters

Costs mount in three very different defamation cases, two involving criminal barristers… Rebel Wilson settles with another Wilson …Two big name actions still afoot … New proceedings from a NSW police officer, a mayor, a sports marketer, two vets and an estranged wife ... more

Dossier    July 31, 2017  
Pell mell

Reporting George Pell’s first appearance on “historical sexual offence charges” ... First Muslim in NSW parliament withdraws action against The Australian ... Former commando settles with Fairfax … “Legendary” fund manager sues Australian Financial Review ... Alleged “firebug” sues Illawarra Mercury ... Fairfax faces action from sexual assault victim and mediates with Footy Show presenter ... more

Dossier    June 23, 2017  
Mixed media affairs

New actions against Fairfax and Nationwide News from a TV presenter, a professional gambler, a bodyguard, a greyhound trainer and a sheik … Appeals by a racehorse trainer and a convicted drug felon … Rebel Wilson set to appear as the defendant in NSW Supreme Court … Mediation imminent for Jamaican cricketer … APC chair resigns due to “persistent personal attacks” ... more

Dossier    June 20, 2017  
Google on a high

Interesting times ahead for the law and the internet as High Court of Australia grants special leave to the Melbourne man who successfully sued Google and Yahoo! ... Issues of publication and defamatory meaning to be determined ... more

Dossier    May 19, 2017  
Press freedom in Sydney, Melbourne and Ontario

Freedom of speech the subject of several events here and overseas … Medals, discussions and lawsuits in Sydney, Melbourne and Canada ... more

Dossier    May 12, 2017  
The jury's out, or is it?

Fairfax seeks clarification on juries in the Federal Court and on the contextual truth defence (again) ... Celebrity defamation action in Melbourne and Sydney … Google and Yahoo make fresh strike out application …. Settlements, apologies, mediations and new actions ... more

Dossier    March 15, 2017  
Lies, damn lies and defamation

Some usual (and unusual) suspects feature in defamation actions around the country … New proceedings filed over stories in The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Gold Coast Bulletin, The Courier Mail, The Daily Mail and on Channel Nine, 2GB and your ABC … Big-ticket trials in Melbourne and Perth … Mr Fluffy settles ... more

Dossier    March 7, 2017  
Utter contempt

More contemptuous conduct by notorious blogger who calls himself a journalist … Bigger and better apologies feature in two recent high-profile settlements ... more