Costs    March 11, 2024

Al Muderis v Nine Network Australia Pty Limited (No 3)

Federal Court ... Surgeon Munjed Al Muderis fails in bid to vary costs order ... Followed wholly unsuccessful effort to have Nine reporter reveal her sources ... Justice Robert Bromwich considered costs in the cause would be unjust if Al Muderis were to prevail in primary proceeding ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Costs    February 20, 2024

Lehrmann v Network Ten Pty Limited (Cross-claims)

Federal Court ... Justice Michael Lee hears cross-claims on whether Network Ten is liable for Lisa Wilkinson's costs in defending defamation action brought by Bruce Lehrmann ... "I told you so": Cross-claims overlap with defamation proceeding ... Plain that Wilkinson was within her rights to seek separate representation ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Costs    December 11, 2023

Ben Roberts-Smith v Fairfax Media Publications; The Age Company; Federal Capital Press

Federal Court ... Billionaire Kerry Stokes agrees to meet respondents' costs in defending defamation action brought by Ben Roberts-Smith ... Follows Full Court decision affirming refusal to set aside subpoenas for communications between Seven entities and Roberts-Smith's lawyers ... Costs payable on indemnity basis ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Costs    November 28, 2023

Roberts-Smith v Fairfax Media Publication (No 45)

Federal Court ... Ben Roberts-Smith ordered to pay costs of respondents to defamation action on indemnity basis ... Followed his knowledge that a number of imputations were in fact true ... Roberts-Smith ordered to pay costs of interlocutory applications where he was successful ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Costs    October 24, 2023

Russell v Australian Broadcasting Corporation (No 4)

Federal Court ... Former commando Heston Russell awarded partial indemnity costs ... Follows ABC's rejection of offer to settle for $99,000 ... Eventually awarded $390,000 plus interest ... Costs orders made by consent ... Justice Lee to make lump sum assessment ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Costs    October 10, 2023

Callan v Chawk (Costs)

Federal Court ... Plastic surgeon awarded partial indemnity costs ... Found to have been defamed in review on medical site ... Awarded $50,000 in damages ... Final offer was to settle for no damages but costs ... Imprudent and unreasonable to refuse ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Costs    September 27, 2023

CJZ Pty Ltd v Giant Dwarf Pty Ltd; CJZ Pty Ltd v Morrow (No 2)

NSW Court of Appeal ... Television producer Julian Morrow ordered to pay partial indemnity costs after losing appeal ... Rejection of 2020 offer not unreasonable ... Offer in 2023 would have left Morrow in far better position than eventual outcome ... Unreasonable to reject ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Costs    September 8, 2023

Seven Network (Operations) Ltd & Ors v Fairfax Media Publications & Ors; Ben Roberts-Smith & Ors v Fairfax Media Publications & Ors

Federal Court ... Seven entities seek Full Court to hear leave to appeal application and appeal together ... Appeal over refusal to set aside subpoenas ... Counsel for Seven argues implications for third party litigation funders ... Counsel for respondents submits larger questions do not arise ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Costs    September 4, 2023

Ben Roberts-Smith v Fairfax Media Publications; The Age Company; Federal Capital Press

Federal Court ... Argument on costs in Ben Roberts-Smith case ... Roberts-Smith concedes liability for costs, including costs on indemnity basis from March 2020 ... Respondents seek costs on indemnity basis from outset on basis Roberts-Smith knew imputations to be true ... Counsel for Roberts-Smith argues he was entitled to bring proceedings on basis of presumption of innocence ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Costs    August 22, 2023

Lachlan Murdoch v Private Media Pty Ltd & Ors

Federal Court ... Media scion Lachlan Murdoch agrees to pay Crikey's costs in full ... Amounts to $1.3 million ... Crikey agrees to forward crowdfunding of $588,735 to Alliance for Journalists' Freedom ... Follows Murdoch's discontinuation of proceedings ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Costs    August 9, 2023

Jean Khazen Nassif v Harbour Radio Pty Ltd & Anor

Federal Court ... Harbour Radio and Ray Hadley seek $1.53 million in security for proceedings brought by controversial Sydney property developer ... Jean Nassif is overseas, wanted by police, and his companies are facing liquidation ... Harbour Radio seeks guillotine order dismissing proceedings if security not met ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more