Damages    June 6, 2022

Barilaro v Google LLC

Federal Court ... Former NSW deputy premier John Barilaro awarded $715,000 in aggravated damages and interest over YouTube videos ... Justice Rares describes content as racist hate speech, cyberbullying ... Refers Google and Jordan Shanks for consideration of contempt proceedings ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Damages    May 26, 2022

Aurisch v Wilson

French bulldog breeder awarded $115,000 in aggravated damages ... Defamed by posts alleging "puppy farm" conditions and wormy dogs ... Defences of truth, qualified privilege, honest opinion and triviality rejected ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Damages    April 28, 2022

Colagrande v Kim 

Cosmetic surgeon awarded $420,000 in damages and $31,511.29 in special damages … Competitor posted fake review on "RateMDs" website posing as patient who had falsely accused surgeon of sexual assault … Infliction of profound new trauma … Joint tortfeasors … Malicious intent … Aggravating circumstances … Permanent injunction ... Margery Ai reports ... more

 

Damages    April 14, 2022

The Checkout Pty Ltd v Cordell Jigsaw Productions Pty Ltd; Morrow v Cordell Jigsaw Productions Pty Ltd (No. 13)

Producer Julian Morrow awarded $35,000 in aggravated damages over emails to ABC discovered in commercial dispute with former production partner ... Morrow found ot have engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct and breach of director's duties in failing to advise partner of negotiations over show's re-commissioning ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Damages    February 28, 2022

De Kauwe  v Cohen [No4]

Supreme Court of Western Australia ... Directors' boardroom fight ... Defamation and injurious falsehood ... Perth company director awarded damages of $602,595 (including interest) ... Numerous publications ... Malice ... Reasonableness ... Costs and Calderbank offers ... Carmel Galati reporting ... more

 

Damages    February 20, 2022

Thunder Studios Inc (California) v Kazal (No. 12)

Businessman awarded $1.35 million in aggravated and special damages over website ... Defamation and injurious falsehood ... Followed bitter falling out over UAE property development vehicle ... Proceedings in Australia, Caymans, UAE and US ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Damages    January 25, 2022

Green v Fairfax Media Publications [No. 4]

Technology entrepreneur awarded $400,000 in aggravated damages ... Sued over reports of market manipulation and over-hyped, under-performing blockchain startup ... Defences of honest opinion and justification ... Opinion piece ahead of trial goes to aggravation ... Courts editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Damages    December 11, 2021

Turtur v Connor

District Court of South Australia ... Cycling identity awarded $30,000 over Facebook posts ... Claims he did not create Tour Down Under event ... Post visible to figures of influence ... Defence of triviality argued ... Aggravated damages sought ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Damages    December 10, 2021

Wang v Qin

County Court of Victoria ... Property developer awarded $150,000 over social media posts by ex-lover ... Allegations he was "scum", a "sex scammer" and a "pick-up artist" ... Defences of justification, fair comment, triviality considered ... Aggravated damages sought over threatening visit ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Damages    November 24, 2021

Dutton v Bazzi

Federal Court ... Refugee activist found to have defamed Peter Dutton by "rape apologist" tweet ... Honest opinion and fair comment defences fail ... $35,000 awarded in damages ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Damages    October 24, 2021

Nassif v Seven Network (Operations) Ltd

Federal Court ... Charity founder and developer's wife awarded $100,000 in damages ... Charity awarded $500 in nominal damages ... Economic loss to charity issue considered ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Damages    September 26, 2021

Tribe v Simmons (No. 2)

Federal Court ... Damages of $550,000 awarded against sister of NBA star Ben Simmons ... Half brother Sean Tribe sued over tweets making allegations of sexual abuse ... Substantial award needed for consolation and vindication .. "Firehose" effect of Twitter ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more