Dossier    November 4, 2021

Around the courts

Federal Court ... Costs ruling in cosmetic surgeon's failed bid to restrain ABC over 4 Corners' story ... Costs ruling in broadcasters' action over Melbourne news chopper ban ... Roberts-Smith trial not to proceed unless more certainty over timetable ... Leave to serve on tech giants outside of jurisdiction denied ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Dossier    October 27, 2021

Around the grounds

Attorney-General relases online privacy discussion paper and exposure draft bill ... Social media defamation subject of private member's bill ... Clive Palmer slashes defence to cross claim after High Court loss ... Puerto Rican banker sues Nine over 60 Minutes/The Age tax evasion claims ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Dossier    October 15, 2021

Around the courts

Federal Court ... Former Attorney-General Porter seeks to adduce evidence of brief said to be returned by former Solicitor-General ... Issues of costs and question of principle ... Settlement between China watchers at risk over performance of agreement ... Settlement reached in matter that raised novel argument over tortious liability for harm caused by an unlawful act ... Preliminary discovery allowed in Google review matter ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Dossier    September 29, 2021

Around the courts

Dutton v Bazzi: Defence Minister files amended statement of claim and reply ... Vigilante journalist loses bid to extend time for appeal ... WA Court of Appeal: Kosher inspector loses appeal over extension of time ... NSW Supreme Court: Blogger receives suspended sentence over contempt ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Dossier    September 24, 2021

Movements and manoeuvres

The ABC of lawyers and the law ... Latest numbers for court and tribunal suppression orders ... VCAT disciplinary action against Google search engine litigant ... Murdoch's complaints here and there - external findings on  BBC "Dynasty" series ... Free speech, free press and proposed constitutional amendment ... Richard Ackland reports ... more

 

Dossier    September 21, 2021

Around the courts

Federal Court ... Clarification ... PNG Minister William Duma settles with Fairfax in one set of proceedings ... Confidential sum paid as compensation, $265,901 in costs ... Dutton v Bazzi: Justice White urges parties to reconsider settlement ... Proposed amendments to statement of claim ... State of Western Australia to provide discovery in Palmer-McGowan proceedings ... Justice Lee prefers in-person cross-examinations ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Dossier    September 19, 2021

Christian Porter resigns from ministry over blind trust

Christian Porter resigns from ministry over blind trust controversy ... Unable to divulge identity of donors to legal costs of defamation proceedings ... Choice between pressuring Trust for identities or remaining in Cabinet ... Blames the ire of social media mobs for not breaching confidentiality ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Dossier    September 15, 2021

Around the courts

Federal Court ... NRL star reaches settlement with Nationwide News over "rapist" claims ... Claim against prosecutor and DPP from man convicted of attempted murder set aside  ... Court can hear claim for defamation and tortious liability for unlawful conduct ... Autobody manager given leave to effect service on Google but denied email service ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Dossier    September 12, 2021

Religious observances

Fred Nile settles defamation action with disgruntled members of Christian Democratic Party ... Action followed dispute over governance ... Apology to members ... Dispute in Zoroastrian community sees defamation action ... Particulars of publication to be repleaded ... Vulgar epithets struck out ... Complexity of rulings ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Dossier    September 9, 2021

Around the courts

Federal Court ... $5 million defence in suit over Putin book ... Dispute over book sales ... Can the e-book be sued on? ... Justice Rares finds no room for Federal Court in strata dispute ... No Federal matter ... March 2022 trial in cosmetic surgeons trial ... No positive defences ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Dossier    September 1, 2021

Around the courts

Federal Court ... Federal MP Andrew Laming sues over Nine report of "lewd" photo ... Imputations that he is lecherous and a pervert ... Aggravated and special damages sought ... YouTube comedian Jordan Shanks appeals parliamentary privilege ruling ... Argues Justice Rares should have stayed or struck out imputations ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Dossier    August 29, 2021

Around the courts

Federal Court ... Former Liberal powerbroker sues Nine over 60 Minutes/Age/SMH expose on branch stacking ... Alleges conveyed imputations of serious corruption and criminal conduct ... NSW Minister settles defamation action from bespoke car dealer ... PNG Minister's defamation trial delayed until October 7 ... AFR resists taking down articles for duration of delay ... Mediation between refugee activist and Minister Peter Dutton fails ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more