Qualified Privilege    July 20, 2014

SRJ v Person(s) Unknown & D. & Co

UK High Court refuses to order identification of a blog author… Legal professional privilege upheld for all parties … This report from Media Lawyer’s Mike Dodd ... more


Qualified Privilege    July 18, 2014

Vincent Stanizzo v Maria Sassu & Ors

Solicitor goes through affidavits before alleging defamatory statements were made about him in a legal wrangle over a will …. NSW District Court Judge Judith Gibson summarily dismisses the claim … Rebecca Gall reports ... more


Qualified Privilege    March 26, 2014

Louis Prefumo v Arriadne Bradley

WA Chief Justice dismisses defamation action brought by a brother against his sister over statements she made to mental health professionals … Both parties were self-represented ... more


Qualified Privilege    August 9, 2013

Benjamin Ives v State of Western Australia

WA Supreme Court upholds qualified privilege defence over statements made by WA police during a home visit … Media lawyer Carmel Galati looks at the implications for an action brought by a Perth barrister acquitted of murder ... more


Qualified Privilege    June 19, 2013

Amanda Cush & Leslie Boland v Meryl Dillon

Long-running defamation action involving allegations of an extra-marital affair ends in defeat for the defendant on the grounds of malice … NSW District Court Judge Colin Charteris finds the conveyer of the rumour, Meryl Dillon, deliberately “misstated what she knew” ... more


Qualified Privilege    April 22, 2013

Sylvia Enders v Erbas & Associates Pty Ltd & Anor (No. 2)

An email sent to 20 staff about absences from work is protected by both forms of qualified privilege – common law and section 30 … NSW District Court Judge Judith Gibson finds an absence of malice might well be sufficient for this “tempest in a teacup” ... more


Qualified Privilege    December 6, 2012

Tony Papaconstuntinos v Peter Holmes a Court

Former union man Tony Papaconstuntinos loses long-running action against businessman Peter Holmes a Court … High Court majority decision confirms that common law qualified privilege protects defamatory statements made without a “pressing need” ... more


Qualified Privilege    October 7, 2012

Harbour Radio Pty Ltd v Keysar Trad

Mixed result … High Court finds radio station 2GB was protected by “reply-to-attack” qualified privilege when it defamed Muslim community spokesman Keysar Trad … Truth and contextual truth go back to the NSW Court of Appeal ... more


Qualified Privilege    July 18, 2012

James Ashby v Commonwealth of Australia & Peter Slipper

First real test of new journalists’ shield laws … Federal Court Justice Steven Rares upholds bid by News Ltd journalist Steve Lewis to protect the source of a story alleging House of Reps Speaker Peter Slipper sexually harassed a male staffer ... more


Qualified Privilege    July 10, 2012

Ian Cunliffe v Patrick Woods

Lawyers at loggerheads … Victorian Supreme Court dismisses defamation action brought over letter questioning a sworn affidavit … Absolute and qualified privilege – statutory and common law – save the day ... more


Qualified Privilege    May 31, 2012

David Marshall & Richard Tory v Michael Megna & Russell Lloyd

The defence of qualified privilege is once again the subject of appeal – this time in a case involving a torrent of “vitriolic” newsletters … Appellant’s barrister argues for a “defamation-free zone” as President Allsop bridles at bulldog clips ... more